Kristin was our initial survivor. Her lateral broke off at the gumline and could not be saved. Her teeth were gray due to staining. She suffered from dry mouth due to chemotherapy in 1995 which resulted in many root canals, fillings, and crowns. Her main concern was the many different colored crowns placed in the past giving her what she called "a lightbulb" on the bottom.
We replaced the lateral tooth with a porcelain bridge and placed veneers and crowns across the top in 2007. We improved the lower teeth with matching crowns and veneers in 2008.
Ginny won our survivor smile makeover in 2009. She is very good at taking care of her teeth. When she was little, there was a baseball accident resulting in a major root canal in the front and a crown. The root canal severely discolored that tooth. As a single mother with 2 children, she never had the means for braces to straighten and fix her smile.
We straightened Ginny's smile with anterior veneers and crowns and lightened up her dark tooth. The process took only a couple of weeks, and she's very happy with the results.
Our 2010 winner was Sandi. She's a mother and blessed grandmother. She suffered from early colon cancer in 2008 and again diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Ductal Carcinoma Insitu in August of 2009. After multiple weeks of chemotherapy and numerous rounds of radiation, she's here to tell her story and raise awareness.
She was concerned about her darker teeth due to chemo. Her midline was slightly off, and we moved it closer to center. Some teeth had chipped, but overall had taken great care of her teeth.
Our 2011 survivor was randomly chosen to be Pascoalina. She is a survivor of breast cancer since 2007 and belongs to several cancer support groups. She is very proactive in the cure for breast cancer.
She had several concerns about some posterior teeth in which we fixed before addressing the front teeth. She was concerned about how she didn't show a lot of teeth when she smiled. Also some teeth turned dark due to previous treatments. We lengthened her teeth and performed some gum surgery to allow for a brighter smile.
Cindi was our 2012 winner. She has 4 children and 8 grand-kids. Her story stated in 1989 when she was diagnosed with pre-cancerous displasia during her pregnancy with twins. She was fortunate to carry her daughter to full term but lost her son. After her pregnancy, it was discovered that she had cervical cancer. Following chemotherapy and radiation, she experienced 15 years of remission. In 2004, she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and returned to radiation and chemotherapy. Her teeth have gone through extreme wear and degradation to the point of half of the original height of the teeth were missing.
Cindi's restoration took longer than our previous winners due to her worn dentition and loss of bite. We placed her teeth in temporaries to a desirable esthetic position and waited to see if her mouth could handle a new bite. We also lengthened her teeth with minor laser gum surgery. With extra strong crowns, we reshaped them to a new and improved look which also improved her bite
Denise C, our 2013 survivor, is a single parent of two adult child and an Army veteran once stationed in Germany for 4 years. She was diagnosed with stage 3 invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast recently. Treatment included a double radical mastectomy with the removal of 9 out of 21 positive lymph nodes on October 24, 2011. Prior to this, two brain tumors were removed on July 19, 2011. She has never liked her smile and has difficulty chewing.
We corrected Denise's smile with bridges extending to her back right molar and corrected the gaps in the front with porcelain crowns. She states that it has been a long time since chewing on the side and loves it.
Reese D., our 2014 winner, is a 42 year old mother of 2 boys. She was diagnosed with stage 3C breast cancer. After chemotherapy, removal of the affected area, and radiation, she is in the finishing stages of her recovery. Concerning her oral health, Reese had multiple discolored areas and was self-conscious about her smile.
We fixed the discoloration and gaps with porcelain crowns. We also sculpted her gingiva with laser recontouring to repair some of the irregularities.
For more information about our Survivor Bright Smiles program see our website information here.
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