The $100 Smile

Short on cash? It doesn’t mean your teeth need to end up in a jar beside your bed

Dr. Jerry Gordon of Bensalem’s Dental Comfort Zone (2734 Street Road, Bensalem, 215-639-0571, shares four budget-friendly tips that’ll keep the teeth you’ve got looking good.

Score dental discounts
A general cleaning at Penn’s School of Dental Medicine Clinics (240 South 40th Street, 215-898-8965, starts at $70, about $20 to $30 less than the average private practice’s price. Just plan ahead—spots tend to fill up fast.

Use a wallet-friendly whitener
Crest’s 3D White Advanced Vivid Whitestrips ($45 at Walgreens, multiple locations; won’t break the bank—and won’t budge, either. High-performance polymers give them stronger sticking power, which means less mess and more white.

Fight plaque for pennies
Reach Mint-Waxed Dental Floss ($3 at CVS, multiple locations; slides easily between teeth, quickly removing the bacteria-filled plaque that causes gum disease.

Brush better
If you can’t splurge on a Sonicare, a soft-bristled Oral-B Advantage toothbrush ($3 at Walmart, multiple locations; will do the job. Gordon recommends brushing for three minutes, three times a day.

Originally published in the July issue of Philadelphia magazine.