Watch below as the stunning Miss Atlanta Georgia gets a dental veneer and reveals her amazing new smile makeover!
I can tell from talking to you that your spirit is every bit as big as you. You know some people's Instagram is a lot bigger than they are, but I can tell you your Instagram is not bigger than you. You're a real person.
Sincerely I hope you can see the look on my face I'm incredibly impressed and I hope you do good things with these. You did what I asked, and then some!
It would be a crime for me not to..
"Hey guys, world you remember this I can't wait..Now look!"
Meet Paradise Rodriguez
I'm Paradise Rodriguez and I'm here in Fort Worth, Texas to meet with Brighter Image Lab to get some new teeth. A new smile for me personally would mean the self confidence that I exude outside, I'll feel on the inside finally. My story is a bit complicated actually. My family is from France and Spain but I was born in Detroit, Michigan east of four-mile Detroit. I come from a very low-income background, and I ended up raising my siblings. After my 13th birthday we moved to Georgia. We got on the Greyhound bus and we just went. I ended up not finishing high school so I could take care of my siblings and I got my GED.
I said okay now you have to be a real time grown-up what do you want to do with your life?
Right after my 18th birthday I launched my marketing brand and it's been some time growing, but now I am officially a professional marketing specialist. I'm the current Miss Atlanta USA and I traveled nationally and internationally doing modeling, dancing, and philanthropy. I'm the owner and founder of the Catch A Falling Star Foundation.
Insecurity Shapes You
The first thing I noticed about other people is I see their teeth or smile. So when I looked in a mirror, I said I don't like my smile. I'm a spokesperson and an actress. I do pageantry. Cameras are always right in on my face, and I know that what I see when I see it played back I don't like it.
It's not necessarily what society likes or feels. But when I look in the mirror and I'm not okay with something it shows. I've learned and I've mastered the art of kind of I'll slowly turning away from the camera, or I will not smile if someone is on this side something. That stops me and it becomes an obstacle. It's something I had to overcome. I want to do more roles in movies and plays, but I stopped doing movie roles because the camera was always right there.
It may not be a big deal to others, but it was personally a huge deal to me and it made me feel a bit insecure just within myself.
Researching Your Options
So I said okay I got to do something about it. I don't want to complain, and just let it be. I've got to do something about it. But upon the research I started seeing okay what most people at my age from our 20s, we have to get treated for periodontist. That's fifteen thousand dollars right off the bat just for basic cleaning and periodontal treatment.
Then I have every tooth in my mouth, and I need eight teeth removed you know there's another $10,000. Removal you know the money adds up quickly. I can't afford this! I just got into my dream school, I'm going to Harvard there goes all my money so the way I see it is you know ten, fifteen, twenty thousand dollars just on my teeth really isn't realistic right now. And it wasn't realistic while I was raising my siblings most time when people get just one tooth for their face swells up and they're down for a week. They can't speak, and ninety-eight percent of my job is speaking to other people if I don't work, I'm freelance. If I don't work, I don't eat and I can't provide for those who are in my foundation system.
Benefits of the Internet and Social Media
I was interested in getting dental veneers but you know if you mention something in real life it somehow comes through your Facebook feed. Then I saw things like Snap-on Smile, Instasmile, things that were supposed to be easier than traditional dental veneers. I'm a research person so I decided okay let me go and research these. A lot of the reviews of these dental veneers were very yes and no. Some of the positive reviews you can kind of tell they were a bot or someone that perhaps works for the company so naturally that was my first red flag on some of the companies.
I would start Google image searching the images of dental veneers on their page to ensure that they were legitimately their images and many times they were not. That's how I stumbled across you guys because one of your images is on another company's website and I started I'm one of those people or like if I see something wrong I'm gonna flag it for Google.
So then I sent a message. I said okay let's see how they respond to a message. Am I going to get an automatic email or is a human going to respond? I was very impressed that someone responded you know was that Oh we'll get back to you in three to six days it was an actual response to my request you guys our customer service was impeccable so I said okay this is a company I need to do business with.
Paradise Meets Bil
Bil Watson, it's a pleasure thank you more than you know. How was your flight?
They always ask but we've never met ?
We've talked normally like I'll have a conversation with some people. I'll have a question or something, but most of what you've done is work with people from our company and today we didn't. We didn't do anything we just met when I walked in just now. I will tell you though I have learned a little bit about you in different phases of the last six months or something, maybe more than that and it's incredibly impressive!
The majority of the people that we work with have really bad smiles unlike what you have. Your smile would be considered acceptable in every social arena, but people say if it's just a little bit and it's your a little bit then it means a lot to you. I'm hoping that you can be a voice for people who say you know do your investigation, and accept some things. It's not ten, fifteen, or twenty thousand dollars.
The most important deal is that if I can get you a smile that you're proud of with dental veneers that look perfect, and you don't have to grind or drill your existing teeth. I'm real anti-grinding. I wish even if it wasn't for me I would still want someone to send the message or think that the responsibility would be on dentistry for you guys to come up with something that's less invasive. So that if I would have said Paradise let me give you this first set six months ago there's been three other changes. If dental veneers were permanent, today I wouldn't be able to talk to you about new changes because oh we already gave her the old ones.
But you see what you just said, you could have offered when I first reached out to you. You guys could have sent me something said okay, here you go yeah do this.
Resistance Against Traditional Dental Veneers
But you guys have similar to what I've done. I've done my research, you guys have steps you said okay if I'm going to take on a client I'm going to give them the best that we can offer. Then when you realize that your best could be improved on, you said okay hold on it might take longer but I'm still going to improve even though it's my best. I'm going to continue to do my research to improve. A lot of companies, including unfortunately some dentistry companies, they don't do that.
Unfortunately, in life especially my industry we settle for what we can get right now the quick and fast. What's available immediately without any real patience or research. But you guys have taken the time to communicate what is it that you're wanting from this, this is what we can do and you've taken what you can do and you've expanded to your best. As I'm sure as the years go on you're still gonna continue to do your research and expand to the best of your abilities without accepting well this is good enough.
Let me tell you if you're if you're in pageants there's 10,000 dentists in the south that would love to bring you in and drill your teeth, so you must have had some form of resistance. I actually have a friend and he showed me where his dental veneer came off. It broke.
So I was like where's your tooth? He goes they took it away. Then I said so now what? You've gone through this whole invasive procedure, you spent all this money and all this time to heal, and now what?
He says, "I gotta do it again." And I said oh no that doesn't work for me; problem, solution, move forward. If I have a problem I need to find the best solution, the best realistic solution for me as well, and well, you guys are it.
Exceeding the Expectation of Dental Veneers
If I don't say it enough I'm incredibly appreciative, incredibly appreciative.
I've seen your models, I've seen your work, and I can't wait to see what these dental veneers look like on. I'm excited, are you ready too?
Let me put some gloves on. I have some different changes but my math tells me that these dental veneers will work perfect. If they don't like I say it always comes down to the impression so I'm gonna ask you to try these dental veneers in yourself and let me put this here, well I'll hand you this .
Oh they are really light.
Yeah let's see what you think just put them in.
Wow! I can actually smile on both sides without..
They look so incredibly amazing in the way that we rounded them it gives you that youth bouncy high-energy look.
I look like I've had braces!
You look like you've had perfect teeth forever, they look surreal perfect.
When you think of things like anything that are press on, you picture your grandmother's dentures. It doesn't feel like that. When I put my tongue to the back of my mouth I can't feel like there's something I can move. I can't push it out.
You've got perfectly rounded teeth that look amazing, and you don't even feel them?
No like I said I can feel something but it doesn't feel like I wear vampire teeth for Halloween, it doesn't feel like that. Of course you're going to feel a material but it doesn't feel like there's something coming out.
They're a sleeve, they're almost not there.
Yeah they're really thin.
And that's after just putting them in. They look amazing!
I was explaining that I'm very confident in myself. When I went through chemo I walked out bald bedazzles in my head, so it's nothing someone else will tell me about me that I don't already know. People say oh your teeth are fine, you know it's a quirk. I don't like it so inside I will smile and do my job but realistically on the inside I'm like turn your head don't smile.
You don't realize something, I promise you please believe me on this: they look perfectly polished as well. They match. I was looking at the back teeth, and they just a fit. Not even just the color, the fit goes perfectly in line.
I'm telling you you're gonna be so shocked at how bright white and beautiful your teeth are.
You can really see the color change like in my bottom versus my top.
That's incredible! Look at how much whiter they look. They look perfectly straight! You've never seen yourself with perfectly white teeth before, other than in pictures that you Photoshop?
No. I've had to make this happen in Photoshop and it's disheartening. It's a part of my industry and part of my work but to see this now I don't have to sit there and post and copy then light correct and try to fix the shading and get a lining. This is everything that I was hoping for when I first reached out to you guys.
I will tell you I've never seen a more impressive smile light up. It's almost like they plug the light in. It looks perfect! I'm literally less than 36 inches away from you and I can't tell that they aren't one thousand percent permanent.
Dental Veneer Fit and Security
When I bite there's no shift. They're just amazing. Well then we're going to have to see the bottoms now. You always say first ones are perfect, but you never can tell we may have to make adjustments.
Now the bottom is what I was really worried about because this whole side comes in. Oh wow that's snug! Oh wow!
It's going to take a little bit because of that bulk, it's a lot thicker than what the top one was because we had to change the appearance of the crowded and the rescission that was in the back of those teeth. So we had to bring everything forward, but now you see why.
Let me tell you they look perfect! Literally, if a doctor had ground your teeth the only reason they grind them is to bring out a smile that'll fill up and be a perfect fit for your face.
Now I don't want to close my mouth. I'm very good about hiding this side.
Nobody has seen you with the perfect smile, this is the first time. You have to be seeing what I'm seeing. I don't know if it's possible because you're pretty young, but you take a lady that's in her 20s or like you just propped her up and you couldn't have done it better. They're a perfect fit for you.
I like the snap that I heard, that let's me know that they're in place. They don't feel like they're coming out do they?
If you want to take them out it's going to take two hands.
I'm pushing with my tongue.
Remembering Challenges Before Dental Veneers
Here's the thing, imagine what your life would have been if I could have given those to you at 17. Just imagine all the challenges and all the nights. You know you're going to realize to us it's nothing, you know you're just now coming up but to you it's been..
Nine or ten years minimum of where you've been a young adult. Every time you've had to consider: I wish I wish I wish..
These could have been available. The dentistry has been available. People have been getting dental veneers for more years than you are old. You got relief after a few years. There are people that are watching this that are just as put together or would have made a bunch of choices that took different career choices or gave up. And they're ten years or fifteen years older than you and they still had that same issue for twice as long. There should have been an option that was available to you at seventeen that the first day you go I want them perfect. Because you have the right as a person to present yourself the best you can. You should have choices, don't you agree?
I always tell them I don't know if I want to celebrate that we fixed it today, or be upset that it wasn't available ten years ago. You would have exerted and accelerated in a lot of other places on your personality if it wasn't for things that weren't available to you that wasn't really a choice.
Ridding Your Life of Obstacles
Things that I said no to, there were films, public speaking engagements where I saw it and said I can't. Nobody can be on that side and I said no to them because this was a problem. I no longer have to say no and that's a big thing for me. Magazine publications where some photographers say I'm a bit of a control freak, they don't like for me to tell them no you can't shoot me on that side.
So I've had to say no to big projects cause I'm like oh if you can't work with my parameters cause I'm not gonna let that out there. I no longer have that wall that's in front of me saying uh sorry remember this problem. I had a problem, you have a solution, and now I can move forward with the confidence that everyone believes I have. I'm now going to have on the inside too.
I want you to know that it's been a privilege doing this job, thank you. I'm going to shake your hand it's been amazing. Before I let you go I'd like you to use the last bit of our vlog to tell people about your foundation.
Catch a Falling Star Foundation
Oh the Catch a Falling Star? It is my purpose. There's no other word to describe it. It is absolutely my drive in everything I do. I want people to know that what you're going through you're not alone. And that even if there's only one person in this world, someone cares, someone's there for you. I take the things that I've gone through and I say okay I'm not the only one feeling this way so how can I I give back to society so they know I don't have to feel this way. It's imperative for me to put them in a place mentally of I don't have to feel this low, I can do something about what I'm going through.
Who do we say Google me, who do we tell them to google?
Paradise Rodriguez plus, I now have a website for the Catch a Falling Star Foundation so if you are on any of my social media the Catch a Falling Star is right there next to it.
We'll link it all at the bottom, people are going to have questions for you hopefully you'll be able to answer some of those questions for them. Then they know how to find you Paradise Rodriguez. It's been a pleasure! Thank you. Thank you more than you know!
I had a great experience with Brighter Image Lab, and would absolutely recommend Brighter Image to others, for me it was impeccable that I could have a now solution. I didn't want the drilling and the downtime and I wanted something that wasn't crazy expensive because I'm a college student so finances were very big into this. So this was a less expensive, non-invasive solution to my problem. There is no reason now for you to go through all that pain and the extra expenses and the downtime. My heels make me taller, and my Brighter Image Lab dental veneers make my teeth perfect. My wigs make my hair longer. There's literally nothing to stand in my way.
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