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August 27, 2021

$50,000 will get you a new set of sparkling, white teeth

In 2010, cosmetic surgery can do wonders.

Exhibit A. Exhibit B. Exhibit C. (Mmm, maybe not Exhibit C.)

But the moral of the story is, hey, this isn’t a story book world. If you’ve got cash, an issue of self-esteem and the will, you can change almost anything about your physical appearance.

And now, for $50,000, you can get a new set of teeth. In one day.

Came across this interesting piece on HealthZone.ca this week detailing a fairly new dental procedure being offered by cosmetic dentists across Canada.

In one day, mouths with – how best to say this? – teeth too far gone to fix can now be replaced with an entire new set in a procedure called “all-on-four,” now available at a handful of Canuck clinics.

All-on-four, which even its pioneer dentist admits carries a “considerable” cost, works by affixing new teeth to a titanium rod screwed into the jaw with titanium screws.

According to HealthZone, the teeth have a “Hollywood” shine and are set in acrylic with the “reddish colour of healthy gum skin.”

They are, in essence, perfect new teeth.

Of course, there is that cost. Fifty thousand dollars is a healthy price tag, even for new, sturdy teeth that give their owners the ability to – unlike dentures – eat and drink whatever they want.

But that’s not to say $50,000 is scaring people off. Healthzone’s Joseph Hall reports that clinics have had no shortage of clients since the procedure debuted.

And despite many high-end dentures offering aesthetics on par with the all-on-four procedure, Hall notes, patients have still been keen to take out loans to have their Chiclets completely made-over.

Fifty grand well spent? You tell us.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...