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Smile Makeovers: Are You a Candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?

by Joe Bulger DDS

Is your smile looking a little shabby lately?

secrets of cosmetic dentistry and a beautiful smile What’s the secret of a beautiful smile.

Do your teeth look a bit worn or off-kilter? Has your morning coffee left your teeth a dingy yellow? Do you show too much gums when you smile?

No matter what your concern, I can probably help you achieve a smile you’ll LOVE showing off to the world.

A Smile Makeover can change your life. That’s the power of Cosmetic Dentistry.

What I’ll talk about today are the qualities of an ideal candidate for a Smile Makeover. Possess these 4 things and you’re the perfect patient for the best that Cosmetic Dentistry can offer.

Actually, if you have an interest in marketing, these 4 criteria apply to ANY business scenario.

Do you Qualify for a Smile Makeover?

When considering a Complete Smile Makeover, I look for people who match these 4 criteria:

1. Need in your mouth.

The more gnarly (aesthetically-challenged) your teeth are, the better results you’ll get from a Smile Makeover. On a scale of 10, if you start off with a smile that’s a 3 or 4, and your smile can be transformed to an 8 or 9, that’s outstanding. That’s breathtaking.

Your friends and family will be saying “Wow!”

2. Desire in your heart.

The desire to have a gorgeous smile is what makes the effort and expense of Cosmetic Dentistry all worthwhile.  Some people appreciate the value of a terrific smile. Others don’t. If you don’t feel the desire at the start, you won’t feel excited about the results.

As a Toronto Cosmetic Dentist, I love transforming a smile for someone who “get’s it” when it come to beauty. Someone who appreciates a gorgeous smile and is thrilled by how a Smile Makeover makes them look and feel.

3. Knowledge in your brain.

The most satisfied cosmetic dentistry patients are the ones who have researched their options and considered their choices. They don’t rush into things only to regret them later.

The wonderful thing about the internet is you can easily research service options and choose a well-qualified provider for the actual work. You don’t have to gamble with your smile!

4. Money in your hand.

A complete smile makeover is a luxury cosmetic dentistry option, and it usually costs more than basic dental treatment.

The good news is many things can be done to improve your smile. If your budget is tight, you may want to consider a single cosmetic dentistry service such as Teeth Whitening or Cosmetic Bonding.

If you fit all those four categories, you’re a great candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry or a Complete Smile Makeover.

Signature for a Toronto Cosmetic Dentist.

Dr. Joe :)


Dr. Joe Bulger

About the Author: is a West Toronto dentist. He’s also the founder of Royal York Dental – a respected dental clinic serving Etobicoke since 1950.


{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kimberly Cherry December 22, 2012 at 5:26 am

I am in need of a dental makeover bad,I hate to smile I am so ashamed of my teeth,my mouth is in very bad shape.Ive not worked in almost 2 years Iam a single parent to four children I have lot of crowding teeth,overbite yellow missing at the bottom crowding its in bad shape I dont know what else to do can someone please help me please.

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2 ingrid fanjul December 25, 2012 at 2:55 am

I am in need of a dental makeover very bad,I realy hate to smile and I am so ashamed of my teeth I hate to smile and myself essteem is gone I need help really bad please help me I dont know what else to do I work at a printing company I only make 11 dollars an hour I cant afford much but I promise to pay a monthly payment faithfully on time I need help bad I even think everybody is talking about my teeth,and my mouth please help me allI want for christmas is all my teeth

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3 Rebecca A. Bennett January 4, 2013 at 2:19 am

Hi, I am a very outgoing young lady who HATES her teeth. When I was a young child they gave me tetracycline which stained my teeth a deep yellow color. I also had high fevers which softened my enamal. I have had extensive dental work for years…bonding, crowns, abcessed teeth, resulting in having to have the teeth pulled. To add to this, I also have TMJ, I grind my teeth so now they are all broken and all the work my parents put into them is shot. All I want is a new smile, one that matches my personality. If there is anyway you could help me Dr. Bulger I would be FOREVER greatful. Please contact me and I look foward to hearing from you.

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4 Joe Bulger DDS January 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Rebecca, your path of continual dental breakdown isn’t unusual. You’ve been drifting along from one dental crisis to the next. It’s a safe bet that the missing component is prevention. One way or another you’ve got to move past those old stories and get your smile back in order.

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5 maria March 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

he is only about the money he went help

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6 maria March 17, 2016 at 10:29 am

wont

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7 Carol Womack March 15, 2017 at 12:00 am

Hi my name is Carol and I’m really seeking help to fix my smile I’m 47 years old and through my life I’ve taken a lot of medicines due to medical reasons and not having dental insurance my teeth are absolutely horrible I have no top teeth and I only have four on the bottom that are completely rotted out I’ve been living inside of my house for the last four years not in a relationship feeling insecure and I don’t even do anything with my children because I don’t want other kids to think bad about their mother when people first see your mouth that’s the first impression that they get I come from humble beginnings and I’ve worked a lot of years I have back issues so now I don’t work but it’s lonely being in the house and I feel so ashamed of my mouth if you can help me it would mean the world to me I am so tired of being relationship less being lonely being in the house and being by myself I was able to get a denture about 7 years ago but I have not been able to maintain it so my denture half of my teeth are falling out some of his glued back on and it doesn’t feel comfortable in my mouth I have a lot of gum problems that are going on now I cannot even eat at times because I only have the 14th at the bottom which one is completely rotting out if you could help me it would mean the world to me by God’s grace I would be so thankful I’ve been living inside and I don’t even think I’m truly living

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8 Lisax3 January 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I am 48 and growing up I took very good care of my teeth. In my twenties is when my life style changed. I no longer had detal insurance. before I knew it my teeth became very bad. I was told a million times how beutiful I was. But in the past two years I havent herd that from anyone not even the love of my life. I know that it has been a very long time that I felt beutiful. My mouth has made me very unhappy and extremely depressed. Iam always angry because i cant be happy because I would have to smile every now and then. My relationship has ended after 6 years. I know its because I cant be happy and outgoing anymore. I dont want to feel like this anymore its making me loose friends loved ones and mostly enjoying life.Please help me or let me know how I can fix this ugliness so I can be happy again. I so desperately dont want to be alone anymore.

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9 Joe Bulger DDS January 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Lisa, sorry to hear you’ve lost your confidence. Improving your smile could certainly give a boost and allow you to start smiling again. I can’t offer you an easy path. It might take a lot of work and expense to restore your smile.

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10 Ivette Castillo January 11, 2013 at 3:23 am

I need to smile again and feel good to be around people. I live from paycheck to paycheck and can’t afford to spend on my teeth knowing that I’m loosing them.

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11 Joe Bulger DDS January 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I can appreciate your struggle. Once you opt out of regular care, there’s greater risk of problems and then skyrocketing costs to fix things back to normal. A lot of people are going without care these days.

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12 Angela Hambrick February 9, 2013 at 4:57 am

Hi this is Angela Hambrick I need a dental Makeover.my teeth and gums hurt so bad. I lost my job awoke back and I can’t afford to fix my te teeth. I have heart problems and I have infection on my teeth and gums.please help me. That wouldn’t be my dream come true.thanks Angela

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13 Beverly G March 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Dr Bulger I am in desperate need of a smile make over I too have dental nightmares when I was young I suffered from soft teeth so I have lived thru absect teeth to broken teeth to having TMJ, I am so insecure smiling I try not I have 3 crowns on my front teeth that are different colours I have lived thru them falling out and having shear embassement the worst was this past new years eve it falling out I am so afraid to go out any place to eat that they may do it again I hate my teeth and my smile I am 42 years old and would love to live the rest of my life feeling proud to smile and not so insecure.. Please help me I would be so greatful for your kindness.. Thank you.

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14 Sheila white March 6, 2013 at 5:39 am

Hello I’m a 46 yr old lady in need of a makeover I have many missing teeth was lost as a child I’m very insure because if my smile had a very had child hood in need of such a makeover no back or side teeth please help thanking you in advance….God Bless

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15 Sheila white March 6, 2013 at 5:52 am

I dnt have insurance at this time I just so unhappy with my smile I had bells palsy in 1988 smile still not all there but some teeth would help I have no back or side teeth if you would help me im in such a need thanking you in advance God Bless I lost my teeth as a child from poor dental care if I had a cavity they wouldn’t fill it only pull it that sound wild to me I feel ugly with no teeth very bad mouth a must see cant chew food right please if you can’t help maybe a partner of your can please send me a email or reponse again thanking you in advance…ll

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16 Robert Hunter March 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Look I’ve been trying no luck my smile is sick to look at I want look like use to getting married and I look like a hot mess I just need help in a worse way please help me I can’t even work wth out someone laughing at me my like has been an night mare thts getting worse so please help me

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17 Thomacina Minor March 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I am a 28 year old white female. I have chronic mouth and jaw pain. My husband is a 17 year vet in the us army. I have metlife for my dental insurance, but, with all that i need done and the patient responsibility portion, my dental needs are on the back burner as i put my kids dental hygiene before my own.

I just watched The Doctors and seen a girl named Danielle that was in the similar situation as myself. She got a smile makeover and it brought tears to my eyes.

So, I jumped on google and thought, what are the odds but hey, the worst answer would be no. I just figured i would try.

Desperately desiring a smile makeover and wanted to see what i could do….

Respectfully,
Thomacina

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18 melissa cushman April 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm

I use to have a smile that I was proud of, I became pregnant with triplets & some how was later told I have a condition that my teeth all started falling apart & I have lost! I cant smile nor do I want too,it is so bad! I don’t have money to get them fix as it will cost more then a house! I avoid contact with others & avoid having to go places & to talk to people if possible! I wont look in the mirror as it severly depresses me feeling lost & no hope to ever get them fixed! I am a loner when once I was a people person I just cant face friends,family or people in general ashamed of how my teeth look what’s left of them & been looking for help with NO success! I cant live life this way,please help me!!! Please help me,please!

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19 Wendy States April 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Hello,
I am so ashamed of my smile. I cover my mouth with my hand when I laugh. I am so ashamed of broken and decayed teeth, that I have put off going to a local dentist because I worry of running into someone I know working there, that will tell others of my teeth. I worry when Im talking to people, especially when someone is sitting and I am standing,that they can my broken teeth. I get very nervous. Please could you help me?
Thank you so much,
Wendy

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20 Elizabeth April 16, 2013 at 5:27 am

First I would like to thank you for offering to help improve someone’s quality of life. I know first hand how rewarding this is because I honorably serve our US soldiers and veterans who have hearing loss. My story likely does not stand out but I will share it anyway. I had no dental care until I was a teenager at which time I got a job to pay for treatments. I have had so many root canals I’ve lost count. My previous treatments are failing and financially I’ve exhausted my resources. My option now appears to be full mouth extractions with dentures which is an option. My only concern is being able to maintain clear speech as I previously mentioned I work with veterans who have hearing loss and I feel implant bridges would give me the best chance at maintaining clear speech. Whomever wins I know will feel blessed and have an improved quality of life because I know what it is like it live in pain, isolation,embarrassment and depression because of bad teeth. I appreciate your consideration and am grateful someone will get a second chance at life. Thanks, elizabeth

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21 jessica May 7, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hi, I am a military spouse and mom of 3 kids. I am 27 and a college student. We don’t have the money for dental bills and I am in dire need of help fixing my teeth. I have teeth that have been pulled and not replaced by anything and I have cavities in my front teeth that need filled and need crowns. I am in pain from a tooth falling apart and the roots being exposed. I can use any help I can possibly get. Trying to find any dental assistance i can get.

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22 Doris J Earl May 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I’m going to be a new bride on Sept. 28th of this year. This will be my first marriage at age 52, and I’m so excited. My honey loves me just the way I am, but for a long time, I have been really ashamed of my teeth. Over the years, I didn’t do a very good job with the care. On my wedding day I would love to surprise Michael with a beautiful smile. I need to feel good about myself as well. Please say yes and help me fulfill my dream. Thank you so much, Ms. Earl

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23 Sabrina June 3, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Shabby doesn’t begin to describe my smile and the toll is has taken on my self esteem.

Hi,
As a young girl, I was raised in the Caribbean in a small Island of no more than 50 thousand people. We had limited professional health and dental care. At the age of 15, my grand-dad took me to a “home made dentist”. The “dentist” had no professional training or schooling to practice dentistry. He pulled 8 of my teeth in two days because they had small cavity on them. I was his teeth extraction Guinea Pig. Teeth that could have been saved by simply filling them were taking away from me. I am now 30 yrs and have suffered bone loss as a result of the teeth loss.
Today, I live in the US and just finished my Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Law and I am planning to start law school (UCLA) next Fall. I don’t know how I managed to get through my many school presentation without smiling or showing my teeth, but I did and I felt embarrassed doing it. I try not to smile and if I do, I would use my hands to cover my mouth or bend my head. I have a pretty face and body, but my smile is just horrible – the missing teeth that is – huge spaces in my mouth. But, the teeth that I have left, I try to take very good care of them. I can’t tell you how many nights I dreamed of having all my teeth and smiling widely.
To fix my smile, it will cost over $30,000, I don’t even have 1% of that.
I don’t know if I can get through law school with the low self esteem due to my missing teeth, but I am hoping that one day I will be able to get my smile fixed. I would just like to smile and smile really wide.

I truly envy and admire all the beautiful smiles out there.

S.

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24 Joe Bulger DDS June 3, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Sabrina, thank you for sharing this sad, and yet beautiful story. The great news is you’re well on your way to success. Regarding your smile, perhaps you can look into a transitional solution – something that could work reasonably well for now. Once your financial situation improves, you could consider other options.

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25 Sabrina June 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Doctor Bulger,

Thanks for your feedback.

I feel like I was robbed and I know that I could have done more and gotten even further in my career and life overall had my smile not been robbed from me.

It is sad, but you’re right – I do have a beautiful story too. I am looking forward to a bright smile in the future.

Sabrina

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26 maria March 17, 2016 at 10:25 am

doc u have no sympathy and ur all about the money

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27 Tanya Clark June 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

Hi…

My name is Tanya…Everyday I wish I had a smile that I wud not be ashamed of, ever since I was little I was constantly in the dentist office but no matter what they did for some reason My teeth wud still always break down, I hated smiling n still do or even talking because I feel like people are looking at my mouth saying eww :( Everyday going to.skool when I was young was horriable I wud leave in tears from being cslled green teeth etc horriable things as I grew up I payed dentists out of pocket for procedures like rootcanals..crowns but like always the broke down, I brush my teeth alott to.save what I do have..Im a single mother of two kids on welfare so.I dont have any.options ..I hate it n think bout having a beautiful smile all the time I even dream of it I want it thast bad…My teeth hurt n are broken n ugly Im so ashamed can u.plesse help me please I would do anything to have a smile anything. I just want to look in the mirror and feel good..Im 30 now ,I dont even wana really go out n improve my life n keep tryn to make something of myself I feel like people will look at my teeth n,judge me some how…I want to.smile..s smile so white n.perfect where I can be proud to.smile not worry if someones lauhhing with me or at me… please…pleasee help me

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28 Mark Hillyard August 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

I have been struggleing with bad teeth all my life I am 30yrs old and my canine teeth are growing inward and the teeth beside them are being affected. I just lost a tooth beside my two front teeth and now I am super self conscious about smileing. I am in desperate need of dental work but have very little income, I don’t know my options but would really consider anything at this point if it can bring down my dental cost. if you or anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated, I have been told that I could be a model but when I smile it don’t match my handsome features. Not to brag or anything just trying to describe my appearance

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29 Gerri Hendricks September 4, 2013 at 5:12 am

Dr. Bulger, I desperately need so much dental care. My husband and I just recently filed bankruptcy and we are barely making it. Due to just getting by, dental care is on the bottom of the list. Yesterday, a bridge that I have had over 10 years fell out. I have been battling severe depression and my teeth only add to my misery. Please, please help me!!!

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30 Angeline September 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi

I have been struggling with my teeth since before I can remember. As a child dental hygiene was not important to my mother and I can remember only visiting the dentist once. I am 28 with four children. My children’s ages are 14, 12, 10, and 9. Because I am always on a fixed income, its quite difficult to even think about affording to fix my mouth. My first obligation is my children and since this is so as time progress my teeth are getting horrible. I have 21 teeth and half of the ones I have left are rotten and they hurt. I don’t smile and I’ve become very antisocial because of my teeth. They are a huge burden weighing very heavily to the point I don’t allow myself to be involved with any of their school activities. I never want them to be ashamed of me, so I’m the very best mom I can be without getting involved at their schools. However I need this as much as I need to live…..cause without it I don’t exist anyhow. Please fulfill my life long dream and give me a reason to smile!

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31 lisa jackson October 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Hello, Im a 51 yr mother of 8. Ive had all my teeth pulled in anticipation of having dental implants. That was 3 yrs ago. We had insurance, then My husband lost his job. All of our saving were used in helping our grandson who was diagnosed with AT/RT brain cancer, his battle only lasted 4 mo. when he passed. and since then we are just trying to put back together all the pieces. Having teeth would help me so much in moving forward in life.

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32 catherine racine November 6, 2013 at 12:25 am

Hello I have a friend who is 61 years old, she has real bad teeth , she can”t chew her food correctly some of her teeth are loose , She has had a mini stroke and is doing fine with her recovery , she is really in need of help could you possible help her ? I know it would make her life so much better to be able to eat a piece of meat instead of soft food , Thank you so much

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33 melissa warner November 6, 2013 at 6:05 am

hi, this is for my mom she has taking care of all these years,she raised us by her self and made sure we were taking care of.i just want to give something back to her she lost her teeth back when i was little do to a dentist in illinois,and she has been so depressed these last few years she dont like going any were because of her teeth people look at at her and always has something hurtfull to say to her.
i heard her talking to my grandma one day about she is ready to give up because she hates the way people put her down and because of her teeth missing she says she feels spo ugly that she will always be alone because no one wants her i hate seeing her hurt so much when she was always there for us kids me and my two brothers.
so please can you help give her something to smile about ,
melissa w

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34 theresa gravley December 13, 2013 at 9:51 pm

hi my name is theresa. i dont no wer to start. i am a person who has stayd in the dark for a long time now .hiding from my smil for years now .i have 4 boys and one gurl .i lost my 18 and 22 year old son in a bad car reck on apri 2011. and new i had to face the publik then i seen how bad pepol are or can be.as i held my head down in the corner i could hear them saying things about the way i looked. it hurts me to hear thos thing .if thay only had to walk in my shos thay mite understand how i feel. my teeth are not all my falt i was in an abusev relashion ship and he brok out my front tooth and chipd 3 of my uther teeth .so now i do not date go out i try to stay away frme pepol so i dont have to go threw the pain .i have forgot what it was like to smile anymoor.i fill like a let down to my self .i have tryd and tryed to get them fixd but as you no the cost is way more than ill ever have.i would like to thank you for giving your time for me to hear my story.even if you dont pick me i no thair is a lot of pepol out thair that needs yer help.butmaybe someday i will have that smile that i can show to the world one day .and who nose you might be that one who brings me out of the dark whith the most butiful smile for the world to see!!!!!! thank you

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35 nechelle whitmore December 21, 2013 at 2:49 am

Happy holidays my name is nechelle I’m a 46yr old a/a widow. For 13yrs my teeth are so bad I completely stop smiling. I have 3 teeth at the top an 3 at the bottom with a bridge. I have no self esteem i think I’m ugly. My passion is singing as i have all my life. Will you please help me get my life back i promise to wear a evening gown and sing for you. I just want to smile again please please help me

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36 Jaime December 26, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I’m a single mom of 4 struggling to find work. A perfect smile has always been a dream to me! I desperately need a makeover. I’m a cosmetolgist by trade which means I’m up close and personal with the public…I’m tired of hiding my smile I want to smile big even in my struggle :)

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37 Brent Hill February 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Please help me for God’s sake, I was in a terrible car crash crushing my legs and recovered then in a motorcycle accident breaking my back. I have recovered, but after all the years on a certain medication, my teeth weakened and had to be removed. I desperately want teeth implants but being on disability, can’t afford it, please help or maybe give me advice on where to search for help, thanks.

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38 Amanda May 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm

It’s so hard to do this… I am in need of a full mouth reconstruction i will get to my story in a minute but first when i started looking for help for not only my mouth problem but homlessnes and help in general i almost cried for a day straight all these programs exisit why?? you read online the great world of the united states well i was born and raised here i look around help with shelter food clothing they do not exisit i hate to say so why do these people sitting in those office get paid for i have not found one not one place that would help but u sure bet there out there donate now to help this and that but when u need it we have no funds we closed this that and so on i have been divorced 7 years now but 7 years ago for 5 long years i was beat raped and degrated by my own husband i have beautiful children from a world of caous i got out but now i look in the mirror teeth missing broken pain it hurts im reminded of what happen to me i look at the scars and hate myself for not getting out sooner about a year ago i lost my job my home had to move to where i thought i could get help no one cared i have no family other than my children and there so good i am amazed at how good they are they are never scared so to cut this short i dont need pity i just need help i want to smile with my children not be sick i want one picture just one of a beautiful smile to match the two starting back at me

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39 rayme June 13, 2014 at 1:49 am

I believe i deserve a chance at making my family a happier, more sociable family. I’ve found the man of my dreams and he also has giving me the trust of his 3 Beautiful, Amazing, Smart, Talented children. He works a 8-4 Monday thru Friday job leaving him no time basically to handle schools, and other day time activities. which is where I come in but I have a hard time speaking to authority figures because I’m very insecure about my mouth. I really need help with this and it would completely changed my life with my family.

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40 Kat October 11, 2014 at 6:52 am

I just want every single person who wrote a comment here to know , you are beautiful!!! And you are not ugly or disgusting or gross … I say these words because I too have felt this way due to not having straight teeth that look like everyone in the magazines … They grew in crooked and my parents couldn’t afford it … I felt shame , embarrassment and judged all the time from a very young age …

Please don’t beat yourselves up! I know how special every one of you are in your own ways!
:)

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41 Renee Young October 14, 2014 at 11:45 am

Hi my name is Renee! The first thing I would like to ask after reading all these comments is; is this a ligit competition? Or a page for people to poor their hearts out about their bad luck with their teeth? I simply have a bad smile because I had $4500 worth of work done to my teeth but I think I had the dodgiest dentist on the planet and now my teeth are 10 times worse than they originally were…. I refuse to smile as there is not much to smile about after losing my girls earlier this year..

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42 Maggie Deitzer December 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

My name is Maggie Deitzer and I am 23 years old. I am not sure when the last time I was at the dentist to be honest, but if I had to guess it was well over 5 years it may even be close to 10. Growing up, I had medical asstistance through my parents who I love so much, but they never cared much for their teeth. So for much of my childhood I did not see the dentist as much as I should have and did not take care of my teeth like I try to today. I lost medical very early I believe I was only 16. Most people my age are still covered by their parents medical, but I am not one of those fortunate people. Because both of my parents are disabled, I was no longer able to recieve medical because they expressed I was making to much money at my part time job. As much as I wanted to cut back on my hours so I could keep my medical, I could not afford to with trying to save for college. When I met my first boyfriend after loosing my medical, I also ended up loosing two of my top teeth and cracking a back tooth within two years. I was and still am incredibly embarassed about my smile and sadly it just has gotten worsen. After I broke up with my past boyfriend I met a great guy who loves me unconditionally. When we first met, although I was still embarassed by my smile I was kinda okay with it. Than one night my boyfriend discovered my missing teeth. I bit his finger when he went to point it out. I had never been so embarassed in my life and I just began to cry. He held me tight and promised me he would never judge me based on my smile. I thought this would help, it didnt. I work with children and families who have behavioral issues and special needs as a TSS worker. I started my job a few months after I started dating my boyfriend who promised no one judges my smile, although I have faced it many times. I had children who pointed it out in joking manners and concerned ways. No matter what it was embarassing. My job does not offer medical unfortuently but I love my job and the children I do work with depend on me as much as I depend on them to make me feel like I am changing others lives. In the past few months my teeth have gotten worse. I can feel the plaque growing on my teeth, and it doesnt matter what products or money I spend my teeth still seem to be getting worse. One night my boyfriend took me out for our anniversary and I ended up chipping a back tooth and it ruined our whole night but I couldnt admit to him. Ive cried so many nights to him, my parents, my friends, even to a few of my clients parents. Im not looking for sympathy I just need to know that others know why im not the happy person I once was. As crazy as it sounds sometimes when I cant sleep I look into what bad dental can do to people. It scares the crap out of me to know that I can have heart disease, but thats not the worse part to me. All I’ve ever wanted was to be able to have children, its honestly my dream because I love children. Well you probably know this but I found out that bad dental can cause premature labor or even miscarriages. It destroyed my dreams and everyday now I just honestly hope for the worst so I dont have to have others to suffer dealing with me. I want my boyfriend to be able to have a family and enjoy life, but with me around im just holding him back as much as he wont admit it. I literally wake up and dont even want to leave my house. Im so embarassed for anyone to see my teeth and no matter how hard I try I think about it constantly. My dentist, it would be my biggest dream for you to give me such a huge life changing gift. I would never know how to repay you, but I promise my happiness would help. I know you have many enteries and I know their probably are others who have other dental issues that are probably much more serious than mine. But if you could please allow me this chance you would make me the happiest person in this world. 

Thank you so much for your time

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43 Edith Noria June 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

My name is Edith Trujillo, I am 36 years old and I have four daughters. I have always made my children my #1 priorty. As a child I had never been to see a dentist. In fact, during 7th grade I met my school counseler and she drove me to my 1st dentist appointment. She paid out of her pocket but my parents failed to keep my appointments. So now that my 2nd oldest just graduated high school, I need to take care of myself because I’m in pain physically, emotionally, mentally. Please help me?

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44 Edith Noria June 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

I have been turned down many times. My smile has kept me like a prisoner. Because of my smile I have not been able to face the world! It has kept me from getting a career. All of my dreams have been kept on hold. I have recently lost weight to improve my self esteem. But I cannot smile in public or to friends and family. I cannot continue to live like this. I am In despartely need of your help.

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45 Nadine September 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Please help…I have nooooo social life becauae of my smile. I am in dying need of help

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46 Jackie October 18, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Hi Dr. Bulger my name is Jackie I’m 27 years old I believe our smile is the most IMPORTANT! Thing to us!! Why I say that is because you can have on the worst clothes an your hair not did but your smile is the first thing they will notice! I Just WISH ONE DAY!! Just ONE DAY!!! I can smile without half smiling and laugh without covering my mouth! An speak clearly without not trying to open my mouth as wide so my teeth want be seen. I been bullied an called EVERYTHING YOU CAN NAME! About my mouth .I’m a very beautiful woman an I know that! An I want let what they say about my mouth CHANGE THAT! I’m a BIG faith believer an my faith in God is STRONG! If I lose everything else I WANT LOSE MY FAITH! The people that done picked on me an the same people that do to this day! Will never understand my struggle I’m not a people’s person just cause I don’t want to be in nobody’s face an be judge all over again! I stay to myself I come off to people as being stuck up but I’m a very loving person!! I will LOVE to be more open to people! I been doing research on different dentist’s and prices but its just out of my range I have a set of twins that’s 7 an a 3 year old I just don’t have it to get the work done. I’ve been through alot !! that’s just half of it. it really took an affect on me an my life! My wish is to be able to smile An talk with confidence! For the first time in my life! I know it would change me am ALOT! I would love to be picked for a makeover! So I can really tell me story An pursue my dreams! I feel my story will help alot of people.

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47 verella jones November 28, 2015 at 1:25 am

Just once I want my dream
To come true please help me with a smile makeover

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48 verella jones November 28, 2015 at 1:27 am

I trust god no matter what

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49 shelley rivers December 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

Hi my name is shelley and im 25 years old reading this and all the other peoples statements about thier teeth makes me want to cry, because all my life i prayed that one day ill be able to afford to get a nice smile i also have a huge black spot on my tongue that I’ve had for years. I hate smiling AND talking cuz i always think people are looking in my mouth. I always see celebrities on tv and get kind of jealous because ill never have a nice smile like they do. It just makes me sad to know ill probably live the rest of my life hating my smile. I wish there was some way you can make payments on the overall procedures im willing to even set up my bank account so that i wont miss a payment. Wishful thinking though.

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50 Malia Hauki December 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

Iam in need of a smile cause I don’t do that any more.
It’s sad but sooooo true iam 34 and my teeth are so messed up I won’t even smile and when I laugh I cover my mouth iam misrible and so depressed because of my teeth please help me it would be a Blessing to smile at my kids and family again sincerely Malia jade nohealani hauki

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51 Mary Lampkin January 2, 2016 at 1:09 am

I am in desperate need of a smile I have discolored teeth chipped teeth missing teeth I have teeth that need crowns. I really don’t like to smile anymore because of my teeth. I get down when my teeth are horrible looking. I can’t afford it I have no insurance and unemployed. Please help me

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52 Jessica Stumbo January 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Hi Dr Bolger!!

I am 33 years old and have been through hell and back in the past 2 years dealing with 2 major health issues which have affected my teeth. It has affected my teeth more than I knew. For years I modeled for many local magazines, tv shows, magazines etc. Through my mid 20’s I began to feel and shows signs of illness only to be misdiagnosed and left to deal with the illness on my own. My teeth were getting softer and breaking away little by little. I was known for my smile and as my health, it was fading fast. I finally found THE doctor that diagnosed me correctly. My weight had withered and I was down to a sickly 85 lbs. I just wanted to die! I was diagnosed with Chronic Pancreatitas. After many days of unbearable pain, I landed in Tampa General Hospital for a month with so many IV’s and meds to stop the pain. They found 2 liters of fluid in my right lung so they had to enter chest tubes 2 times bedside. Talk about pain! I was immediately put on a feeding tube since my pancreas was unable to function. I was sent home with it for another month. So after all these years of being misdiagnosed and dealing with the bad that came with it to finally being diagnosed with such a brutal illness, I fought as much as I could because I’ve never been a quiter! I’ve had to completely change my entire life style from EVERYTHING I’ve known my entire life. Sleep, eating and drinking, friends, activities, etc. So noticing all of this had on my teeth I tried little by little to Make dental appts and fix what I could. Little did I know I had another curveball that I had to take on. I had a mole checked on my arm and I just so happened to get the results call ON MY BIRTHDAY last year!! I now had to face and deal with Melanoma. I went into a complete shock asking God “Why Me”!!!! So now my teeth are once again on the back burner. I went into surgery and came out with 2 big nasty scars…1 on the back of my arm and 1 near my armpit where they had to check my lymph nodes. So now I have overcome 2 major illnesses and still standing! Lol, Now back to my teeth. Through all of this, my mouth was taking a beating. I have spent more than $10k on my teeth for things like bridges, crowns, fillings etc. I am still sitting here with temp bridges on both sides of my top teeth, still needing fillings and much more. I just want my smile back!!! I went from loving the camera to hiding from it!! Everyday is a battle with trying to keep my weight up, not eating or drinking something that will irritate my stomach, dental pain. If i was able to get a new smile, I think that would boost my self confidence that I lost a long time ago. I’m desperate!!! Please help!!!!!!

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53 Lori Williamson January 11, 2016 at 1:20 am

Hello Dr. Bolger, I am 55 years old with the worst teeth ever. I am missing so many teeth and I never want to smile. My confidence is all gone. I hate taking pictures and really don’ t at all, unless I have to. I have just wanted to end my life at times and not have to deal with thinking about my smile anymore. I see people looking at my mouth and it’s very embarrassing, and to me too late to even think about going to get them fixed. I can top anyone with bad teeth at this point and really just need help. I looked online to see if I can seek some kind of help and saw your website. I decided to at least give it a shot to ask for your help in getting my confidence back. Please help me !!!!!!! Thank you

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54 Lauren January 18, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I’m 27 I love to smile but you don’t see me do that often well yeah you do but you don’t see me show my teeth in any pictures since I was 8 years old first started when I was 8 I was treated really bad by my sibling she knocked my front tooth out I walked around like a hillbilly with no front tooth so I was 14 years old I had braces for 4 years the calcium deficiency War of the braces into my teeth and it sunk into my teeth I had 7 teeth pulled and I still have a mouth full of teeth tthat are rotting t and a fake front tooth that was replaced 10 years ago I got pregnant how to my daughter my teeth got destroyed when I was pregnant with her I’ve had root canals I still have all my original teeth except the front one but they are in very bad shape I don’t know what to do anymore I get accused of being on drugs I do smoke I do not do drugs I brush my teeth a lot with Sensodyne they hurt all the time I don’t know what to do when my friends got fixed when I was 14 I cried cuz I looked amazing I want that feeling back

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55 Debbie Skaggs January 19, 2016 at 3:35 am

I’m a pretty happy person most the time, but I don’t smile at all I have a good outlook on life but I don’t smile because my teeth are horrible. I’m 57 years old and done drugs up to the age of 40 45, being clean now 14 years on the hard stuff and then clean off the pain pills now for 2 years.

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56 Christine Dowsing March 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

I’m 51 my teeth are a disgrace ive been on my own for about 8 years and since then I found out that my son is autistic and can be very difficult and in 2012 I found out that I had cancer which I’m still being checked for, I’m so very lonely and I know I will never meet someone with teeth like mine. I would be very grateful if you could help me I’m desperate

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57 Lorna Spence March 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

I would love a smile makeover….when I smile my teeth look gray and almost transparent,,,,, my question to you is what can I do…..thanks

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58 Danielle April 24, 2016 at 10:51 pm

I have space teeth, over bite, and More I’ll be a perfect candidate …

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59 Ann July 15, 2016 at 3:22 am

Good evening. Just like many others I was lured to this page. With the thoughts there was a chance to enter a smile makeover contest. Most people ( myself included) are searching for a contest because of having a hard time and feeling bad inside. At least that is how/why I ended up on here. Next, we see an ad and get hope. Maybe a little or maybe a lot. However, this site was/is a scam. Preying on the weakness of other people. Doctor please,please find another way to link your page. Or maybe a some kindness and actually have a smile makeover contest.

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60 Maggie July 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

My teeth falling out at fronti have one chipped tooth left at front can not smile laugh chew or eat or bite live on soup I 58 no money spare for dentist have to look down to talk to poeple I so depressed all I have in my mouth is four bottom teeth so depressed

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61 Lou Ann Nuefeld August 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

I am 50 year old woman that hasn’t smiled since the age of 9 years old. I was in foster care and didn’t have proper care. My mouth was crowded because my mouth was to small for adult teeth. I also have under bite.
My teeth are aweful…decay, broken and missing teeth…bone loss. I have isolated myself since childhood because of my mouth. I want to live! I don’t go to dentist because of the trauma of having someone look at my teeth!
Thank you for your consideration,
Lou Ann Nuefeld

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62 Rosetta Johnson August 29, 2016 at 2:24 am

I had acid reflux bad and my front teeth are real small. I have been seen by a dentist and I got my teeth cleaned and they gave three fillings. On one of the teeth they put a filling on the tooth chipped. I will never got to them ever again. I would reall like to be able to smile again.
Thank you,
Rosetta Johnson

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63 Shelley September 9, 2016 at 4:30 am

Hi my name us Shelley. I am a young 57 yr lady.
OMG, my teeth. I don’t smile, cover my mouth with my hand, and conscious of my teeth.
I have 6 teeth on top and two roots, all the teeth on top at one point were capped, but slowly lost them, one is about ready to fall out.
The bottom, oh my…
One root, and one bad half tooth. Sad to say I need the roots to be able to chew. No bottom front teeth at all. I feel horrible and worry what people think. I talk with my head down, praying they don’t see them. It’s been a dream for me to get normal teeth, smile.
Thank you for reading my Story.
Shelley.

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64 Kelly simpson September 24, 2016 at 10:15 am

Hi my name is Kelly and I’m 44 years old. I never dreamed that I would be in this situation with my teeth. I remember growing up how the adults would stress how important it is to take care of your teeth and I just blew it off. I’m from a small town in West Virginia and we didn’t have floride in our water plus I started my family at an early age , didn’t drink milk or vitamins for calcium so slowly I started to loose my once beautiful teeth. I never realized how important it was to brush 3 times a day and slow down with the sweets. , and the drugs and alcohol didn’t help matters.I’m paying for my decision now and wish I could turn back time.. I never thought that I would miss my teeth, my smile but I do.. Having to keep a frown on my face just makes me a total different person..always have to match my mood to my expressions and its rather depressing. My teeth have gotten go the point to were its hrting my relationship with my fiance. I’m always mad and its affected our sex life as well. I no longer intimately kiss him anymore or get close to him for fear my breath stinks or possible infe ction. It’s just a total embarrassment and I need help.. I was told that normal dentures will not fit my gums for my gums are flat. That’s why I have prolonged getting them pulled.. I’m so tired of living in pain and I’ve lost 15 lbs because I can no longer eat.. Please help me regain my happiness, and eating habits.. Please put that smile back on my face forever. Thank you 3042034503 call me

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65 Karen Henderson September 30, 2016 at 4:26 am

Good Evening,
My name is Karen and I am 54 years old and for years had big, healthy beautiful teeth. They have now deteriorated to the point that I am in horrible pain with exposed nerves, missing teeth and the rest are crumbling. I cannot eat, sleep or smile. I have very bad GERD and apparently the acid is what has eaten my teeth. Years ago I ended up in the Hospital for 2 weeks with a badly ulcerated and bleeding esophagus. My Dentists say that they can see that I have taken very good care of my teeth and have done nothing to cause what has happened. I do not smoke, drink or use drugs and have recently found out the the prescription medication for my GERD disrupts my bodies ability to absorb calcium, vitamin B12, D and others.
I had to leave a job I loved as a Montessori Teacher due to other health problems and have been on Disability for years. I also have very painful Ankylosing Spondyloarthropathy, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, years of Endometriosis with many surgeries and a Hysterectomy at 39 years old. All seem to relate to autoimmune diesease and inflammation throughout my body. My PTSD and depression are triggered with this pain and embarrassment.
Please help me to be able to smile again!
I am on Disability and have no money to have my remaining teeth pulled and Dentures made. I also have severe TMJ and need IV sedation so a Dentist can open my painful jaw.
I am loosing weight each week and have become completely isolated and depressed. I don’t even know if regular dentures will work with my TMJ and a very high pallet.
I understand that you cannot help everyone but please consider my case. I live in Vancouver BC and would love to volunteer my time helping your company in any way I can.
Thank you for you time and consideration.

Many Blessings,
Karen
604-946-0627

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66 Jessi Clewell October 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

I would love to be considered to be able to have a smile makeover. I’m a mom of two with horrible teeth genetics (says my dentists and family history) and ever since I turned 21 I have been trying to play catch up because I grew up with a bipolar mother who would not take us to the dentist for fear of dental trackers being implanted. So I am so embarrassed about my smile and just want the pain to stop. And I want to be able to look great for my children and their father. Please help. My number is (352)573-5100.
Thank you
Jessi Clewell

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67 Kelly Ritter November 7, 2016 at 12:47 am

I am writting hope that there is still hope any more..I have dealt with a horrible smile for over 20 years. ..I have felt so ugly and low self esteem due to my teeth and smile…I have not showed my teeth for more than 20 years. ..I cry due to the pain thats happening in my mouth. ..I just wanna take a family picture with my kids and actually smile for once in my life and for the rest of my life…I wouldn’t no what to do with straight white beautiful teeth…I would be so ever appreciate just a beautiful smile and jist love life so much more…noone to make fun of me,no more stares while i eat in public and most of all to be in no more pain and have a healthy beautiful smile…PLEASE HELP ME SMILE AGAIN PLEASE….THANKS SO MUCH

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68 Kelly Ritter November 7, 2016 at 12:49 am

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69 DIAMOND TARVER-BROOKS January 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Hi, my name is Diamond and I am 31 years old. I am writing you, praying that there is hope for me yet. My teeth are in horrible shape. Several years ago i was in a terrible relationship that put me in a downwards spiral. The man I thought love me was very abusive to me, physically and especially verbal. He made me feel like i was nothing. He controlled my every move and didn’t allow me to take care of myself. As time went on, I broke free from this horrible relationship. As I begun the process of building myself back up, I started having trouble with my teeth. I have missing, rotted , and failing teeth. No insurance and minimal income didn’t permit me to get the dental care that I so desperately need. As you could imagine, things got worse over time. I find myself in pain, even when I’m not eating or drinking anything, but especially when I’m eating. My confidence is at an all time low because I don’t want to smile. I feel as though people are gonna laugh at me or judge me the second they see how bad my teeth are. I’ve lost out on great job opportunities because i don’t smile, which gives people the impression that I’m mean. When in actuality, I’m one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. But you would never know it because I’m too embarrassed and ashamed to smile or laugh. I’m still young and have a lot of life ahead of me, and i don’t want to live it this way anymore. As much as I would like to go out and have fun, and make new friends…I don’t. The thing that hurts me the most about my situation is the effect it has on my 11 year old daughter. She sees how bad my teeth are, and doesn’t like for me to talk to her friends. As much as I know she loves me, she’s still embarrassed by the way my teeth look. And of course, me as as a parent, I don’t want to embarrass her in front of her friend and cause her to be teased. Every time i look at myself in the mirror, i cry. Not only because I feel ugly, but the pain that my bad teeth are causing me. It could be unbearable sometimes. I have even had thoughts of killing myself because I’m so unhappy. I want to live for my child, but I don’t want to live the rest of my life like this. I am begging and pleading for your help. I feel like I’m running all out of options. Any help you can give me would be most appreciated. I want to be happy again…THANK YOU SO MUCH

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70 Stacey Elaine Barnette January 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

I am ashamed of not wanting to give a huge smile or laugh.I am a cute girl that is 36 yrs old growing up money was tight my dad passed away when I was five leaving me and my mom but,she did ok except dental visits weren’t a main priority, unless a tooth got chipped ect..So now that I want to further my education and do more involving my 2 boys school functions and my family’s events.I want to be CONFIDENT ,HAPPY NOT DEPRESSED. PLEASE HELP MY ORAL DENTAL SO I CAN FEEL FREE AND NORMAL .These teeth issues hold me back in life.

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71 Mrs. Tiffany Dawn Huckleby January 28, 2017 at 5:23 am

.OST of these stories pale in comparison to mine. I genetically have bad teeth.Of what I have afforded to fix on and off through the years have all fallen out or apart or decayed beyond saving.I never smile anymore even if I want to, I stop myself because of the humiliation and questions that would surely follow.I have health problems more than likely due to constant infection.As if this wasn’t enough to throw me over the edge, I had to have my right arm amputated last year after a horrible accident.Through the crippling depression and PTSD, I am still the most affected by the state of my teeth.I want so badly to have a beautiful smile, everything else can be fixed in time. I just don’t have the resources to fix my teeth,as I am waiting for disability and can’t work. I feel like having my smile would give me such a jump start on getting my life as back to normal as possible.I am tired of avoiding mirrors, people,friendships and life in general. Please help me in any way you can, I will certainly pay it forward any way that I can.Thank you for your time and consideration. THIS REALLY WOULD MEAN THE WORLD TO ME.
Sincerely,
Tiffany Huckleby
410-610-3127

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72 Edward February 6, 2017 at 4:25 am

I’m a 32 old male from Houston, Tx, I love to smile and laugh, when I was younger everyone would notice me cause of me smiling all the time, now days I don’t smile to much. Not only I don’t want too, but my teeth hurt a lot and bleed too, I have to clean my teeth with ear swabs, to pick off all the food I eaten that day, that is another thing I can’t even eat as much as I want, cause my teeth hurt when I eat. I recently found out my wife is pregnant with my first child, I’ll hate to not be able to smile with my baby and laugh, thinking I might even scare her away. I don’t want those momeries taken away from me due to my toothless smile, I want to eat all I want and able to be who I was, when I was younger.

My story might not be the worse but it’s a hard one, this would be a awesome opportunity to fix my self esteem and have a smile when my baby is born.

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73 April McCollum March 4, 2017 at 8:37 pm

Hi my name is April and 32 years old I always had beautiful teeth until I had my second child and it seemed to get bad from there I am a picture person that loves taking pictures no I won’t take pictures because I can’t smile I can’t even eat a banana without my teeth breaking it set terrible I’m always in the hospital because my teeth hurt or they have to numb my mouth it’s horrible it’s embarrassing I can’t get a real good job because they judge on my mouth I even bought cosmetic teeth to try to cover it up and that hurt my gums so bad where it end up cutting my gums where I couldn’t even eat even more because my mouth was so swollen and hurting and I am on a fixed income I am a mother 3 I have Medicaid and they don’t help with anything and I honestly cannot afford to get implants to get my teeth fixed what I would do just to get my smile back just to feel like myself once again people look at me and judge me and think that I did drugs when I have them because my teacher so bad alright would love to have my smile back even if it was just for a day I just wish I had my teeth back it’s really sad when my kids asked me why my teeth look like that and tell me that I need to brush my teeth when I do brush my teeth and it just don’t help I can’t do anything about it I’ve tried everything and my teeth are just horrible it would be awesome to get help for when a contest to get my teeth fixed for I just feel like myself again I’m too young for this I just want to be mean again

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74 Carol Womack March 8, 2017 at 5:27 pm

hi my name is Carol and I’m really in need of dental work I’m 47 years old and I’m single parent of three children that are grown I spent most of my time taking care of them and now I’ve been having to take care of a lot of medical issues of my own the last time I been to the dentist is over seven eight years ago and I paid a lot out of pocket to get dentures for the top row because I have no teeth in the top my denture is so old that is breaking apart and I glue teeth back onto it my bottom row of teeth I only have 6 teeth and for that are visual that are Ducane terrible Lee my bottom teeth hurt so bad that the pain is in my chin it hurts a lot because when people first CU they think negative because your teeth are messed up and by no means have I been a drug addict or anything like that a lot of my two teeth being missing I’ll because of the medications that I’ve taken through the years I’m a single woman and I don’t see any way of being in a relationship because I’m so scared to go out and for people to see my mouth even when I go food shopping I have to find a way to cover my mouth when I even say thank you to anyone the shame of my mouth has kept me isolated in my house I really don’t want to be lonely the rest of my life but Society has a way of making you feel so Unpretty when things are wrong and my mouth is horrible not to mention the amount of pain that my mouth keeps me in I really need help with fixing my smile and that this time my finances are horrible I have no way of paying I’ve tried to get dental insurance but a lot of the prices are way over my head with me trying to take care of my household alone if you could help me it would mean the world to me and I mean that honestly from my heart so tired of feeling Unpretty and so tired of being locked away in my home relationship family stagnated and in pain and infections always in my mouth please help thank you in advance

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75 Jessica Colboure March 21, 2017 at 1:42 am

I have been terrified of the dentist all my life. I’ve never had a regular dentist and now the lack of dental care is definitely taking a toll on my health.

I am 25 years old, work in the hospitality industry and live on my own. With the number of hours of work I can, get nearly all of my take-home pay goes towards paying rent and food.

I am now in a situation where I need a lot of dental work and I can’t afford it. My dental problems are getting worse and I’m getting g to the point where I can’t eat and my health is deteriorating with it.

The last time it started acting up I couldn’t go to work because my face was do swollen. I can’t let it get to this point again. I can’t miss anymore work.

I’m struggling enough a lead and I just want to get healthy again and be able to eat without being in pain.

Sincerely Jessica

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