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Makeover Testimonial and Casey Neistat Love Billy shirt for Brighter Image Lab

Makeover Testimonial and Brighter Image Lab Receives a LoveBilly T-Shirt from Casey Neistat

Watch this video to see another inspiring makeover testimonial and how you can win a Casey Neistat LoveBilly t-shirt.

Package from Love Billy

Is Bil expecting a package? Hey Bil, a package came for you today from New York from LoveBilly.com.

We know what it is.

Watching Casey Neistat

This was pretty cool because this week we’re watching Casey Neistat.

I love breakfast meetings. Well, I don’t love any meetings but-

You know that lovely girl that I married who’s called Candice? Well her little company called Billy is doing so well they’re expanding from their itty bitty office into a significantly larger office.

How many more t-shirts do you have to sell before you can afford to remove that wall?

Bam!

I love it!

We actually have two of them. I’m gonna leave this one in the package.

And then you go BAM. That’s pretty good. Does it fit?

It looks good.

Finding Inspiration

I think it looks good. I want to tell you that we are very inspired by the Casey Neistat videos and when we found out that they were doing LoveBilly with Candice Neistat, we wanted to get some t-shirts.

I don’t know if many of you know it, but my name is actually Billy. So when it says Love Billy, I thought, “Wow!” And then we found out that Casey Neistat’s wife is actually from Texas. No connection, I don’t know her.

But when they said LoveBilly, I thought, “Why not? it’d be a great thing to put in the vlog.” And I think I can wear the t-shirts now that I see them. They actually feel really really good.

I’m gonna have Kenna look at the responses and she is going to make sure that if you want the free t-shirt like this, that we send it to somebody.

I think a lot of the Neistats. Candice is doing a good thing. We like the fact that it’s a New York company and we like the LoveBilly.com and I think everybody should love Billy.

A Smile Makeover Testimonial

So, I want to talk about this week’s vlog. It’s a smile makeover testimonial. I got some pictures from the lady and I got a testimonial from her that I thought was pretty compelling. I actually got two this week.

When this little girl, what was her name? Eva Spears. What she told me was I’ve waited 4 decades for this. Thank you Brighter Image. And I thought that was a big deal. I’ll show you the pictures. I think she’s really impressive. And the pictures will be on the screen, I’ll have them edit that in.

I just think it’s pretty cool when you do something and someone says I’ve waited 4 decades. I know that the majority of people who watch this video haven’t even lived 4 decades. How many decades have you lived? 2?

Over 2.

Over 2?

Yeah.

Barely over 2. But I have this new testimony that I got from this lady. Incredibly impressive individual and what she said to me were some things that made me want to stop and go let’s just put it in the vlog.

Do you have a bad smile?

Because I think she speaks to about 98% of the people who have a bad smile, who want to look at what their real dental choices are. And so I feel pretty good about it. This is a makeover testimonial that I think changed me and I thought that the pictures were so good that I thought, “Let’s just go ahead and make it a vlog. Let’s just turn it into something.”

But it’s not so much the before and afters. What I want you to know is: we helped her with her smile. And I think what you’ll see is: what we do helps everything else be more contagious. It was just a good spirit.

Just another reason to show about how when you do one good thing for yourself, other things start coming together and it truly truly truly becomes contagious. This is the kind of makeover testimonial that I think this company lives for and it just made a bad week a good week.

Appreciative of the Makeover Testimonial

And so I want to take I want to close this vlog by saying I very, very, very, very much appreciate this lady. I didn’t solicit this at all. I’ve never spoken to her. I’ve never spoken with her through our staff and she sent me these pictures and sent me this testimony. So, thank you.

So, in closing, I want to let her know that your pictures have been very inspiring to our staff and there’s not anything that that we did for you that wasn’t done out of great appreciation for just
the fact that it actually does what it did.

I guess the best thing I want to say is just thank you so much. When we get this kind of appreciation back, it makes it to where I think everybody in the company wants to go, “Wow, we can do more of these.”

These Testimonials Make It Worth It

And if you’re going to be from Texas, and working in 100 degree temperature, and have to walk down from the parking lot to the office every day, it’s something like this that makes it worth it.

And I’d love to see a lot more of them, but I think your pictures will go a long way with helping other people make some of the same choices. Thank you so much and I’ll see you next week. Goodbye.

Clarissa’s Story:

To: Brighter Image Lab

“I would just like to thank you guys. I know you hear it a lot, but they change your whole world, period.  When you’re afraid to open your mouth and speak, or you’re afraid to laugh because of what your teeth look like, you’re living with a shame knowing people are judging you.

And getting it fixed is too expensive 98% of the time. It’s not a permanent solution, but until it can be fixed, that you guys are the best thing that’s happened to me in a long time. Thank you guys from the bottom of my heart.

I no longer have to cover my face when I’m laughing or find ways to speak looking down so people don’t pay attention.

Again, thank you.”

– Clarissa

We wanted to thank you back.

– Brighter Image Lab

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This smile makeover testimonial vlog was filmed in Fort Worth but we serve clients all over the world in places like: Mexico City, Ecatepec, Nezahualcoyoti, Cancun, Mexico; Guadalajara, Zapopan, Jalisco; Puebla; Tijuana, Mexicali, Baja California; Juarez, Chihuahua; Leon, Guanajuato; Monterrey, Nuevo Leon; Acapulco, Guerrero; Nassau, Bahamas, Belmopan, Belize, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Panama City, Panama; Kingston, Jamaica; Tegucigalpa, Honduras; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Argentina, Buenos Aires, Bolivia, La Paz and Sucre, Brazil, Brasília, Chile, Santiago, Colombia, Bogotá, Ecuador, Quito, French Guiana, Cayenne, Guyana, Georgetown, Venezuela, Caracas, Peru, Lima, San José , Costa Rica, and most areas in Central and South America.

Bad Smile Keeping You From Getting a Job?

A Bad Smile Can Cost You A Job

Bad smile keeping you from getting a job?
Which of these women will make a better impression at a job interview?

Like it or not, a bad smile can cost you a job. One of the most important aspects of your appearance to employers is your smile. A bright, white, straight smile conveys someone who cares enough about their appearance to take care of their smile. As a result, they seem to care about their job performance as well. In other words, the type of person a company would want to employ.

Recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say roughly 10 million Americans (6.3% – April 2014) are unemployed and looking for work. Many are searching for ways to give themselves that extra boost in their job search.

It’s Not Your Fault

However, there are obstacles in achieving the smile of your dreams. Chief among them is being able to afford a trip to the dentist when necessary. It’s difficult to do so when dental prices have risen much faster than the rate of inflation. Furthermore, dental insurance is not readily available to many. Approximately 130 million Americans have no dental coverage at all. They pay their dental bills solely out-of-pocket. Even those who do have dental insurance receive little more than a slight discount on dental procedures. Going to the dentist office is now a luxury – only available to those who have expendable income.

In addition, most dentists have not made it a priority to treat patients in inner city and in rural communities. Less than 20 percent of American dentists offer care to Medicaid recipients. An even smaller percentage serve those who are below the poverty line, chronically ill, or living in a rural area. In short, the needs of many with a bad smile are not being met.

A Bad Smile Keeps People Down

An unattractive smile is a struggle all on its own. This is only compounded when attempting to entering the workforce. Consider BILVeneers as an alternative option for your cosmetic smile needs.

Studies have shown a strong correlation between appearance and income. Without access to affordable dental care there needs to be other options for those looking to brighten their smile and gain confidence. Even the most qualified candidates may find themselves passed-over in favor of a candidate with a more ideal smile.

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Removable Porcelain Veneers Smashed in a Fight

Her Removable Porcelain Veneers Smashed – Fight Crushes Her Dreams

When Kristy called Brighter Image Lab to tell us her boyfriend had broken her removable porcelain veneers in a fight, we knew it had to crush her dreams. We sprang into action so we could tell her story.

You know anything about the girl from Lubbock? It’s a pretty big deal for me. We built her a veneer. Has had it for, I guess a year, two years? Whatever.

Okay.

Kristy’s Story

Great job, got a promotion as a manager at a Denny’s. I think it was just that it worked, and then we get a call that says the long story was she was happy with it, got in a fight with her boyfriend. Boyfriend had smashed her removable porcelain veneers.

Yes, he didn’t want her to look good.

If somebody wants to beat up on their girlfriend that’s between them and the local authorities. That they were break my BLANK veneer yeah BLANK him.

Yeah.

You know what I’m saying? Like keep your hands off my BLANK.

Yeah.

Because that felt like I did it, you know? Like it was something we did so we thought we helped her.

Mm-hmm.

But I’m not real crazy about your removable veneers or helping you feel like you’re somebody, then I’ll just…

Break them.

…cause I don’t think she can do without them.

She said she wore them religiously and they had broken up, gotten in a fight, he
didn’t wanted to look good, broke her smile, broke her teeth.

Well that’s a story that I want to fix.

Fixing Kristy’s Removable Porcelain Veneers

Today were heading out to Lubbock, and it’s a pretty special case for me. She actually bought from us a year ago, and she was one of the first clients that actually called me and said, “Hey, I want you to know that what you do may change my life.”

You know we always hope for the best, but this one means something to me. I hope it goes well, so stay with me and let’s see what’s going on.

My name is Kristy Poisal. I’m from Lubbock, Texas.

I’m here because I’ve always hated my teeth. Always had bad teeth since I was a kid.

I had them (Press On Veneers) and I love them. Took tons of pictures with them, and then they were destroyed (removable porcelain veneers).

Called the company and I left messages asking, you know, could you please? Don’t know if there’s any way to help me. Could you please? I need them back, and I was never going to be
able to afford another pair. Luckily Bil reached out to me, and it’s why I’m here today.

Bad Smiles are a Social Welfare Issue

I think if I can say what we do is I would try to say we really try to make it where…Like who would you be if you didn’t have if you just had a regular smile? Where all smiles were covered, if everybody covered their smile?

We’d all be equal.

Everybody’d be equal in a room, and then they would laugh, and they would have a good time, and they’d have expressions, they’d have input, and there wouldn’t be one person over another, or let me back up, to let me hold my hand. So, if we have anything that can get them back to even. It’s about who they are when they’re smiling, not their smile.

A Smile Shouldn’t Have to be a Choice

The biggest thing that gets me mad is, you know, which is the reason why I’m in this business, is because I always felt like there should be a choice. Like if you wanted to get up today, I’m going to make those choices. You’re going to get on the phone, and they’re going to look at prices that are…

Well yeah, I’ve called plenty of dentists it and…

It’s just thousands and thousands of dollars. You know, like somebody calls you guys, like how can you do this? My doctor wants 20 grand! How can you do this? My doctor wants 15 grand!

Don’t know if I said I was going to get into this, and I won’t if I don’t want to, but when they told me that somebody broke them out of meanness…It just, you just can’t be from this part of the state of Texas and that not bother you. If you’re anybody…

I appreciate that.

You’re sharp, attractive, great makeup, great hair, great everything. Take care of yourself.

There’s just some things you can’t change.

Dentistry Won’t Fix This Issue

Like, yeah, it’s just…and the deal is, if dentistry was going to fix it, it’d be fixed already. Let’s go and get these on see what we can do? Boom! Let’s look at these.

You know what I love about your removable porcelain veneers? They cover all of your teeth. Like even my fillings, like to know I’m back from the days when they use silver fillings I have all of those and you can’t see them at all with these.

Kristy’s New Smile Makeover

Let me see, let’s hope. Whoa, let’s try one at a time right quick. How does it feel?

Actually feels way good, like a lot better than the first one.

They do look good.

Do they?

Let me see what they look like. They look amazing. They look absolutely amazing.

Yeah it looks a lot smaller, and thinner. Yes, ok, let’s see what we’ve got. Let me see. You’ve got to get them adjusted, they take a few minutes.

Uh huh.

Here you have to decide.

I love them. They look so real.

They look good amazing!

Thank you!

How do they compare the last ones?

I like them better actually.

How do they feel? Thinner? Do they feel…

They do, and they have a more realistic look.

More definition?

Yeah.

You do know that they will seat a little bit more once you bite into them over a couple more days. Let me see you straight on right quick, big as you can. Trying to see if the bottom is doing what it needs to do. Bottom looks perfect.

You Can’t Take Her Removable Porcelain Veneers Away

I’m not giving these up! I Love them! You’re not taking them back!

They, um, they just look amazing. I’m trying to, I’m just…

It’s a huge difference, huh? A smile makes everything…

They just look amazing. Like I can’t, I’m sitting here two feet, and if someone thought they weren’t…They look like removable porcelain veneers. Just…

They do, actually. Like, and they look more porcelain than your last ones.

Yeah. I’m kind of in shock. Let me tell you why. you came with your makeup done, you came with your hair done. You look amazing, and the difference was is how much difference is it’s going to make with her smile makeover?

Huge. they just blew it out. Like, I guess it’s because you have a tan, everything just pops.

Yeah, I decided to get a tan before y’all came to town. I was like I’m a little pasty, I work all the time, I sleep during the day. I’m gonna get a tan.

Her First Time To See These Removable Porcelain Veneers

They look amazing. I guess one thing I always tell people it’s we’ve never met before, and you’ve never tried these in. Like today was the first day…

Yes this is the first time.

I pulled them out of that sealed, you hadn’t tried them on earlier, you didn’t try them on this morning?

No.

I didn’t show them to you yesterday, and you didn’t get them before we got here? The only thing you ever had were the ones you bought before, so they don’t think, “Oh, we get it now.”

No.

But, I met you for an hour this one in or 40 minutes or something, and I was kind of wondering like how much is this going to be able to do for her? Like, how’s it going to stand out?

Like, you have no idea how much!

Then all the sudden it’s like, wow, I forget and uh, and I can’t imagine those working away from you.

Yeah.

Other Dental Options Weren’t Affordable

What I hate is is that if we didn’t show up today and you didn’t have the means or if you had to go to a dentist…

Which I’d never be able to afford.

I just don’t think it’s fair that other women in your choice, like you got one little girl? There’s people’s got three four kids or even two, and can’t afford it. Just, they’re never going to go, “Oh,
doctor’s five thousand, here.”

I couldn’t keep putting money towards my teeth when I have formula to buy or before she…

Because you put it towards her first, cause you love your babies. But, it’s such a small cost for what it does.

No Regrets

Hey, I never regret spending that thousand dollars ever.

Never?

Not once. Like, I thought I might when I first sent it. I had that anxiety where I was like, “Oh my
God, I just spent $1,000,” and I didn’t know if they were going to work. I didn’t have it to spend.

I mean you didn’t have it float?

And I didn’t. I had just enough of my tax money left to…and I had plans to save it for like a year, and pay bills if I needed to. And I just kept Google-ing it and Google-ing it. And I was just like, you know, I’m just going to do it now that my…

I’m sorry to interrupt but you just look so amazing from just ten minutes ago.

A Smile Makeover Changes A Person

I tell people that I just met if you had met me when I had my removable porcelain veneers you would think I was a totally different person, and they’re like why is that? I was actually fun because I smiled and I laughed.

Just so incredibly beautiful.

Thank you.

You’ve probably smiled 50 times in five minutes.

Yeah, I didn’t see you smile one time this morning.

I don’t smile without my teeth in.

It’s hard for me to have a conversation with you because I see how much differently it changed you…

For me…

I mean amazing beautiful.

This is what your company does.

You helped me so much.

A year and a half ago, we were faced at spending more money.

But now you see that it’s worth it right?

There’s Always A Few

Well listen, you do 20 of them and they would love them, and you’d do two and they’d call and bitch.

You’re always going to have that…

Those two would stick with you so bad, it’d be some little girl’s wedding. Or it would be something and you’d go, man, I don’t want to do this anymore.

I remember I was right there so you got people and they have their kids and their kids are getting bigger, and she spent a lot of time, and they’re working hard and all that you do. Everything, and you go man, I was going to quit and then one day this little girl shows up and she’s like, “Man, I just got a job at Denny’s.”

Removable Porcelain Veneers Helped With Her Job

I went from server to manager in less than a week after I got my removable porcelain veneers.

Man it was a big thing for me. The day they told me that, I didn’t relate the two. Like, they came in and said, “This guy went Rambo and wanted to break stuff (her removable porcelain veneers),” and I didn’t know it’s the same little girl who did the video for us.

I really didn’t know until we’d already made the decision to do it. Because Kenna was the one who did it. Then I didn’t know much about how they did it, or whatever, and when I found out it was you, I was “We have to do it.”

And I guess what I’d like to tell you is that it…God it’s hard talk about a lot of times we don’t know what you did and I’ll tell you you taking that video, it was just at the right time. That was just you telling the world, “Hey, don’t worry about it, you can do whatever you want with these.”

Her Removable Porcelain Veneers Changed Her Life

Guys, I don’t know if you saw it, but she just sent us her pictures and they look amazing. I want everyone to see those. We got finished with her today, and I’m telling you, this girl is absolutely amazing beautiful. It’s just kind of crazy how you can see someone one minute in the next minute. A smile makeover really does change them.

One, I was so glad that the smile was very, very, very, very beautiful. But she’s all-around, fits her. I will tell you this little girl deserves to smile. Out of all the things that I’ve done, of all the places I’ve been, I’ve just never been more impressed with someone who was just more open minded about just let me be me, please let me be who I am.

Which is all we ever talk about every day. It’s not about your smile, in this situation her smile brought her out. Made her look really, really, really pretty and helped her a lot.

Lubbock Was Worth It

Let’s put it all together, it made it worth it. I’ll tell you Lubbock is a long ways and it’s not an easy day, but it was worth it. I think I would ride my bike out here, but I could not be more appreciative.

This is the kind of work I want to do more of and if you’re just watching this video weekly and you’re not subscribed, do me a favor. Freaking subscribe. It’s not that big a deal.

When I see three hours later she’s already on Facebook and I’m guessing she hadn’t been on a while, then it lets me know that their confidence changed. They’re taking new directions. They’re going to do some more stuff, and I’m just going to wrap it up here, so we’re going to try to get back to the office.

See you next week.

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This client had her removable porcelain veneers broken in Lubbock, Texas, but we also hear stories of people who had removable porcelain veneers crushed in areas like: Amarillo, TX, Midland, TX, Abilene, TX, El Paso, TX, Midland, TX, Odessa, TX, Carlsbad, NM, San Angelo, TX, Big Spring, TX, Fort Stockton, TX, Roswell, NM, Plainview, TX, Del Rio, TX, Santa Fe, NM, Albuquerque, NM, Las Cruces, NM, Socorro, TX, Wichita Falls, TX, Lawton, OK, Pampa, TX, Dumas, TX, Dalhart, TX, Sweetwater, TX, Eastland, TX, Brownwood, TX, Graham, TX, and Bridgeport, TX

Accident Smile Makeover by Brighter Image Lab

This Accident Smile Makeover is brought to you by Brighter Image Lab

Nathan needed an accident smile makeover to improve his smile. His teeth were broken in a crash, and he needed help. Brighter Image Lab was there for him, watch his story.

How long have you had problems with your teeth?

Teenager on up, really. Sort of, dipping and really just neglected going to the dentist. Honestly, actually, you know, weak teeth actually run in the family. I had no idea that was hereditary, but yeah, it is.

Special Accident Smile Makeover

This week we’re doing a special kind of makeover. We’re doing one that’s a little bit more extreme than what we normally do. We’re doing it (an accident smile makeover) for a guy named Nathan.

Nathan came to me because he lost his teeth on a four-wheeler and I don’t know if he won the race or not, but we do know that he lost his smile. He had some good friends refer him to us. We were able to work with him, and we kind of agreed with his friends that he’s the type of guy that we want to do our work for.

Nathan’s just not the type of guy that can be who he is if he’s not smiling. If we’re successful at building a new smile for Nathan, he’ll actually use it to get his life back.

Follow me through the rest of this video. Let’s watch his results and let’s see what you think…

Meeting Nathan

Nathan, Bil Watson. Good to meet you sir. Have you met my dog?

Yes sir.

Everybody knows Texas. Oh Yeah. What are you doing buddy? First of all thanks for meeting with us.

Sorry.

That’s ok. I’m going to ask you just some general questions. We’ve never met before?

No sir.

I think we we have a common friend who introduced us this with we text once or twice?

Yes sir.

But I’ve never met you, you never met me?

No sir.

I did this work. I waited because I was pretty impressed…the people who know you think a lot of you. They say you’re a good guy.

Yes sir.

That means a lot. How long has your smile been bad?

For 2 years.

Two?

Yes, at least.

What happened?

I got in a bad 4 wheeler wreck.

What kind?

A four wheeler.

Oh a four-wheeler.

Racer, practicing racing on a ranch.

Just out being crazy?

And I didn’t wear my helmet that day and missed a turn and went straight head on into a tree.

That tree didn’t move?

That tree jumped right out in front of me.

Didn’t move?

No sir.

Anybody ever offer your solution at all?

No Affordable Solutions for an Accident Smile Makeover

Not one that didn’t costs thousands and thousands and thousands.

Like a mortgage?

The cheapest one was to get all dentures on top which is…

That’s the cheapest ones, what’s the most expensive one?

Was the implants.

You ever get an idea what it would probably cost you?

About 3,000 a tooth.

A tooth? You needed how many teeth – ten, fifteen teeth?

Yeah.

So you buy a house, you live in?

Yes sir.

What do you do for a living?

Wildlife Specialist

I’m a wildlife specialist. I actually go out and remove, and relocate, and rescue animals.

Our front staff today – they told me that you caught a beaver.

Yes sir.

And then came here? You’re like take it, take it somewhere else and head over here?

Yeah I had a beaver, a raccoon, and a skunk.

As a wildlife guy what does your day consist of?

On an easy day like today, I mean I go out I stomp around in the ponds and set beaver snares.

So you just do beavers?

No I do everything. Everything from rats all the way to coyotes, bobcats on their hands…

What do you do when you catch a freaking bobcat?

Just watch it, grab it.

Really? What do you do with a coyote?

Usually I travel.

And do what?!

And release them, take them to another location in the country.

What do they do, say thanks for the ride?

No, I wish! They try to get after me. Once your corner them, they get mad.

Wildlife Training

How’d you get that training?

Life experience

Grew up with it? Did they say we need a guy, you pulled up they offer you the job?

Yes sir. I have I mean I grew up in the Everglades. I grew up catching ‘gators, snakes, everything. As a kid, that was fun.

So a beaver seems like nothing?

Beavers are nothing. They’re easy. Cakewalk.

Please tell me they’re not a lot of snakes in this deal.

I have I’ve caught a bunch of snakes.

You you’re a South Florida boy?

Yes sir.

Grew up, did all that. Got your fishing, got your hunting, got your boating, and got all that stuff? And then you relocate to Texas?

Yes sir.

How do you like Texas?

I love Texas.

Been good to you?

Oh yeah.

I hear you’ve got a little boy?

Yes sir.

Good guy?

Yeah, he’s the best.

Like his dad, we know.

He is awesome.

Love his dad at all?

Yes sir.

Are you guys close?

Very close.

Your little boy hadn’t seen you smile in couple years?

Very seldom.

The Cost of A Bad Smile

I gotta ask, what do you think having a bad smile has cost you? Is it?

Yeah, some strangers, you know, people that I don’t really know closely, it doesn’t really bother me that much. It’s the people that are closest to me is where it really bothers me.

I can tell you that what made me look at this thing is that I got a text that said if you’re interested in helping a really, really good man, and how do you turn that down? From what I understand, you’ve got a lot going on?

Yes sir.

Most guys will suffer it. If you’re a girl, you’ve got a different set of challenges.

Yeah.

And and that’s one of the things I want to tell these guys is that, you know, 26, 36, or 56, you have to know you have a choice. What are you hoping these do for you?

His Only Wish was an Accident Smile Makeover

Honestly, I just want to be able to smile again.

Be a dad…

Not to worry.

Just not taking negative, and not have to be excused. I always tell people it’s not about your smile, it’s who you are when you’re smiling. If you’re doing this or if you’re looking down or if you look away then these people didn’t get to see you for a little bit…

And you learn to play it down. So when you when you start getting those happy modes and stuff like that, you know, you just kind of play it down a little bit, and not smile as much, and not laugh as much. And honestly it, it hurts a little bit. It’s…

Yeah, you’re right. I forget about that.

Is A Good Impression Difficult To Make?

A few dentists will go online and say, “What they do is impossible, because you can’t take the impressions yourself.” Did you have any problem with the impressions (for the accident smile makeover)?

I had no problem with it, actually.

Did it scare you?

No it’s actually really simple. It’s almost like, how do you explain it? Okay, I played high school football.

Oh you did?

It’s just almost like fitting in your mouth guard, except you don’t have to boil it. Mix it up, put it in there, pop it up there.

I would…

And it was real simple. All the steps are right there.

You got to read it, but I guess it’s important you read every instruction.

Yes sir.

Fitting An Accident Smile Makeover

Let’s see if we can get past it. I think we got something that’s going to work. I’m excited. It’ll feel a little weird, but let’s do it.

Yes sir.

Let me get them ready for you.

To be honest, I’m a little nervous.

You gotta be. You think you’re nervous, I’m nervous.

Boom.

That’s a good spot.

There you go, buddy. Let’s try this in.

Top?

Top, yes sir. Let’s see what it looks like. Oh. Smile back. You’re going to be amazed. You’re fixing to change your life (with the accident smile makeover).

Do they feel like they’re sitting? Okay. I think you’re gonna see introduce a whole other person to the world, and the reason being is I’ve seen a quarter of it, and what I’m seeing right now is amazing. You’re used to everyone seeing your top teeth back behind your bottom teeth.

Yeah.

For the first time you’re gonna see yourself with front teeth in front of your bottom –

The way they’re supposed to be.

Moment of Truth

Yeah. Let’s see what they look like. You’ve got to pull your teeth open. You’re doing it brother. Looks amazing. You haven’t seen that in years? What do you think?

It’s awesome.

You would have never been one of these guys that go I want a perfect smile. But then all of a sudden we take this little, you know, this I guess hunter type guy and gave him perfect teeth, and they just look amazing on you.

It’s awesome!

That’s gotta be crazy.

It Just Takes Time

You’re shocked. It’s gonna take you three days to get used to wearing them (the accident smile makeover). I told you that you have a pretty good name. People say good things about you?

Yes sir.

But you don’t do it because in other words you’re not one to go, he’s got…You’re not one of these guys that just tries to get his features recognized but in a few days you’re gonna realize that when you smile that’s a compliment to people because they want to see you smile.

Yeah. Yeah.

You know it was all you needed? We did it man I told you we were gonna do it, it’s just hard. I’m scared as you are man, we’re doing this together. I didn’t know what’s gonna make…Your little boy’s gonna see you in a little bit. What’s he gonna say?

He’s not going to know what to say. He’s 5.

He loves his dad your friends are gonna see but he’s gonna see you smile.

That’s so awesome.

Relearning To Smile

You’re gonna learn to not shut your mouth anymore. You gotta realize now if they catch you smiling (with the accident smile makeover), you look better, not, not average. I always tell people it’s not about their smile, but in this situation you’re gonna have an exceptional smile. it’s gonna be exceptional.

Never tried these in before? You gotta…can’t wait to wear these out. There’s got to be somebody…

I know one person right now.

Can’t wait to show them her? Good girl? Yeah, it’s amazing what amazing what gets us out of bed sometimes. Man, you did it all, you’re the one. The whole deal is the smile fits the person.

Not Another Accessory

We don’t want it to be something else for their closet, or something else for their dresser door. We want it to be something that’s an asset for them. Something that’s a real tool, because I think of all the things you’re gonna do, you know, they always say “a white shirt and a reason to wear it,” but if you happen to cover your smile…

I just think you’re gonna do some good things with it (the accident smile makeover).

Wow. I’m blown away.

It’s good to be in shock! We did it!

The Wrap Up

Today has been amazing. I walked in here…completely insecure about my smile and they were just Bil is an amazing guy and he’s able to do something that they pretty much gave my life back. I’m gonna be able to walk out of here with a big old smile on my face. Haven’t been able to do that in years. I’m excited to share this with the world.

I’m still blown away

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We gave Nathan an Accident Smile Makeover in Fort Worth, TX, but we also hear stories from clients needing an accident smile makeover in areas like: Weatherford, TX, Azle, TX, Aledo, TX, Keller, TX, Grapevine, TX, Southlake, TX, Cresson, TX, Benbrook, TX, Forest Hill, TX, Kennedale, TX, Crowley, TX, Burleson, TX, White Settlement, TX, Mansfield, TX, Springtown, TX, Haltom City, TX, Hurst, TX, Euless, TX, Bedford, TX, Lake Worth, TX, Godley, TX, Joshua, TX, Midlothian, TX, Cedar Hill, TX, Duncanville, TX, Venus, TX, and Granbury, TX

Fastest Smile Makeover by Brighter Image Lab

Watch the Fastest Smile Makeover Ever by Brighter Image Lab

This was the fastest smile makeover we have ever done. This client flew in and got her hair and makeup done. Meanwhile, we were hard at work creating a smile to match her new look. In the end, we gave her a smile she can be proud of.

Holly’s Story

The problem with my mouth has like completely consumed me. My little girl, my seven year old, I even keep her at a distance so that she’s not up close and personal.

Before they started to get real bad, we used to be like real silly and laugh and now like I just don’t do that with her anymore.

I don’t want her to say, you know, why do your teeth look this way?

Brighter Image Lab’s Fastest Smile Makeover Ever

Hey guys, today we’re doing the fastest smile makeover we’ve ever done. We’ve done some pretty quick before, but we’ve never been on a time crunch.

It’s 2:45 Dallas time. We have young lady we’re doing a smile makeover for. Very bad teeth, very embarrassed to smile. She signed up a couple months ago and when she signed up to become our client, we said, “Hey, listen, we’ll actually do a little bit of a makeover for you and see if these fit and get some pictures if you want to.”

And she said that would make her confidence go through the roof. So with that, we offered it and then we got delayed, or she got delayed, and then we got rescheduled, or she got rescheduled and so it goes on and goes on.

Well, now, today we got a phone call that says listen, I can make a flight standby and we’re gonna see if we can’t do it. We have four hours to get this thing done. You’re gonna see me meet her. I’ve never met her before and she’s never met me but this is the kind of vlog I like.

One, it’s interesting. Two, it should be pretty rewarding, and I’ve just never had one go this fast.

Bil Meets Holly

How are you doing?

Good.

Bil Watson how you doing?

Good.

Nice to meet you. You ready?

Uh huh.

Let’s go. We’re on a time crunch, so we’re gonna make it. You nervous? How was your flight?

Long. It was a long way.

Seriously?

I’ve never flown before. It was nerve wracking.

We’re running for a big-time crunch, so we may have to interview a little bit in the truck.

OK.

If you don’t mind me asking, what do you do?

I am a manager at a restaurant.

Oh so you work your butt off

I do.

Like 24/7?

Absolutely.

They always ask, like, “Y’all know each other?” We don’t know each other do we?

Nope.

When You Have A Bad Smile, You Re-learn How To Smile

I’m guessing probably what you’ve done is just train yourself not to smile very much

Absolutely. I trained myself how to talk. I try not to show anything…

Nothing, just the bottom portion of your teeth?

That’s it. I don’t want people to get too close.

Can you tell me how long has it been? That’s what everyone’s gonna ask, “Well, how long’s her smile been bad?”

Over, probably over six years.

So it started around 18, or 16, or what year?

I mean little things and then…

Chipping, breaking, a bad…

Yup…

…tooth in the back hurt, and next thing you know you can’t go get it drilled out and you just wait and you go, “Oh my god, why is my other one bad? Oh when will this stop?”

Desperate For Help With A Bad Smile

And I wrote to so many companies and like, dentists and contests and you were the only ones…

Who would respond?

Yeah.

From what I understand…

And that’s the truth, I went I mean every day. I would wake up and get on the internet and look for stuff…

But just some kind of help?

Mm-hmm.

Everyone Needs A Good Smile

And everybody goes, “Oh it’s cosmetic.” Well having teeth that don’t embarrass you is like saying, “Oh, pants are accessories.” You know it’s like, “Really? I think everybody needs a pair of pants.”

I feel like you don’t really realize how important it is until don’t have it. Like you can’t do it.

Oh I didn’t realize that. Yeah you’re right. I’ve never heard it said that way. You’re right, like you know…

Once it’s taken away…

Once it’s gone it’s too late.

Yes.

Dentists Should Be Offended

If I were a dentist I would be offended that some little girl in Erie Pennsylvania has to get on a plane, fly to Dallas to get help. Tooth Decay is the most preventable disease on the planet like on the whole world there’s nothing more preventable than tooth decay.

People just aren’t educated they don’t know how it starts and so they don’t know how to stop it. And like, I think in your situation you told me if you can make it look better then I don’t care because I’m not in pain, I just need to look better.

Right.

New Smiles Should Be Affordable

And with that, that’s kind of what you gave us a footing. But in your situation, you’re a worker, you’re a hustler, you weren’t asking for anything. You just didn’t know of anything that you could actually, pay off.

Right.

And you said, “Listen, I’m gonna take any action I could get.” And they don’t know it on YouTube but would have done anything. You’re like, “Listen, I’m a worker I don’t care my daughter’s not going to get raised with a mother who doesn’t smile.”

Right.

And so I said if she’s a fighter I’ll be a fighter with her. I’m not going to let her fight by herself. And that’s why we picked it.

The Fastest Smile Makeover Ever Begins

Now let me tell what we’re gonna do here. This little place should take about 40 minutes. It’s a little place called Drybar, they don’t do anything but styling.

Ok.

But they’re real cool at making people feel brand new.

You look amazing!

Thank you.

Looks cool. We got a little girl waiting to do some makeup on you, so it’s new.

All right.

I don’t know anything about that stuff. I hope you know the reason why I do that is I want them to go home feeling different. Not better, because everybody can do better. Everybody can do better. You go, “Oh, I could have worn a collar. Oh, I could have wore my stuff.”

I want them to feel different, and different means the world to me. I understand that they’re not the same.

Right. I’m starting to calm down a little bit more. I was nervous, yeah.

Your Smile Affects Everything In Your Life

My smile has affected my life in every in every way of my life. It’s kept me from my friends. I’m always wondering if people are judging me. My little girl, my seven-year-old, I even keep her at a distance so that she’s not up close and personal. Because if I do smile, I got my hand up or my head down.

Finishing the Fastest Smile Makeover Ever

Holly this is fastest smile makeover we’ve ever done. You look amazing. I’m glad we stopped. We didn’t do color, we didn’t do cut. We just styled your hair, did a little makeup.

Yeah

Threw you in a t-shirt, and we’re trying to get you back to the airport.

Right.

You got some travels to do but when you get home I think you’re gonna have the still enough freshness about you because everything’s brand new.

I feel beautiful right now.

You’re gonna go, “Wow, I can’t wait to get in front of people!” I always tell people it’s not about your smile it’s about if they were smiling who would they be if something wasn’t holding them back? And I’m hoping you do that.

So without further ado, I won’t even put on gloves cause we’re in a hurry. I’m going to actually ask you to put these in. Ready?

Holly Gets Her Fastest Smile Makeover

Yes.

All right you start with this and…They have a cover. And you start with the top and then we’ll try the bottom. It looks amazing. You see it?

*gasps*

Can you see it?

Yeah. Wow!

See how much more that color is going to do for you?

Yeah.

Let’s go ahead and try the bottoms. We’re going to take that one out for a second.

Yeah, it’s messy.

Try the bottom one, see what it does. Let’s see how the bottom fits. Oh my God, that looks good!

Oh, wow!

What I want you to do is just try these on again, this time press them up and hold it for a few minutes. It looks so good, it’s unbelievable. What’ll happen is, you have a bite that’s so tight at the bottom that you have to seat these. I can tell you they look amazing.

Oh my gosh! They look really pretty!

They look great.

A Makeover Isn’t Complete Without The Smile

You’ve done your diet, you’ve got your energy, you’ve got clothes, you got makeup and you’ve got something that’s holding you back and it’s been so punishing to you that I’m under the opinion that you probably have 1/10 of the pictures you’re going to have with your little girl.

That’s like one of the first things I wanted to do was take a selfie.

Selfies Need To Wait For The Smile

Second thing you’re gonna do is take selfies. First thing you’re going to do is just learn to smile. I’m telling you you don’t know how, cause you’re scared to. You’re going to learn how to do it. What’s the number that you would do if you had it to do over again?

Not wait so long.

You wouldn’t have waited? How old is your little girl? Seven? And this is six years, so she’s six years of seeing her mom not smile?

Right.

You aren’t going to let that happen again?

No.

Whispered: I don’t think so either.

It’s Not Fair To Withhold A Smile

Yeah it’s not fair, it’s not fair. Not fair to her, not fair to you.

No.

How is this going to affect you with work?

I’m going to be more comfortable with my guests.

Just more you, right?

Smile, yeah, relax more, not be so serious.

Okay, that’s worth the whole trip wasn’t it?

Absolutely.

We we got a little behind, but if we didn’t do it it wasn’t gonna be done.

A Great Impression Isn’t Difficult To Make

There’s dentists out there that’ll stay away from the internet because the impression is impossible. Were you scared of the impressions? Was it too hard?

No.

So you just did it and sent them in?

I did it, yeah.

We got it done. And so t-shirt and stuff is all extra, you really came to get a smile?

Yeah.

I think we did it. We did what we said we were going to do.

He’s gonna take some pictures we’re gonna take one together and we’re gonna bolt all right? Ok! Boom, let’s do it!

…and being able to take like a selfie with my seven-year-old would be awesome!

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Holly flew in from Erie, PA, but stories pour in from clients in areas like: Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, OH, Pittsburgh, PA, Columbus, OH, Toronto, ON, Hamilton, Ontario, Rochester, NY, Syracuse, NY, Akron, OH, Columbus, OH, Baltimore, MD, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY, Boston, MA, Hartford, CT, New Haven, CT, Providence, RI, Springfield, MA, Ottawa, QC, Montreal, Quebec, Manchester, NH, Allentown, PA, Atlantic City, NJ, Charleston, WV, Roanoke, VA, and Richmond, VA

Removable Veneers by Brighter Image Lab

Smile again with removable veneers

School is out and summer is upon us! Warmer weather makes everyone yearn to be outside, get active, and get some sunshine. Summer is also the time when we catch up with friends, travel, and visit family. Some people dread these events rather than anticipate them because of a challenged smile. Without removable veneers, a bad smile leaves you uncomfortable in social settings where you have to hide your smile.

Snap-On Smile introduces removable veneers

Lumineers and Snap-On Smile have historically offered a way past that challenge with removable veneers through your family dentist. The Snap-On Smile was created to bring people into the closest dentist office. Offered as an entry level component to Lumineers porcelain veneers, only dentists carry them. People with bad teeth visited a dentist asking for removable veneers, hoping for a quick fix to a bad smile.

However, nobody wants to go to the dentist to find out they aren’t a candidate for removable veneers. Moreover, when asked, “How much does Snap-On Smile cost,” most people find that $3000.00 for removable veneers is beyond their means. With no dental coupon or low-income dental care offered for the Snap-On smile, there was no option in the past. Insurance does not typically pay for cosmetic procedures, and there were no Snap-On Smile alternatives. That leaves two bad choices: pay a lot for a Snap-On Smile or suffer with a challenged smile.

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Press On Veneers

But that isn’t the case anymore. Bil Watson of Brighter Image Lab believed that people deserved better. Rather than approaching the problem as solely dental issue, Bil knew there was a better way to make help affordable and available without a dentist. He tackled the problem not from a dental perspective, but from a purely technological standpoint.

In much the same way that sunglasses keep the glare out and afford you a level of comfort and obscurity without a prescription from an optometrist, removable dental veneers provide a similar relief for people who simply want the social comfort of covering their teeth from the judgment of others.

Contact Brighter Image Lab

If you’re one of the people dreading summer activities and social engagement because of a bad smile, you need to visit BrighterImageLab.com. Call Brighter Image Lab and ask to speak to Laurie Hall to find out how Press On Veneers can help you enjoy your summer by introducing you to a temporary, removable smile enhancement.

Bad teeth in a rich dentist world is shameful

Have a mouthful of poor teeth shaped by a childhood in poverty? Don’t go knocking on the door of a Rich Dentist.

I am bone of the bone of them that live in trailer homes. We grew up next to Tiffany ‘Pennsatucky’ Doggett, the hostile former drug addict from the prison TV drama Orange Is the New Black. You know her by her poor teeth.

Pennsatucky – a scrappy slip of a woman menacing, beating and proselytising to fellow inmates – stole the show during the first season of the Netflix prison series. But amid an ensemble cast of similarly riveting, dangerous characters, it was her grey, jagged poor teeth that shocked viewers into repulsed fixation. She was the villain among villains, a monster that fans loved to hate; ‘Pennsatucky teeth’ became a pejorative in social media.

Bad teeth in a rich dentist world is shameful

America’s first glimpse of poor teeth

Actress Taryn Manning’s gnarly, prosthetic teeth startled viewers because, by and large, poor characters in TV and film are played by actors whose whitened, straightened, veneered smiles aren’t covered up. It’s hard to think of characters besides Pennsatucky through whom heinous teeth convey rather than lampoon the physicality of the poor. The first that comes to mind is the derelict serial killer in a movie actually called Monster (2003); as with Manning, Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning transformation generated astonishment with fake teeth.

In my life, Pennsatucky and her poor teeth are entirely familiar. She’s the slurring aunt who passed out in our farm’s swimming pool while babysitting me, and later stole my mom’s wedding band to buy the drugs that dug grooves in her cheeks. She’s the step-parent whose brain, organs and teeth corroded over the years and now lives in a mobile-home park with my construction-worker dad.

But Pennsatucky’s teeth aren’t just ‘meth teeth.’ They are the teeth of poor folk, of the young grandma who helped to raise me and for decades worked from diner to factory line to a desk job as a probation officer for the county court system in Wichita, Kansas. She was just 35 when I was born, so I knew her as a radiant thing; at the downtown courthouse, where I tagged along – babysitters are expensive – attorneys turned flirtatious near her green eyes, long limbs and shiny, natural-blonde bob. Then at night, in her farmhouse or the tiny brick house we fixed up in a rough Wichita neighborhood, I watched her take out her teeth, scrub them with a rough brush, and drop them into a cup of water with a fizzy tablet.

Prevention isn’t enough to save teeth

‘Brush your teeth and don’t eat too much candy,’ she’d tell me. ‘You don’t want to end up like Grandma.’ She’d widen her eyes and pop her dentures forward so that they bulged from her lips, sending me giggling. In the early 1970s, a rich dentist had pried every one of her teeth, too far gone or too expensive to save, from her 20-something skull. She’s 69 now and has worn false teeth for more than 40 years.

‘I had poor teeth all my life. They were straight and looked OK, but I always had toothaches,’ she tells me when I ask how she ended up with dentures. As I was growing up, the story fluctuated – she was in a car accident, her natural teeth just fell out, and so on. ‘I was excited to have them, knowing I would never have another toothache. Now I think it was pretty stupid, but at the time it was really painful, and I thought I was doing the right thing.’

Poor Teeth is Social Warfare

More than 126 million people in the US – nearly half the population – had no dental coverage in 2012, according to the US National Association of Dental Plans. In 2007, the New York State Dental Journal reported that while only one-tenth of general physician costs were paid out of pocket, nearly half of all dental costs were settled directly by patients. This reflects spending by the uninsured but also those sharing costs with coverage providers; most plans cover routine cleanings but leave patients to pay for 20 to 50 per cent of fillings, crowns and other big-ticket visits. For those who can’t afford to pay that difference, treatment is delayed and poor teeth continue to degrade.

But expense isn’t the only barrier to dental care. Those on Medicaid find that few rich dentists participate in the program due to its low payout. And more than 45 million people in the US live in areas, often rural or impoverished, with rich dentist shortages, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Medicare, as a general rule, doesn’t include dental.

In the past year, the Affordable Care Act, or ‘ObamaCare’, has changed many lives for the better – mine included. But its omission of dental coverage, a result of political compromise, is a dangerous, absurd compartmentalization of health care, as though teeth are apart from and less important than the rest of the body.

It wasn’t sugar that guided our dental fates. And it wasn’t meth. It was lack of insurance, lack of knowledge, lack of good nutrition.

Dental care isn’t available to many

About a decade ago, at the age of 50, my dad almost died when infection from an abscessed tooth poisoned his blood and nearly stopped his heart. He has never had dental insurance and has seen a rich dentist only a handful of times when some malady became unbearable. In 2009, according to the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, dental issues caused about 936,000 emergency-room visits and almost 13,000 inpatient hospital stays. Many of these patients had low incomes and dental coverage that restricted care to emergencies or wasn’t accepted by accessible dentists.

‘I notice people’s teeth because mine are so bad,’ Dad tells me during a break from a side job renovating a fraternity house. He has long been the handsome object of crushes, but his teeth have become increasingly askew with time, one of his eye teeth now ragged and long like a rabbit’s for lack of a carrot to file it down. ‘Nutrition affects teeth, right?’

I point out that Gatorade, which he favors when he splurges on a bottled beverage, is full of sugar. But it wasn’t sugar, heaps of which are sucked down daily by the middle and upper classes, that guided his and my grandma’s dental fates. And it wasn’t meth. It was lack of insurance, lack of knowledge, lack of good nutrition – poverties into which much of the country was born.

The poor endure undue criticism

My family’s distress over our teeth – what food might hurt or save them, whether having them pulled was a mistake – reveals the psychological hell of having poor teeth in a rich, capitalist country: the underprivileged are priced out of the dental-treatment system yet perversely held responsible for their dental condition. It’s a familiar trick in the privatization-happy US – like, say, underfunding public education and then criticizing the institution for struggling. Often, the conditions of teeth are blamed solely on the habits and choices of their owners, and for the poor therein lies an undue shaming.

‘Don’t get fooled by those mangled teeth she sports on camera!’ says the ABC News host introducing the woman who plays Pennsatucky. ‘Taryn Manning is one beautiful and talented actress.’ This suggestion that poor teeth and talent, in particular, are mutually exclusive betrays our broad, unexamined bigotry toward those long known, tellingly, as ‘white trash.’ It’s become less acceptable in recent decades to make racist or sexist statements, but blatant classism generally goes unchecked. See the hugely successful blog People of Walmart that, through submitted photographs, viciously ridicules people who look like contemporary US poverty: the elastic waistbands and jutting stomachs of diabetic obesity, the wheelchairs and oxygen tanks of gout and emphysema.

Class warfare knows no boundaries

Upper-class supremacy is nothing new. A hundred years ago, the US Eugenics Records Office not only targeted racial minorities but ‘sought to demonstrate scientifically that large numbers of rural poor whites were genetic defectives,’ as the sociologist Matt Wray explains in his book Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness (2006). The historian and civil rights activist W E B du Bois, an African American, wrote in his autobiography Dusk of Dawn (1940) that, growing up in Massachusetts in the 1870s, ‘the racial angle was more clearly defined against the Irish than against me. It was a matter of income and ancestry more than color.’ Martin Luther King, Jr made similar observations and was organizing a poor-people’s march on Washington at the time of his murder in 1968.

Such marginalization can make you either demonize the system that shuns you or spurn it as something you never needed anyway. When I was a kid and no one in the family had medical or dental insurance, Dad pointed out that those industries were criminal – a sweeping analysis that, whether accurate or not, suggested we were too principled to support the racket rather than too poor to afford it.

A bad smile leads to bullying

My baby teeth were straight and white, and I wasn’t obese – an epidemic among poor kids that hadn’t yet taken hold in the 1980s – but I had plenty of ‘tells’: crooked bangs, trimmed at home with sewing shears; a paper grocery sack carrying my supplies on the first day of school while other kids wore unicorn backpacks. A near-constant case of ringworm infection (I kept a jar of ointment on my nightstand year-round).

The smell of cigarette smoke on my clothes, just as cigarettes were falling out of favor with the middle and upper classes. Sometimes, ill-fitting clothes, as when the second-grade teacher I revered looked at my older cousin’s shirt sagging off my shoulder and said: ‘Tell your mother to send you to school in clothes that fit you.’

In fifth grade, a girl noticed my generic, plastic-smelling, too-pointy boots – a Kmart version of the black leather lace-ups that were in fashion – and for weeks hounded me before and after school, kicking dirt on my shins and calling me Pippi Longstocking.

I had moments of cool clothes and good haircuts, too, and I was a confident child who earned friends and accolades. But I still think of the boy who handed me a dessert cup from his lunch box every day when a mix-up in the free-lunch program left me without a meal card for months.

He pulled from my skull the greyed tooth, cracked perfectly down the middle.

Common throughout those years was a pulsing throb in my gums, a shock wave up a root when biting down, a headache that agitated me in classrooms. While they looked OK, my baby teeth were cavity-ridden. Maybe it was the soy formula in my bottle when they were growing in, or the sugary cereals to which my brain later turned for dopamine production in a difficult home. Maybe it was because our water supply, whether from a rural well or the Wichita municipal system, wasn’t fluoridated. But richer teeth faced the same challenges. The primary reason my mouth hurt was lack of money.

Tooth loss takes am emotional toll

Once, around third grade, an upper molar that had menaced beyond all – the worst toothache I ever had – finally rotted so thoroughly that it cracked in half while still in my jaw. Mom took me to the rich dentist, somehow. The pain was tremendous, he explained, because the pulpy nerve at the tooth’s center was exposed. He pulled from my skull the greyed tooth, cracked perfectly down the middle, and let me take it home. For years, I kept the two pieces in a tiny jewellery box, sometimes taking them out and joining them like interlocking sides of the heart-shaped friendship necklaces I coveted.

Around that time, I had my jaw X-rayed for the first time. The results were grim.

‘You might as well start saving for braces right now,’ my mom recalls the rich dentist saying. We were at the outset of a post-divorce period that would include much moving and a slew of partial-coverage dental insurance plans: employer-based, which would be cancelled with Mom’s regular job switches, and variations on state-funded, poor-kid programs in between. Each time the policy changed, Mom had to find a new rich dentist who would accept our coverage. Then we’d ride out a waiting period before scheduling a cleaning or filling. My dental records were often lost in this shuffle, as was the case with my general health files in doctors’ offices and school districts – I got a new round of shots just about every year for lack of immunization records on file.

There would, of course, be no saving for braces.

It took years to find out whether the X-raying dentist’s pessimistic prediction would come true. My baby teeth were slow to fall out, their replacements slow to grow in. But at some point came the unequivocal, surprising verdict: my teeth grew in straight.

I don’t just mean straight enough, I mean 99th-percentile straight, I mean dentists call hygienists over to take a look.

‘Doesn’t she have pretty teeth?’ they say, my mouth under hot lamps. ‘Are you sure you didn’t have braces? But you whiten them, right?’

I shake my head no and in the dentist’s chair tingle with the bliss of gratitude. That my environment and genes somehow conspired to shake out a bright, orderly smile is a blessing I can’t explain. But I can tell you what preserved the blessing: me.

Following all of the rules

When a health teacher said brush your teeth twice a day, I brushed my teeth twice a day. When a TV commercial imparted that rich dentists recommend flossing daily, I flossed daily. A college room-mate once remarked on the fervor of my dental regimen. After boozy nights, when other kids were passing out, I held on, stumbled to the bathroom and squeezed paste onto a brush. However tired, however drunk, I scrubbed every side of every tooth, uncoiled a waxed string and threaded it into sacred spaces.

Privileged America judges harshly the mouths that chew orange Doritos, drink yellow Mountain Dew, breathe with a sawdust rattle.

The cycle of poor teeth continues

A bad smile, I knew, beget not just shame but more poorness: people with a bad smile have a harder time getting jobs and other opportunities. People without jobs are poor. Poor people can’t access dentistry – and so goes the cycle.

If Pennsatucky ever gets out of poverty, it will be thanks in part to a prison-yard fight in the season-one finale, when the upper-class protagonist knocks out her nasty grill; early in the second season, her rotten gums nearly toothless, she blackmails the warden into a new set of teeth. Upon incarceration, Pennsatucky traded meth for ‘born-again’ religious fanaticism, but her new teeth are a harbinger of a more substantive rebirth. If the eyes are the soul’s windows, its door is the mouth – the fence across which pass food, drink, words, our very breath.

Privileged America, ever striving for organic purity, judges harshly the mouths that chew orange Doritos, drink yellow Mountain Dew, breathe with a sawdust rattle, carry a lower lip’s worth of brown chaw, use dirty words and bad grammar. When Pennsatucky gets out of prison, she’ll need respect, rehabilitation, employment. To that end, for all her praying and testifying, Pennsatucky’s pearly gates might be her pearly, albeit prosthetic, whites. She cries with joy in a prison van on the way to get them, and later shows off with an over-the-top smile during laundry duty.

‘You’re acting a little, like, retarded,’ an envious inmate tells her.

‘I’m not retarded,’ she says. ‘I got new teeth!’

The emotional effects of poor teeth

When I was a young adult, I learnt I’d been born without wisdom teeth. The dentist told me I was ‘evolutionarily advanced’ since human beings, no longer in the business of tearing raw flesh from mastodon bones, don’t need so many teeth now. So many TV shows, bad jokes and bucktoothed hillbilly costumes in Halloween aisles had suggested that my place of origin made me ‘backwards’, primitive and uncivilised, that the dentist’s comment struck me deeply, just as in fourth grade when I read the word ‘genius’ in a school psychologist’s evaluation notes to my mother and wept on the sidewalk.

Having straddled a class divide and been wrongly stereotyped on both sides of it, throughout my life I’ve found peace in the places and things that don’t evaluate my status: nature, animals, art, books. ‘I sit with Shakespeare,’ wrote du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk (1903), ‘and he winces not.’ Social disadvantage and hazard engender what he called ‘double consciousness’, the ever-present awareness of more than one self. For du Bois, his most challenging two-ness in the wake of slavery was to be educated and black – a tension of socialisation still at work, to be sure, as President Barack Obama’s raw first memoir attests. Today, for me and millions of people in the US living on one side of a historic income gap, the defining double consciousness is to be educated and poor.

You can’t escape your class

The latter, for many of those who suffered losses after the economic collapse of 2008, is a terrifying new identity, its horror projected on to Pennsatucky’s serrated mouth and hard to reconcile with the Americans they thought they were. But in my academic and professional ‘climbing’, I learnt early and often that one doesn’t leave a place, class or culture and enter another, but rather holds the privilege and burden of many narratives simultaneously.

Friends who know my background sometimes kid me when I’m drunk and misconjugate a verb or slip into a drawl, or when, thoroughly sober, I reveal a gross blind spot in the realm of book-learning (if, say, the question involves whatever one learns in sixth grade, most of which I spent playing in red dirt outside a two-room schoolhouse near the Oklahoma state line). They smile at the pleasure I take in scoring solid furniture from yard sales or, once, for expressing delight over a tiny cast-iron skillet, a miniature version of the pan my grandma once used to fight a drunken stepfather off her mother. I enjoy the kidding and feel appreciated when they recognize the true clichés that weave my story.

Mis-education knows no class

But here’s the thing: wealthy people use cast-iron skillets and bad grammar, too. It’s just not their narrative and thus passes without remark. I’ve observed fellow journalists, the same ones who made trailer-park tornado survivors famous for a loose grip on the past participle, edit dumb-sounding quotes by city commissioners to suit the speaker’s stature.

And while I took the education I wasn’t given through libraries, encyclopedias and my former stepfather’s New Yorker subscription, plenty of members of the middle and upper classes refuse or lack the ability to seize the opportunities handed them.

It can be useful to acknowledge the cultural forces that carve us, or edifying to indulge in the tropes of our assigned narratives, but true distinctions of character, intelligence, talent and skill exist at the level of the individual, not of the class – or the ethnicity, the gender, the sexual orientation, the religion and so on. To claim otherwise, as we’ve discovered across time and countless persecutions of our own doing, is at best an insult and at worst an excuse for enslavement and genocide.

The liberal proponents of Occupy Wall Street are often the same people who think Southerners are inbred and Walmart shoppers slovenly miscreants.

Your social position follows you

In Thomas Harris’s best-selling crime-novel series, the FBI consults the imprisoned serial killer and mastermind psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter in its search for ‘the Tooth Fairy’, a family-slayer who bites his victims with dentures made from a mould of his grandmother’s distorted, razor-sharp teeth. Years after that manhunt, the FBI again turns to Lecter for help; this time, the refined sociopath – a former philharmonic orchestra board member and mannerly purveyor of his victims’ flesh – finds it more interesting to analyze the agent than the latest case.

‘You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes?’ he asks the young agent Clarice Starling – who comes from the same place as Pennsatucky but whose intellect, health, grit and ambition, presumably, landed her on the right side of the prison bars. ‘You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition’s given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you’ve tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner?’

Take a good look at yourself

Lecter’s condescending soliloquy from a cell decorated with sketches of the Duomo cathedral in Florence – a place Starling surely hadn’t heard of when she left her family sheep farm for the FBI Academy at Quantico – hits home but doesn’t derail her. His most famous line – the aggressive posturing about fava beans and good Italian wine – happens when Starling sends a psychological evaluation through the glass and tells him to look at his damn self. We should do the same in the US, where the liberal proponents of Occupy Wall Street are often the same people who think Southerners are inbred and Walmart shoppers slovenly miscreants with no social awareness.

A century ago, du Bois wrote: ‘The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the colour line.’ The problem of the 21st century is that of the class line. For the American Dream to put its money where its mouth is, we need not just laws ensuring, say, universal dental care, but individual awareness of the judgments we pass on people whose bad smile – or clothes, waist lines, grocery carts, or limps – represent our worst nightmares.

Affordable Dental Choice (That Doesn’t Involve A Dentist)

Lack of an Affordable Dental Choice

Every day we are confronted with numerous choices: Get up bright and early or hit the snooze button? Healthy lunch or fast food? This got my office to questioning, why is there not an affordable dental choice?

When your teeth are bad you go to a dentist. Simple, right? Yes, quite simple – if you have access to a dentist office and the often thousands of dollars associated with fixing your teeth.

One could argue that those with bad teeth who don’t have a great deal of disposable income do have an affordable dental choice – stop smiling. We simply aren’t willing to accept that.

The many reasons why teeth deteriorate, are due to: genetics, accidents, and poor oral health.

No Affordable Choice Perpetuates A Bad Smile

Imagine a single mother born with crooked teeth. Her family wasn’t able to afford braces, and really had no dental choice. Now that she’s a mother herself any money she may have leftover is going towards her children.

This woman mostly likely An affordable dental choice doesn’t involve the dentist doesn’t have the $10,000 necessary to go to the dentist and get her smile fixed.

Until Brighter Image Lab recently created Press On Veneers, she hasn’t had any affordable dental choices besides strained, close-lipped smiles.

Let’s face it: your smile says a lot about you. We live a world where people are striving to be a “perfect 10”, therefore, there is a lot of judgment. A nice smile is the best way to make an excellent first impression.

The Absence of Choice is Costly

Affordable Dental Choice (That Doesn’t Involve A Dentist)

Having a substandard smile truly can hold you back in life. As a result of a bad smile, a less qualified candidate may receive the promotion you deserve. You may not receive deserved recognition, or you may feel unable to date the person of your dreams.

The lack of dental choice has some calling beautiful smiles – “million dollar smiles”.

Studies have shown that people with less than desirable smiles earn over $1,000,000 less in household income over their lifetime than those with attractive smiles, but now there is an affordable dental choice.

Brighter Image Lab is the Affordable Dental Choice

In conclusion, the answer is not more dentists. The answer is more dental choice. Consequently, Brighter Image Lab is proud to offer an affordable dental choice with Press On Veneers™.