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The Real Cost of a Fabulous Smile

By Judith Sjo-Gaber - 2011-11-10T22:59:46Z

Photograph by coolmilo/Getty Images

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Teeth Straightening

Do-It-Yourself

Orthodontists tell stories about people who used dental floss and rubber bands to try to straighten teeth at home, warning that such attempts can cut into the gum, cause disease and require teeth to be extracted. Yeesh. Read on for other ways to improve your smile on your own.

$0: Don't even think about trying this.

Do-it-yourself running tally: $0

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