17 and never been to a dentist. What can I expect when I go?

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waterbottle1

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I know this forum is called dentalphobia, but I am not really scared of going. I am just concerned and kind of worried. I really don't have anywhere else to post this, so here you go. I know the dentist will try to help me as best as she/he can, but I am just concerned that I will have so many things wrong with me. I am set up for an appointment, so I am probably going to go in a week or so.
Anyways, I am embarrased that I never went and my parents have never taken me. My mom and step dad are living in a tight situation, so they can't afford to take me. My dad is going to take me, as I requested him. I am so embarrased, because like 90% of my friends and people I know of, have perfectly straight and white teeth. Maybe like 10% don't, but a lot of those 10% are getting/already have braces. I look around at everyones teeth and get so mad and jealous. I have no idea how all of these families can afford $4,000-$7,000 braces, when they have ti deal with getting them cars and college.
Anyways, I will tell you the state of my teeth and gums.
-My bottom gums on my teeth have receeded. IDK if it is gum disease, but my gums never bleed. My top gums have not receeded. I also, really don't have any other symptoms of gum disease. My gums are pink.
-I have tartar build up my teeth. It is inevitable, since I have never had a profesional cleaning. I brush 2-3 times a day properly, floss, and use mouth wash twice a day, so I have good oral hygeine. I am not to blame for this tartar. For the most part though, my teeth are white.
-All of my teeth are spaced, except for my molars. I have one crooked baby tooth (bottom incissor)
-Teeth never hurt, unless if I get a random wisdom tooth feeling. I can feel my wisdom teeth coming in. My upper left wisdom tooth has already erupted.

That is pretty much what I am concerned about. My wisdom teeth, gum health, and tartar build up. Are these problems reversible? Or are they permanent and will I probably need dentures by the time I am 30? I want braces badly as well. I am a good looking dude, but I feel ugly, insecure, and awful, when I open my mouth to talk, smile, or even breath with my mouth.
 
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patient

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I am sorry for your situation but the fact that you have good oral hygiene is a bonus. Things may not be as bad as you imagine.

Good luck
 
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kittykat

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if youre not having any pain, loose teeth, cracked teeth, ect. im sure youll be fine. you wont need dentures at age 30.

i had only been to a dentist twice in my childhood. finally went regularly starting at 18. i just needed a few fillings when i went back.
 
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waterbottle1

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Teeth are such a pain. By far the most annoying body part. I wish we could just regenerate new teeth, like crocodiles or sharks, when we get a cavity, abcess, ect. Instead, we have baby teeth, then adult teeth. Then we have to deal with the same annoying adult teeth forever.
 
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