"After Receiving My Upper and Lower Arches I Can't Stop Smiling - I Love My Teeth So Much"
I came from the West. Very low-income and I was raising a family. My own personal teeth were put to the side in order to get the kids taken care of. Eventually, that ended up with me having only about twelve teeth left in my mouth. It was very painful all the time. That’s why I carried the oral gel around with me, to just try and stay out of pain day-in and day-out, minute-by-minute. You have to have it with you to just try and survive the agony of not having good teeth.
When I first met Patty, she was really struggling aesthetically, really struggling socially, really struggling to eat, and we talked through a lot of different options as far as starting over. When patients need to start over there are really only a few options and one of those options is teeth that screw into implants or a hybrid.
My husband had gone in and got his dentures and had everything pulled out because he was having the same issues. Then he was like the other people in my family who had dentures all ended up just not wearing them, just not having anything, and that just wasn’t something that I wanted for myself. I wanted to be able to smile and have people smile back at me.
She really did not want something that was removable, she wanted something that would stay in permanently. After an appointment under sedation, we were able to remove her teeth and put the implants in. We had the teeth made while she was sedated. Then when those teeth went in she went from six or eight teeth to 24 or 28 teeth in one appointment. It was almost a mind, body, soul transformation from top to bottom. It was an amazing transformation for her.
When I looked at myself with the teeth for the first time, it was like a rebirth. I hadn’t seen that smile since I was about 16 years old and everyone is just surprised by the change that has happened to me.
She is electric. When she smiles, she smiles ear-to-ear. It’s so obvious, not only does she have zero inhibition, she has 100 percent confidence in how her smile looks. You can’t look at her and not smile when you see how bright and perfect and awesome her smile is.
Now when I smile, people smile back, immediately. They don’t sort of hesitate anymore. Because of the teeth I had and the way they were and everything, now people smile back at me again. Sometimes I have to watch it because I smile too big… because I’m so happy with it. You know, I forget that it’s not the … you should just smile a little bit. I just smile real big because I expect to have these for the next 40 years.
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