I've reached a point where I would like to get them taken care of.
I know how that goes. I had to go to the dentist twice a week for a couple of months to get everything caught up, but it's great being able to smile. It's also kind of fun being my dentist's poster boy for "it's never too late."
I have saved some money, but would like to use it as wisely as possible.
What are your options? Where do you work, and is dental insurance available?
One reason I let mine go so long was I didn't have and couldn't get any insurance. I finally got on my wife's plan, and was able to get everything done up front instead of having to pay as I went, one little bit of work at a time. It was very expensive even at that, but worth it in the long run.
If you don't have that option, you might be able to talk somebody into a charity case, or you might be able to get your work done free or cheap if there's a dental school anywhere around.
If you happen to be anywhere around Knoxville, TN, I have a friend there whose mouth was a wreck, and who is pretty much dirt poor. She managed to get somebody to fix what was left of her teeth for next to nothing. I could check into the details, but I don't live anywhere near there myself, and I don't know the specifics.
Good luck at any rate. If you can manage this, it's well worth it in the long run. My teeth were in horrible shape, but so far I still have all of them except my wisdom teeth. I'm just barely hanging onto one of them, but it's still in there. I just got it worked on for the third and final time before I have to have some extremely expensive work done on it if I want to keep saving it. (It's going to take a bone graft and all kinds of other stuff, so I may have to let that one go, I'm afraid.)