Tooth decay is a big deal in this country and it’s preventable. In fact if I’ve never said it before it’s the number one most preventable disease in this country and we’re not doing enough to cure it. It gets bad and then within a few years of 18 people have decayed it so bad that people go WOW. They look at it like its social like it’s a social class like they just neglected it and people don’t understand the power of bacteria or how quick a smile can deteriorate.
Our story came from that she was 18 years old her teeth started going bad. At some point she went to dentist and was handed a bill for $18,000.
$18,000 or nothing is not a choice. At Brighter Image Lab we try to do New Life Smile Makeovers because we think that anybody that’s sitting there with a smile is holding them back is not living their full life.
I think that we were able to show this young lady that you have a choice.
Hey guys I’m at the airport today, and we’re flying to Rapid City South Dakota.
This young lady is 28 years old with two kids. Since she was 18 years old she’s had a smile that she’s been embarrassed with. She gave me a story that said I went to the dentist and tried to get something done before it got worse.
How do you tell a mom at 18 or 20 years old that it’s gonna cost $18,000 or we can’t do anything for you and then let them leave and continue to be embarrassed? We don’t do that anywhere else in society. We don’t do it anywhere.
…But she had gross embarrassment and nobody has helped her. There’s not anyone to turn to.
What we’re hoping is she’s gonna get a new smile, that it goes well, that she gets to see herself in a better light.
She’s young enough to where I don’t think her kids have seen her smile, I don’t think her husband sees her smile, hopefully it’ll all go well.
Follow me as we go along, and I’ll see at the end of this trip.
We’re at the airport. We got it. We made it. Rapid City South Dakota is a sunken, true treasure. If anybody’s not been here, they ought to look it up. But this whole thing wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Lori.
She took it last minute. We called 40 different places and they kept saying no, we can’t do that much work…no, we don’t want the responsibility of it not working…no, it may be too hard, and Lori said come on in. If you have a need we’re gonna help you take care of it, and she did it. You want to talk about a first-class operation?
When I heard y’all were coming I was very ecstatic and excited and nervous, but I was ready for a new smile.
I’ve seen you change already, like, what I see is what I knew I would see, and when this magic’s done the whole village should have been here for you since you were 18. Can you tell me what happened? What caused it?
Um I said the dentist told me he that he believes its genetic. Yeah, cause my mother had very bad teeth too. After I had my first child, they just started getting really brittle.
But I’m telling, you just being happier and just seeing you here from when I saw you walking in it’s a difference of half-full or half-empty.
Everything was two or three times harder than we thought it was gonna be with more to do it wasn’t just let’s start and get finished.
Oh man, I think that having a new smile will bring me out of the house more and take me to do things with my children and actually be able to go out and have dinner or have a drink with my husband on a weekend.
Not being able to smile has brought on depression in my life and anxiety from it. I can’t enjoy plenty of things with my kids and my husband and you know, just as much as small as sitting around watching a comedy and they’re laughing and I’m not laughing because I don’t want to show my teeth.
I would tell people at home that you’re never too old to have a great smile. You’re…You can always improve yourself.
I think if I could go back and tell myself something I would say to march straight to the dentist and get something done right now or it’s gonna, they’re gonna be ruined in no time…
…And when they tell me $18,000 I thought, um, I’ve got about three thousand dollars I can afford. I was upset and I felt small I felt like there was nothing else I could do.
I felt like the dentist didn’t even care that I was…He could tell that I was self-conscious, right, and I felt like he didn’t even care.
Even when it’s time for us to go out and have dinner and things like that I want to get dressed up, and I want to fix my hair and make-up, but I don’t because I feel like there’s no point whether I put it on or not my smile is still not gonna be there.
Oh, I wish every day I think about it every day that I wish I would have been able to do this sooner! I believe that with a new smile I will always be having my make-up on, my hair done, and I have a feeling that my wardrobe is about to get bigger!
I’m very nervous, but excited.
You’ve been going all day.
And so, if you don’t mind…This one is our model version.
See how polished that is?
I want you to try that, let’s put it in, and you’ll have the biggest smile.
No, you’re gonna go right in.
We’re there. it’s gonna take a second, you just stay with it.
How weird does it feel?
It feels weird.
Does it feel bulky?
You gotta give it a few seconds.
And we’re gonna try a different…You see that? No one can do that, and you haven’t seen enough of it. See they, I’m as close as you can be. Let’s look, here, you look amazing! Absolutely amazing!
I’m so close to you that I can’t tell and if I can’t tell nobody can tell.
You look amazing.
You look at the detail between the two teeth.
No one’s ever going to be looking at your teeth like that. I wish you could see this.
Look in the mirror. Look who that is. For the first time that’s not anybody anyone is going to say no to. That’s a lady who came in and she’s amazing. You could be hired for real estate, you could be hired for sales. You could be hired for almost anything because they need you in the room. Because this girl’s so well put together, she’s amazing.
That’s my mom. That’s my wife. That’s my daughter. You see what I’m saying? That’s my best friend. She had a long time with the sentencing that she didn’t deserve.
$18,000 was not your only option. You should have had a better choice. Your little boy…I shouldn’t meet you before your little boy, or your daughter. She’s gonna can you imagine an example just how radiant a woman my mom, my mom decided to come back?
Please tell me you see what I see?
You don’t want to teach her not to smile. You don’t want to teach her all that. You want to teach her to be excited!
I’m very excited! I can’t wait to my kids see it, or my husband.
I have to tell you that I’m very impressed with the young lady that we worked with. You know, all we ever see from the from the people who we pick for a New Life Smile is people that we think would actually have a lot of potential if they had a new smile.
I can tell you that hopefully you’ll see in the video that this young lady has a lot to say and a lot to do and she has a whole lot to offer.
At the end we get to meet a family and one of the most beautiful families you’ve ever met in your life.
I feel real good about what we did today. I have to say it was it was more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be. We had a situation where we came in and saw the town and Mount Rushmore was amazing.
I get the feeling that if you come in the summer you’ll never leave, but I also get the feeling that if you come in the winter you probably won’t ever come back.
You know there’s a lot of scenery here, a lot of things to do. It was a good, good, good trip. It was a quick in-and-out we had a great time, but the job that we did was tough.
To always train yourself to smile without showing your teeth it’s just not good. We’ve seen it in the past for people whose daughters aren’t used to seeing them smile, and we know as grown-ups, your babies learn how to how to interact based on how they see you interact.
I saw this young girl walk in as an average mom that had been neglected with not a whole lot of extra.
You know people say that, you know cosmetic teeth are, just I mean the looks of your teeth are just cosmetic. That is so incredibly wrong, and I don’t know how else to say it.
It did everything it could do, and it’s amazing that the smile can do that little bitty of a thing imagine what it cost her not to have it for ten years and she is somebody that everybody should proud of and now you can tell her husband is already proud of her. You can tell her family thinks the world of her.
This is the kind of smile makeover that we want to do. We hope that you’re impressed with her before-and-afters. We hope you enjoy it and we’re gonna end it here.
This story was in Rapid City, SD, but we hear stories from clients all over in areas like Sturgis, SD, Casper, WY, Grand Island, NE, Omaha, NE, Sioux Falls, SD, Sioux City, IA, Minneapolis, MN, St. Paul, MN, Bismarck, ND, Great Falls, MT, Cheyenne, WY, Fort Collins, CO, Denver, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, Manhattan, KS, Topeka, KS, Kansas City, MO, Overland Park, KS, Idaho Falls, ID, Boise, ID, Spokane, WA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, Provo, UT, Grand Forks, MN, and Aberdeen, SD