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Removable Porcelain Veneers Smashed in a Fight

Her Removable Porcelain Veneers Smashed – Fight Crushes Her Dreams

When Kristy called us 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.

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 porcelain 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.

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. I took tons of pictures with them, and then they were destroyed (removable porcelain veneers).

I 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

They feel thinner? 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.

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. They 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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. I smiled. 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.

I, um, 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?

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.”

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.”

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 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.

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.

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

Domestic Violence Victim Smile again thanks to Brighter Image Lab

Domestic violence has become so prevalent in this country women are dying at the hands often daily. You know women are imprisoned in their own home there were times that I felt like that but didn’t there were times that I didn’t because I’m a strong woman I’m the kind of woman that’s gonna fight back let’s do another one.

Guys today we’re here in North Carolina and I want to show you a little bit about this smile make over we’re gonna do. I got a story that meant the world to me and it was pretty compelling and I didn’t want to leave it. It was hard for us to get it fit it in but it almost got skipped a couple of times. But I wanted to make this happen and when it comes down to doing one you want to do one that matters to you and there’s a reason why we do what we do and that’s why we’re in North Carolina today.

So I wanted to say thank you for meeting with me. Where did you go out looking for a way to improve your smile or just by googling?

I’ve been trying to pick out something for a long time but it’s just so expensive, you know, so expensive.

It is expensive. There ought to be some choices. You said you’re from Boston?

I am.

What brought you to North Carolina?

Change, and I would always say if I ever moved any where I wanted to move to Charlotte, and I came here and I’ve been here ever since.

I heard you had a pretty rough marriage.

Yeah.

So, you’re in a bad marriage and one morning you wake up you don’t have any teeth.

Well, it wasn’t that one morning I woke up with, just one moment.

Oh one second.

Correct.

Yeah, it’s just one, just a bad situation.

Correct.

What do you do after? What happens the next day? What do you do, just act like it’s gonna be okay?

Of course not. You know, look at me. I’m gonna tell you something, right? You know the law got involved.

I understand

On many occasions the law got involved you know it ain’t my fault I don’t care what I say to you.

It doesn’t matter.

It doesn’t give you the right to put your hands on somebody.

You can always leave.

You know, easily. You know he took away quite a bit of my years. He did something, it did something to me for a while, but I said I wasn’t gonna let that continue to dig away at me. You know what I mean? Because I got goals and aspirations but sometimes when you you look like this, you know what I’m saying?

Oh I know. I’m listening to you that’s why we’re here. There’s gonna be a hundred thousand women that watch this thing, and a lot of those are gonna be in your same situation. What do you tell them to do when they’re in that situation that’s not good for them?

What I had to do is I pray. That’s the only thing I can share, ok? That’s what I had to do. I had to pray and ask God because that’s my belief. Everybody’s beliefs may not be the same, but whatever higher power that you believe in other than this earth you got to pray and ask for strength to go on. Because there’s so many times that I just I wanted to retaliate but I knew if I retaliated I would end up either dead or in prison somewhere.

Just bad people.

Correctamundo.

No good around you.

It would get real ugly sometimes. It would get real ugly, but this was the last straw.

Like these young girls that are listening, and they get into, they got boyfriends that are pushing and shoving.

Well they got to get out. See, you can’t, see what happens is you start thinking to yourself: ‘Okay, we won’t work this out because I know him one kind of a way. Now all of a sudden, I’m seeing a different person. So maybe we’re gonna try to work this out. I’m gonna do what I can do on my end to try to work this out so that this can stop, gotta..’ Can’t do that.

Cant.

When it happens the first time, you gotta roll out.

Just get out. Get out of there.

That’s right because whatever it is in a, in a person man or woman whatever it is in a person that drives them to be physical with somebody unless they get help for themselves it’s gonna be a continuous thing. There are many support groups out here for young ladies, for men, because they’re men that are being abused as well. There are plenty support groups out here. The bottom line is you gotta find something within yourself to say I don’t deserve this.

When I read your story I I felt like you were my people. Like you were where I come from I come from pretty tough neighborhood, too. I was in a situation where I heard a lady one time say I won’t make him do that to me again, and that never left me. I hate today bothers me so bad, but I hate thinking that this lady’s in North Carolina trying to do better and I thought this is my lady. This is, these are my people. This is the lady that I want to be on, this is the one that I want to work for.

Umm hmm.

The case that we had was really challenging to build you a smile, but I when I stayed up I stayed up late to get it. Me and her live on the same street and we’re neighbors as far as I was concerned. Have you ever thought about what would be different if you didn’t lose your smile?

What wouldn’t be different? There’s so many things that I could have done. There’s a lot of opportunities that I think that I missed out on not feeling like I look good enough, you know what I mean? I don’t think that I’m a bad-looking person, you know, but look at my teeth.

Yeah, and you learn not to smile. And when you learn not to smile you teach people not to smile.

Right.

It makes people take different directions in life.

But now, you know, not only that, you know, is I’ve gotten used to this but you know for a long time, you know. I would sit and not talk to people and you can see people look at you. It’s almost like they’re saying if only she would fix her teeth. You know? You know, people just look at you different. They look at you different, you know what I mean?

What I love about your story is is that you say, “I’m getting up. Oh, I’m getting up. I’m not staying down.” And I like that it means the world to me that I help people who try to help themselves and we hope that we can help people and seeing yourself as that person you would have been all these years. Who would she have been and I’d like to know you would say Ms. McGee in the Church is very awesome has to beautiful smile cause I think they would have said that minus one guy getting mad at you. You’ve overcome all these obstacles and the one thing that’s out of reach is a cosmetic dentist is just not affordable. Just couldn’t do it. Might as well buy another house.

Exactly.

I didn’t want you, I got the feeling that if we didn’t do it it probably wasn’t gonna happen. And so, I don’t think any dentist was gonna do it for you, and I think the cost is going to be too big, and I thought let me design this for this lady. I’m with you that’s why we’re here that’s why I wanted to come to North Carolina.

And I thank you so much.

But let’s see what we can do. I don’t have my gloves today so I’m going to let you grab this thing, then…

Let me get my glasses.

Okay.

Excuse me.

So, if you can, let’s start with that one?

We just go upper?

Upper, yeah. Let’s see what we’ve got.

Lord.

Yeah, it’s supposed to be real tight.

Oh.

Okay, look at me for a minute.

Is that right?

Oh my God it’s right. Feels weird to have teeth doesn’t it?

Oh (Laughs)

It looks amazing, oh my God!

It looks so…

Hold on…

They can call back! Oh my goodness, look at that! It looks Good!

It looks amazing. Let’s look right here.

Oh my goodness!

We’re doing it.

It looks so good!

I gotta to say something.

What?

They look amazing. Let me see. Chin up a little bit. Oh my God!

I love it and they’re white! They look good I like it!

They look amazing, thank you.

Let me see again. I love it. I can smile now! Look at that! I know I have to get used to it and that I understand.

You haven’t had anything there in 6 years.

That’s better than that any day.

Oh, yeah!

I got some teeth now! I love it! Let me ask you a question. Suppose I lose weight will that make a difference?

You’re going to lose weight everybody I deal with in six months are a different person.

Are you serious?

Yes, because what’s happening is they start walking, they start learning, they get on the internet, they go out, they see people. You’re going to be a different person!

I’m going to have a new attitude! I love them! Wait until I take a picture and show my mother!

You look beautiful. Okay, you gotta get used to them first.

I know like what I thought you know how you can see like the gumline like what oh my goodness it’s like it’s fits right with my gum. Child, it’s on.

You look beautiful. You look like a college professor.

Oh you’re too much! I love them!

We’re going to make it.

Lord you have me crying out here.

No, we’re not going to cry, we’re going to be happy today.

Let me tell you something, this is awesome.

I know.

Nobody has to pay that kind of money for these. Child these right here you know my mother 80 years I’m gonna get a picture.

We’re going to take a picture in a few minutes, yeah. The people you know in the future are never gonna know the lady that got her teeth knocked out.

Yeah when I feel comfortable with it in my mouth already.

Now here’s what I got to ask you some things. We know we never met each other did we?

Never.

We don’t know each other?

No, we do not.

You never tried these on before today?

This is the first time, and that’s the truth.

Do you feel like they’re gonna fall out?

No.

Do you feel like they’re loose it’s like they’re too loose?

No, they’re secure. They’re up in there, honey. Yeah, yeah, up in there.

Yes, I got one more thing I got to ask.

What’s that?

There’s dentists out there all over the country telling people they can’t take their own impression, they can’t…

That’s not true!

You did it yourself?

I’m gonna tell you why because I thought like that too I felt because I’ve been to the dentist before and I’ve been in a situation where you got trained dentists that had to do it one or two times. I’m telling you Child I’ve got that look that little blue ball and that white ball rubbed it together and and then I was kind of before I even did it I sat at the table. I was like oh my god I only got two shots let me get this thing right. Okay, and then the mixing part you know I was like it wasn’t hard to mix it at all then when I put it in that tray it was it was easy.

Considering it saves people tens of thousands of dollars you know like you could go and pay thousands of dollars and let it Dentist do it or you can do it yourself at home.

And honey this is what you get.

It’s amazing in no time at all you’re going to learn how to adjust yourself. It’ll adjust your wardrobe, you know, adjust your style, you’ll adjust all these things and you’re going to be able to smile to people. I guess you make a lot of money working with the public?

Yes.

You’re going to be so much more confident.

Yes.

Talking to people and saying hello.

Let me tell you something we just had a big event that came here in Charlotte and you had all kind of men that came to Charlotte. You had tall ones, short ones, fat ones, skinny ones, ugly ones, they was just all over the place honey. Yeah, I wish I had these teeth last weekend.

Oh yeah, and then you go and let me tell you, you look so beautiful with your smile. I’m gonna ask you to spend some time practicing smiling. I promise you if you’ll just get some pictures of yourself, you’re gonna fall in love with them. I’ve seen two different people and I’m seeing a lady that deserves to smile. You have an amazing smile.

Thank you.

I can’t wait until the church sees it.

Lord have mercy when I roll up with these pearly whites right here…Let me tell you something you have to love what you do to come this far to do this for me, little old me.

I think people have a purpose and if you following your purpose things would work out.

You’re a blessing to me.

I hope so.

The video at first I was like, nah you know, I don’t want to tell because everybody is going to know my business but I don’t care about that anymore I’m past all of that because if I can do something or say something to help somebody else just like you’re helping somebody I’m gonna do it.

I’m thinking today the biggest thing you’re going to do is there’s somebody in the situation or somebody’s hitting on them and you’re they’re gonna take your message and go I’m not going to get hit on anymore. I’m not going to let someone take my smile.

Yes, yes, six years.

Six years.

Until today.

But you’re set. I think you see you’re like you’re I’m just so proud of it like I know you’re going to. You haven’t seen yourself yet other than just a mirror, but when you get home and you’re able to have conversation you’re gonna go WOW. And it’s gonna make you want to do all the things that you normally pass on like, it’s not worth it, oh that’s not good enough, I’ll find my people oh he’s a good guy. I’m telling you I see it too many times they always come out of there they bloom and I can’t wait to see you.

Oh my God.

You’re smile is amazing. It means the world we’re gonna wrap it up today guys. There’s two messages here. One, just don’t let anybody take your smile. I think things have a purpose and I came here for a reason and I hope that you get that. The second thing we tell them is we’re gonna put all that behind us. We’re going forward.

Oh yeah.

We got, you’ve got a lot of plans, you’re gonna…

Yeah.

…Send pictures to your mom.

Yes.

You’re gonna be probably making Facebook posts and Instagram posts and Choir posts, and all I ask is just send me one.

I will I can’t wait we’re gonna get some more pictures and we’re gonna break it up.

Okay.

The fact is it’s not so much about how great it is it’s that you no longer have to worry about it standing out. I know but look at this though even if I don’t do a half-smile it is so lined up with my gum…

It’s perfect!

That is perfect! Yeah!

Let’s get one for mom. Hey mom!

Hey! (laughs)

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