A $33K Dental Makeover for Free? Sign me up!

white-teeth-smileLike a lot of people, I wish I had the pearly white teeth of a Hollywood starlet. But last year my dentist told me it would take $5,000 out-of-pocket to make it happen, so I decided to continue frittering away my money on food, kids’ clothing, and $4-a-gallon gasoline instead. (For more on pricey teeth, check out “The Soaring Cost of Dental Care Is Nothing to Smile About”).

But those dreams die hard. So when I heard about the Ultimate Dental Health Makeover contest run by the magazine Dear Doctor: Dentistry and Oral Health, my ears perked up. If you win the contest, which is open to contestants through Dec. 1, you get all the dental work you need, whether it costs $5K or $33K.

Throwing caution to the wind, I entered the contest. But I couldn’t help wondering: “What’s the catch?” So I tracked down the publisher of the magazine, Mario Vilardi, DMD, to find out. This is the magazine’s third dental sweepstakes: A real person won the first one, and the second winner is currently being selected, according to Vilardi.

The winner of the first contest, who was featured in the magazine, needed $33,000 worth of work—hence the contest’s upper limit. Brian had teeth that were chipped and discolored, missing in some cases, and one that had to be extracted due to an infected root canal. The 38-year-old also had a suspicious lesion inside his lip and a history of infrequent smokeless tobacco use, so he had a cancer screening as well. All this, plus replacement of the missing teeth, added up to the hefty price tag.

But Vilardi says price is not the issue, and it’s not necessary to have lots of dental problems to win the contest, which brings me back to the catch.

It works like this: The magazine has a group of contest sponsors, who donate the “stuff” you need to make pretty teeth, such as braces and bone-regenerating factors.

However, your dentist has to agree to waive his or her fee in exchange for 1,000 free magazines and the publicity that comes with coverage in the magazine.

So that means if you happen to live in rural South Dakota, and you win the contest, there’s no guarantee that you’ll find a local dentist willing to do the work. But heck, $10K of dental work might be worth a few plane tickets.

You also have to agree to appear in the magazine. And the magazine or its sponsors aren’t going to pay the gift tax. So you’ll owe Uncle Sam a portion of your award.

The magazine’s staff picks 10 people at random, and calls them to see if they object to the gift tax, says Vilardi. “Believe it or not, one person in the last contest did say no, and then what we did was pick another person,” he says. The magazine then evaluates those 10 people and selects a winner.

And the emphasis is on health, says Vilardi, not just a pretty smile.

“I think that’s really important to clarify, it’s not just to make someone beautiful,” says Vilardi. But that doesn’t hurt either.

Vilardi says they had 6,000 entries for the first contest and 10,000 for the second. Those odds aren’t too bad, considering my only other option is winning the lottery.

Even Hollywood starlets start out with nothing more than a dream.

(PHOTO: FOTOLIA)

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Last Updated: June 18, 2008
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  • Debra Walton

    Please help my mouth.

  • Deidre Logan

    Please save my mouth!

  • Deborah Harris

    I’ve already had partial jaw implants, but my teeth are so yellow, I hate to smile, I need all the help I can get….

  • Betty P Hendley

    We have 5 generations needing dental work and based on your offer we could all get it done for the price you mentioned. We range in age from 7 years to 86 years old. This could be a unique article. Sure hope we qualify we have had so much illness we need help with this. Thanks 2nd generation of 5 Betty

  • Cynthia Ivy

    I have been praying for such a opportunity as this; for years; I have alway want to have a beautiful smile. I know that this is the answer to my prayers. You see, I am not asking for the world,I just a beautiful smile.

  • lyndon brown

    I just want to smile again,Please help me.

  • tracy law

    my boyfriend said he’ll marry me if he we can smile with pride on the photographs!

  • mortisha craig

    thank you

  • Jody Robinson

    I am a 42-year-old mother of three. I am near poverty level if not there. All of my front teeth are broken at the gum line. The rest of the few teeth I have are broken in pieces and also more broken to the gum teeth. I have 6 abscesses at this time. My heart and brain are in danger at this point. I would be so grateful to be healthy, able to eat, and project happiness with a full smile. Thank you.

  • margie mcduffie

    I am a mother of three and my front teeth are broken badly I have 4 abscesses in the back on my wisdom teeth I need most of my teeth fixed and have no way of getting done my health is at risk I’m only 29 with alot of bad teeth CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME??

  • kathy

    I WANT A PRETTY SMILE SO THAT I CAN GET A JOB GET A BOYFRIEND AND JUST SMILE AGAIN. THANKS K.S

  • BOBBIE FLEWELLEN

    I AM A SINGLE MOTHER OF A 16 YR. OLD I HAVE TAKEN THE BEST OF CARE OF MY THEETH WITH THE INSURANCE I HAVE [MEDICAL] WHICH DOSENT PAY FOR MUCH AND MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN CAVITY FREE UP UNTIL NOW. WE HAD A DENTIST APPOINTMENT 5 MONTHS AGO, SHE NOW HAS 8 CAVITIES, AND I HAVE PERIDONTAL THEETH DISEASE.MY INSURANCE CANT PAY FOR PROPER TREATMENT, AND I DONT WANT TO HAVE SPACES FROM EXTRACTION,I LOVE TO SMILE AND WANT TO SMILE. PLEASE HELP US. DESPERATE BOBBIE AND DAUGHTER. THANK YOU KINDLY

  • julie

    I would be a better person. If I only could smile again without being ashame of my nasty mouth.

  • Katz

    If I was to be granted one single wish. To have all necessary dental work to be healthy again. I have oral surgery Sept 2nd to remove 3 more teeth. In my mind I keep think eventually I will start feeling better but may not have many teeth left. Overall not to have infection in the gums and bones and the pain I have had in the last couple of years would be such a relief.

  • teresa evans

    plz help me smile, i’ve not smiled in a long time cos my teeth are so bad, i’am ashame i let them get so bad becouse now my life is so sad i dont talk a lot cos i see them looking at me, hope you can help a dream come ture thx

  • angie

    Ihave always had very large spaces in my teeth, but after I had several pulled it has gotten worse. I also have several cavities and a lot of yellowing, it would make me feel a whole lot better about my appearnce if I could have this opportunity.

  • Sonya C

    I went to the dentist last week and they said I would have to pay alot of money to get all my teeth done..I’m just 25 I don’t want to lose all my teeth. I have 2 kids and I really can’t afford to pay that much to get them fixed. I don’t know what to do anymore. I went out of the office and cried when I seen how much I would have to pay to get them fixed cause I know I cant pay it…Please help me..

  • Marla Brown

    I would donate a healthy limb to science for half a mouthfull of yellow teeth. I have 5½ teeth left in my mouth, 4 on the bottom, 1½ on top. Twenty years ago I was on my bicycle when I was struck down by a hit & run driver of a truck. Luckily, the worse of my injuries was a broken leg and my two front teeth. Six of my other teeth were shattered, but still intact. With no insurance, I could barely pay for the caps on the two front teeth. Within a few years, one at a time, my shattered teeth started breaking off at the gumline. Lose a few teeth, and it throws your “bite” off, putting pressure on existing teeth. Molars started breaking, then went my two capped fronts. Eight years ago, I had all my teeth. Since then, I don’t smile, lost my self esteem, don’t go out on dates since I really can’t dance and dinner is not an option. I’m slowly gaining weight since my diet is so messed up and close friends tell me I look “so sad”. Not lacking skills, I can’t get a job, and not smiling is probably why. Two weeks ago, I suffered from unbearable stomach pain, emergency medical treatment discovered an undigested, huge chunk of stew meat I don’t remember swallowing. The Doctor told me, “get some teeth to chew with or you may die”. I now use a steak knife on everything I eat…..and pray for a miracle.

  • tara mccormick

    help me im about to be 20 years old i cant get a job and caresource will not help me!!!!!!! I am missen my front tooth but the root is still in there it is very painful!!!! very very painful. i cant get a job bc i dnt look professinal…. My selfesteem is so low i dnt want to go outside or hang with my friends… All i want to do is be able to bite into a hamburger without pain shooten up and going to sleep with out haveing to worrie about taken a ibprofin to ease the pain i have no money no body will help me i used to have the most beautiful smile now its so ugly i used to laugh and show my teeth now i laugh covering up my mouth!!! Brings alot of attention to my mouth i just want to smile again.. please help me!!!!!!!!!

  • Somer

    Having bad teeth is the worst thing in the world. Nobody knows how painful it is when they have perfect teeth. I have had bad teeth since i was little an i have tought my self how to talk without showing them. I wish i could get them fixed but have no job an nobody to help me. Everyday i look at them an get so sad i start to cry. People say 1st impression is the best an for me i never had a good one cause i dont wanna smile. I wanna feel pretty an not have people look at me an get grossed out! One time i was with some friends an i smiled a little kid saw an said eww gross. My self esteem has been so low for many years. I just wanna be able to leave my house an smile all day! Im in need of help anybody

  • annette

    Hi I really need help , i am trying very hard to find a dentist who will help fix my teeth, well what i have left. I am 49 yrs old female in customer service type work. I used to have a beautiful smile and now looks so bad i cry at times. its awful. i have 5 teeth on top spread out no front teeth. and on the bottom 8 teeth in front i have no back teeth. it is very very difficult to eat. i bite my lip and it makes it bleed. this problem is killing me then it burns with anything salty. please someone help me or refer me to someone who can. i know there is someone out there that can and will help me.
    THANK YOU

  • Susan Bersbach

    My best friend Nikki does everything for everyone else and never for herself. She is missing many teeth and her front tooth is hanging on by a thread. Not only aesthetically is she unhappy but, almost everyday that goes by I hear her say that her teeth hurt and she wishes she could get them fixed Is there anyone who can help her. Please contact me with help!
    Thanks so much
    Susan Bersbach

  • kathy thompson

    well i guess my story is kinda like every one else, missing a ton of teeth and cant afford to have them fixed, so just get them pulled when they get infected. it is so hard for me never to be able to smile with my mouth open. i feel so weird with 1 tooth in front and the ones on each side are gone and they judt keep fallin out. if anyone can help please feel free to contact me.

  • Nita B.

    I’m a single young female with no children. I’ve had to have open heart surgery for a mitral valve replacement at the age of 25. With an artificial heart valve, dental health is not optional-it’s mandatory. Problem is, I’m disabled due to my condition and affordable dental work is just not in my reach. Cavities and chipped teeth have spiraled out of control. I can’t express what a huge blessing it would be to finally have these issues resolved. (The stress alone is overwhelming).
    Thank you in advance for your consideration.

  • cassandra nichols

    I am a 27 year old mother of 2 and just to be honest my teeth are so bad and i have not been able to get my teeth fixed for a couple of reasons.First of all the first time i went to get my teeth fixed i ended up fixing my sons teeth he had broken and from that point on all my money went to my son and getting his hearing fixed,well trying atleast.He is now almost deaf in both ears and wears hearing aids.So please help me with my teeth i will feel so much better about myself.

  • Jgranville101@hotmai

    I would love to have my teeth fixed. I am always chewing gum because I feel and know I have a terrible smell to my mouth. My babies who are getting bigger now I would not feel like I am embarrassing them with their friends.! I am going back to school in January to finish nursing ! So I will be talking to alot of patients and people! I have implants up top my teeth on the bottom are breaking and I owe that bill . Also trying to manage after the hurricane! Thank you for reading this far! Mine and all the other mothers !

  • Phyllis Kerzner

    I have heart diease and I had open heart surgery in 1994,I am a 59 yr ole woman. I need dental work and I can’t afford it,and they say if you don’t take care of your teeth you can die.I can live with my yellow teeth but I don’t want to die. I don’t dream any more because all my dreams were taken,but I still have wishes,Bless Someones heart if someone can help me. Phyllis Kerzner

  • Sue

    My teeth are awful. My health is awful. I need help and hope.

  • tracy

    I TOO HAVE A STORY, I AM A RECOVING ADDICT WITH MISSING TEETH WHO PROUDLY HAVE PUT EVERYTHING BACK TOGETHER IN MY LIFE EXPECT 1 THING MY TEETH, THEY MAKE IT TO MUCH TO AFFORD, I JUST WISH THERE WHERE MORE RESOURCES OUT THERE FOR THE ONES THAT TRULY NEED THE CHANCE TO SMILE BIG AGAIN

  • Karrie Adams

    Hi! My name is Karrie and I really need some help!!! My brother-in-law Randy is 26 years old and is having SEVERE toothe pain and swelling! He is such a sweet and caring man that works 2 jobs just to make ends meet. Randy went deaf 25 years ago and was shipped off to deaf boarding school when he pratically could talk. He was never giving a chance to go to the dentist growing up because his parents were deaf also and could not afford for them to go to the dentist! We have spent thousands of dollars for my husbands teeth and Randy has been the unfortunate one that has not had thousands of dollars to spend. On March 28, 2003 Randy got severely sick and had to take high dosages of antibiotics and it made the rest of his teeth fall out. I have the upmost respect for him because he has been through so much in his life and this just makes it worse. I can see how this affect him physically and mentally everyday! The severe pain he goes through because his teeth are severely ruined! I know that if it gets to bad the infection can actually kill him! It would mean the world to me if you would give him a chance to smile again and get the self cofidence that he use to have!!!! Thank you!!!!!!

  • Alexandria Harris

    I would like to be able to eat solid food with out my teeth hurting, and they are embrassing the ones that I do have are rotten down to the gums and I can’t afford dental insurance. I only get one thousand six hundred and sixty eight dollars a month. I really could use some help!

  • Alexandria Harris

    I am 52 years old. I’m on disability and my teeth in the front lower bottom are rotten to the gums. I can not afford dental insurance. I need help, please!

  • Dana

    Hi I’m Dana and I just turn 23 in July. I haven’t been goin to the dentist really but I went last year and they told me that my wisdom teeth will need to come out, and my back teeth will fall out if I didn’t start flawsing. I do need braces and would love to get them but I just can not afford them. I’m not ashamed to smile because I love doing it and love to laugh. I would love to be in your megazines and show everyone the beautiful work I hope you will do for me. Please please PLEASE fix my teeth!!!

    Yours truley, Dana

  • Jacqueline Granville

    I have a son who has an over bite plus other things that are needed. I also need my bottom teeth fixed which are breaking and chipped. I am going to school in January 2009. I am going to finish my RN degree! I am concerned about walking around with an ouder in my mouth, which I have had for years. Many of the times I am tired of chewing gum. Please if I could get the help I would appreciate it very much!

  • Holly

    My son is a recovering drug addict and during his active abuse, he didn’t take care of his teeth. They have deteriorated and he has had 4 pulled already. The dentist said it will cost in the multi-thousands to repair his teeth. He needs another 6 (at least) removed and now really wants his teeth back. He has realized the damage that drugs did to his teeth and wishes he could go back and do it over… but that’s not a possibility. He’s now trying to take care of his teeth but I’m afraid that the damage has already been done. He is very self conscious of his teeth and won’t smile like he used to. He’s 27 and it’s hard to get a job without a beautiful smile. Please help!!

  • nileina Jackson

    forget yellow and stained teeth…I’m only 20 years old and my teeth are falling apart.I have four teeth in the back that broke off from decay and now half of the teeth are still stuck in my jaw with my gums growing over them.I have teeth that I can feel are starting to crack and it won’t stop untill all of my teeth are gone and decayed.the pain punches me out of nowhere and it throbs and I will have to take 5 crushed up tylenol just for it to calm down for a hour.I can’t eat or chew I can only use my front teeth and thats taking its toll on those.I have no insurance and I am on my own.I don’t like talking to people beacuse I know my breath must smell horrible beacuse I can taste it.I have abcest occasionaly and I can only afford the antibiotics to bring the swelling down.I know my teeth are making me sick and am too young for my teen to be going down this horrible road so fast…even if you can offer other services or suggest a way for me to get the help I need it would be greatly appreciated.thank you to all who took the time out to read this.

  • sunni

    MY NAME IS SUNNI. I AM 36 YEARS OLD AND THE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN.I WAS SINGLE FOR YEARS AND THEN I MET THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, BOBBY WHO IS A RECOVERING METH-ADDICT. HE HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR TWO YEARS BUT SUFFERED SEVERE TOOTH DECAY OR METH-MOUTH. SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT HE DOESNT DESERVE TO HAVE GOOD TEETH BUT HE HAS 9 TEETH LEFT AND HIS ONLY OPTION IS GET DENTURES. HE SUFFERS DAILY WITH PAIN AND IT HURTS ME TO SEE HIM LIKE THAT WE CANNNOT AFFORD INSURANCE AND ARE CURRENTLY TRYING TO FIND A DENTIST THAT WILL HELP US WITH THE COSTS. HE IS FULLY AWARE OF WHAT HE DID TO HIS BODY AND TEETH, AND AGREES THAT THRE IS NOONE OUT THERE THAT WILL HELP HIM, SO OUT OF DESPERATE ACTION I AM ASKING FOR YOUR HELP. I WOULD TO SEE HIM SMILE!!!

  • WILFRED

    My name is Wilfred an I need help with new teeth as you can see from my picture that they look bad an it become more of an embarrassment to me to smile or show my teeth and soon I want to get married but my fiance wants me to get them fix first but I don’t have any money since I don’t work any more I am out on long disability because I have lupus.and i also had both eyes Coronal replaced
    I need help can you please help me ??

  • Jacqueline Granville

    My son is diabetic and needs his teeth fixed , He is such a cutie and has an over bite that I worry about. i also need my teeth fixed on the bottom and I can stop chewing gum!

  • Suzanne Kisley

    I REALLY DO NEED THE HELP, IF YOU CAN HELP AT ALL, PLEASE CONTACT ME. I DON’T KNOW WHERE ELSE TO TURN.

  • Suzanne Kisley

    I SHOULD PROBABLY ADD SOME INFORMATION TO MY PAST COMMENT…. I’M A 26 YR OLD WOMAN WITH A BABY BOY AND LOVING HUSBAND. LET ME START OFF BY SAYING THAT EVERY SINGLE TOOTH IN MY MOUTH HAS A LARGE FILLING IN IT. I’VE HAD A HARD TIME WITH MY TEETH EVER SINCE THEY CAME IN WHEN I WAS A TOT. I’VE BEEN TO MANY DENTISTS THROUGH THE YEARS AND THEY ARE ALL SAYING THE SAME THING… EITHER GET IMPLANTS OR DENTURES SINCE MY TEETH ARE LITERALLY FALLING APART. I RECENTLY WENT TO A DENTIST IN THE AREA AND THEY PUT ME ON ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN RELIEVERS SINCE I HAVE SO MUCH PAIN DUE TO ABCESS. I JUST DON’T KNOW WHERE TO TURN ANYMORE, WE WENT BANKRUPT 2 YRS AGO SO I CANNOT GET APPROVED FOR CARE CREDIT OR ANY LOANS, I CANNOT GET APPROVED FOR ANYTHING THROUGH THE COUNTY, AND WE HAVE MAXED OUT BOTH OF OUR PARENTS. I FEEL LIKE THESE TEETH ARE AFFECTING MY OVER ALL HEALTH AND HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN TOLD THAT BY ALL OF THE DENTISTS. I CONSTANTLY HAVE HORRIBLE HEADACHES AND PAINS EVERYWHERE. I CANNOT LIVE OFF ANTIBIOTICS AND PAIN RELIEVERS FOR MY WHOLE LIFE. IF THERE IS ANYTHING AT ALL THAT YOU CAN DO, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

  • Lizzy

    I am a single mother of 1 son i have to have a lot of dental work done but its to much. I have missing teeth crowed oversized yellow teeth and im only 23 can someone please help. This is my one and only wish

  • Lizzy

    I really needs this i live with my son and i have very bad self esteem i even tried commiting suicide 2 twice because i get rejected by everone no joke just because of my teeth i wish i can make this nightmare go away

  • Nicki Ferrari

    Last year I was renovating a stream. I made steps down to it and misplaced a rock. When I stepped on it, I was catapaulted about 10 feet into the stream. It broke off my bottom teeth. Since then my job has been sold to a foreign country so I was able to go to school. I took distance learning on my computer so noone would see me. I have been a virtual hermit since then. I’ve lived with my fiance for the past 10 years. Recently, he has been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. This is his last week of chemotherapy, then in 4-5 weeks he has to have a chest resection. I want to be there with him, have to be there with him, but look so horrible that the worry of him plus my humiliation of teeth like this is more then I think I can handle. My school funding was cut, I have$320.00 left on on my unemployment. I have 10 years of college under my belt but am virtually unemployable. I worked for Sony Corp. but could not afford to keep up their insurance. I even called welfare and they said that I make too monuch money per weekk to get a medical card ($145.00) weekly. I am desperate, and do not know what to do but must do it now. If you know of anyway….I would pay back every cent. Plus I am on a liquid diet because I canot eat solid food. But at least I do not have cancer which must come first in this household right now. Thank you for your time.

  • Brenda

    I am praying for a miracle that someone will help me with my dental work. I have dental insurance, and I cannot even afford the costs of getting my dental work done. I love people, and have an outgoing personality, but, I get sad because I can’t smile. Please help me!!! Thank you, and God bless!

  • Sandy

    I have 4 kids and just want to be able to take a nice family photo with them again and have a healthly smile! My teeth are bad bad, so bad to the point i deal with infections that could possibly poison me! And I dont even want to go out and socialize or even work for fear of what people are thinking when I talk to them. Im so entering for this and I know Im not the only one out there with bad oral health but I do know I’m up there with the ones that would be enternally grateful to have their smile that they never had even when their teeth were good!! Wish me luck as do I all of you on the great exspectation of actually winning something that may better you!

  • Tracy

    It would be a huge blessing to have my teeth and gums repaired. I am a divorced mother of two, and I have recently become a full time student with NO INSURANCE. My mouth hurts from decay and lack of money, not to mention the lack of self confidence while sporting broken teeth. Can you all PLEASE HELP me?

  • ANESA

    I AM A 30 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF 3 KIDS AND I HAVE REALLY BAD TEETH WELL I CAME FROM A LOW INCOME FAMILY AND WHEN ME AND MY SIBLINGS WERE YOUNG WE NEVER WENT TO THE DENTIST BECAUSE OUR PARENTS COULD NOT AFFORD IT BUT I STILL BRUSHED THEM BUT THEY STARTED GETTING BAD BUT NOT THIS BAD UNTIL WHEN I WAS 18 I WAS IN A VERY BAD ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP AND THAT MAN HIT ME IN MY MOUTH AND KNOCKED OUT ALL MY FRONT TEETH AND THEN I JUST STOP CARING ABOUT THEM BUT NOW THATS ONE THING I WISH I HAD IS A PRETTY SMILE I THINK ABOUT IT EVERYDAY IF I HAD THE MONEY THATS WHAT I WOULD DO FOR MYSELF SO PLEASE HELP ME HAVE A PRETTY SMILE AND BE ABLE TO BE AROUND PEOPLE AGAIN WITHOUT BEING ASHAMED OF MY SMILE PLEASE HELP

  • Judy

    Hi there I am a 50 yr old mother with a terrific attitude and have always loved to talk to people until I turned 40. Like others my teeth are literally falling apart due to major dental work and coffee. Some dentist tell me my previous fillings were way to big and make them crack from the hot and cold, when I talk I find myself covering my mouth with my hand.. my husband works but the company offers no insurance….meaning my dental work was put on hold. I just want a nice smile with out having to put it jar at night when i sleep. Thank you for offering this and even listening to me!

  • anne maicher

    I am a single mom of 2. I also help support my 2 yr. old granddaughter. My childrens’ father died of cancer at age 44, 6 yrs ago so I’ve been doing it all by myself since then. My son is attending college and is a terrific kid. He is in serious need of cosmetic dentistry. Joey has soft teeth and gets cavities all the time. His job when he finishes school will include a lot of face to face with clients. I cannot afford to fix his teeth and I would love to see him smile and be proud of his teeth, because he does have a beautiful smile. There are a lot of things I do need, but I would fore go all of that to just see him smile just once. Please help my 18 yr. old son.

  • melissa weiland

    im 39 all teeth are all abscess iv lived with mouth pain cant find anyone to help im disablei get 600.00 amonth madcare does not help with a dentist pain pills dont help does anyone know how to find help

  • Connie Epperley

    I would like to enter this contest. I am 63 and always had numerous dentists over the years beginning with a dentist in childhood (mom made sure teeth were checked every 6 months). But, this dentist in my hometown scared me for life because I never like seeing a dentist after leaving home. I felt it was torture to see this dentist, which was numerous as I remember having sooo many fillings, teeth pulled and just walking up those stairs in the old building to see this dentitst did it for me!

    Now, so many years later and only using a dentist when I had to because of an extraction, I have a great need for a new mouth. My smile deserves this. After all I was a shy person and it took me forever to learn how to smile. Now, I do not like to laugh because of missing teeth, broken teeth, in need of repair.

    I would appreciate a free mouth makeover if at all possible.

  • anthony rickards

    hi my name is Tony and im 3o yrs old all my life iv suffered wiv really bad teeth and iv always been conscious of them im married wiv two lovely boys and have never had money to get them done iv had people from work drawin pics and takin the mick out of me and every where i walk i think people r talkin about how dirty my teeth are im so depressed and just dont know wat to do even my 3yr old son looked at my teeth the other day and sed why dont ur teeth look nice like mummys i just didnt no wat to say im so ashamed and really need help please

  • Brnadi

    I’m allergic to milk so I don’t have very strong teeth infact they are sensitive to just about everything, and at the young ripe age of 24 I have 5 root canals and need so much more work! I just wan’t the pain to stop but I can’t keep up with these big bills! I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to help

  • Shannon

    I am a 24 year old mother of two beautiful girls.I never had a family that took care of me.I grew up on the streets and watched other peoples children for a place to stay.I dont ever remember going to a dentist.I was never taught how to take care of my teeth the proper way.I am happy to say that my children will never have to go through what I have been through.My two front teeth started to decay when I turned 18 years old and from that time and now it has just been a mess.I can not afford dental or health insurance but my children do have both.My two front teeth are almost gone and badly decayed.I have a few teeth in the back of my mouth that need to be extracted and I also need some other work done.I am always in pain and my weight jumps up and down due to not being able to eat some days because I cant handle the pain.I can not remember the last time I smiled and that was what I was always complemented for when I was growing up.When I look in the mirror and smile I feel like I am looking at a monster and cry for hours and my 2 year old says mommy what is wrong and I say baby my teeth hurt and she says to me mommy it will be okay and rub my head and give me a big hug.I do manage to pull myself together for her.I have been with my fiancee for 6 years and we dont kiss because I ma afraid he may leave me.We are due to get married but I refuse because I would like to smile in my photos.I do not have any pictures of me and my children or a family photos because of my mouth.I see myself as a monster and I know other people will also.I do not have any friends and I would really love to.Most of all I would just not like to have my children made fun of because of my mouth and I would like to kiss my fiancee again.Thanks so much for taking the time to hear my story

  • Carla

    I am 38 years old, and like many people cannot afford health or dental insurance because where I have been employed in the past, most places did not offer it or it was too expensive. Right now I am unemployed. My gums are badly receded showing alot of roots which are extremly sensitve and always hurts when I eat. I recently broke a tooth and part of the filling. It hurts to chew on it so I use the other side of my mouth which has a gaping hole due to a tooth being pulled a couple years ago. I have bad halatosis for I have not had my teeth cleaned in twenty years. I hope you can help. Thank You.

  • Please Help My Mom

    Hello,
    My name is Brian Allen Jr. I am 11years old and my mom is 34 years old. The reason I am sending this is because my mom has be to many dentist office with the dental insurance she has and they have told her it will cost over $5000 to repair her teeth. My mom is a very pretty lady and had very pretty teeth at one time, she smiled a lot. Now because of all the damaged and work she needs done she does not smile as often. My mom works a fulltime job and is a fulltime student for a Bachelors Degree in Network Technology and the only thing I would like for my mom this christmas is to have that pretty smile again. I know she can not afford it even though she works a lot. One day I plan to be a great football player and if you can help my mom in any way I will pay you back plus more. Please help my mom.

  • robert

    I entered the contest, because i have severe over-crowding and it’s so embarrassing, my useless insurance won’t cover any cometic’s, my self-esteem is very low and i know that’s why i’m still single at 35, please help!!!!!!

  • Harley Brundage

    I am 30 yrs.old and a dentist told me just to save my teeth it would be about 20,000 dollars. but that was if they could be saved! he said but it looked more like I would need implants or work and venners wich was about 30 to 70,000 dollars I do not have insurance and no way to correct the problems with my teeth. so I am Begging for help!!! My unattractive smile is not only a self-esteam issue but a health issue aswell my doctor told me I needed them fixed and that they were the reason I don’t have energy and always sick and could cause a more serious problem if not taken care of. I need your help!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE……….

  • Brian

    I’d like to have a nice smile to win the self-esteem I never had.

  • Ilona

    Hi! Iam 49. Single mother. I do manicures for a living. Life is very expensive. And Dental Care is extreme. I was told by U.M.D.N.J dental school that I need 10 implants. Price,24.000 in one years time. And ofcourse I could never pay that amount. And getting dentures sounds horrible. I would play hundreds of sweepstakes trying to win money to get my teeth fixed. Here I am and still with bad teeth.I still play the sweepstakes and still waiting. I wish for once in my family life something nice could happen. My mother, would play for years and nothing happened. She passed away last Oct of 2007. It would make me so happy. Now, Iam always depressed. Its true, like all the other people with there stories. Having unsightly teeth can ruin a persons life. I wish there was such a place for people who only make 15.0000 and under. It would be so nice if all Dentist in the United States would take one person one time in there life to help one person who cannot afford having there teeth fixed. Just one time. If all Dentist agreed to do this, I think all the people who are poverty level would be taken care of. Well, I know I am not going to win. But I wish for all the people who are in need of dental work, I hope all of you will someday or eventually be able to either find a dentist who would be nice enough to not charge an amount that is outragous for us. I mean even at the dental school in newark cost a lot. I will continue to play sweepstakes. Bless you all!!!

  • Samantha

    Hello. I am a 24 year old mother of 3 beautiful children and i can honestly say that i have never had a petty smile. I was born with a dental issue that was passed right on down through my family. I have extra teeth in front of my four top front teeth that are pushing my teeth backwards slowly but surely. Everyone in my family suffers from tooth decay and mine are getting really bad. I have had 3 teeth pulled and one by one they keep breaking plus my all 4 of my wisdow teeth are coming in straight into my back teeth. I have been made fun of, to my face, by many people (strangers and people i knew). I don’t leave the house anymore unless i have to and if i do i try not to smile in fear of the look people give me when they see my teeth. It hurts me for may reasons but it really sucks to think that i will never truly be able to be happy. I have a few things i would like to accomplish in my life time that i don’t think i will be able to do with out this one thing that i cannot control. I want to go to school then open my own hair salon once my youngest is in school but i cannot stand being embarrassed. I also have 3 wonderful children two with my fiancee who i want to marry and who actually wants to marry me irregardless of the was i look or feel about my self because of this but i refuse to get married until i can smile in a picture or even infront of people and thats just not fair to my fiancee, our children or me. Its embarrassing, ugly, irritating and sometime painful. Please oh please i really don’t like asking for things from others but i don’t know what else to do. Please help! Thanks for your time and consideration. Keep me in mind and i’ll keep you in my heart and prayers.

  • Fred Tattersall

    I’m 35 years old, and more than two-thirds of my teeth need to come out, due to breakage at the gum line. I haven’t seen a dentist in a great many years, because I haven’t had the money to take proper care of myself. Many abcesses and infections later, I’m at the end of my proverbial rope. I’ve recently found the woman of my dreams, and I really want to look good for her, and to stop having people look at my teeth and automatically judge me as being a lesser person than I know I am… I really need help, and I find myself praying that I can find a way to regain the self-esteem that comes from having a good smile. If selected, I promise to be a walking advertisement for the benevolent soul that chose to take a chance on me.

  • Kathleen Temple

    My husband was in the Navy for 23 years so that means I had to find a new Dentist every 3 years. I had a bridge done in Porto Rico, etc. etc. I would just love to have all my teeth problems fixed by a good Dentist not one I can effort
    Thanks Kathleen

  • ebony

    I need my mouth save ed. I have a pretty smile but my teeth HURT. I’m 26 years old an I need a lot of dental work. I need 3 teeth extracted, 7 root canals, 7 crowns , 2 dental implants.. That is what I call a lot of work. That’s what I call pain. If I could win a dental make over I would do a back flip.

  • chantal

    thank you for excepting my application i hope i will be picked for this makeover i am 27 years old and i have a serious dental problem and if i was picked this will bring back my love of smiling

  • my heart's desire

    please help

  • rosemary chavez

    long story short my mouth needs help

  • rosemary chavez

    please help my mouth

  • Mike Collier

    I am 35 and in very much need of work done on my teeth. With losing my good job I had back in 2002. I have had no dental insurance since. Now just the other day one of my huge fillings fell out, and they need a major cleaning, hard telling what else is going on in my mouth. With my current job that has no dental insurance and the cost of living now days. Whats going to happen to my smile everybody I can not afford to see the dentist to get my teeth looking pretty again. :-( After all my mom and dad had paid for me to have braces back when I was 8 years old, I feel terrible that I can not take care of my teeth like they cared about my smile. Will I have to hide my smile cause I can not afford the care they need.

  • kimberly

    im 14 and my dream is to get my teeth gap closed i cry every night knowing that to get my teeth fixed is alot of money and it wont happen. can someone help please.

  • Tiffany

    Please help my teeth! i am 20 years old with exreme dental problems and it is severly affecting my life and self-esteem! i am in desperate need of a dental makeover. i am currently unemployed because of my low self-esteem and i am always trying to hide behind my hair and make-up. i would love the oppourtunity to go to college and make something of myself, but it is really hard to get motivated when i am so depressed and afraid people will make fun of me. i have cavities, my bottom teeth are straight across not round and pretty, which results in about an inch of overbite, my jaw is crooked and i cant completely close my mouth without my jaw popping. i am constantly in pain. i cant chew without my jaw locking up and i have to open it really really wide and i look ridiculous, this goes on everytime i eat you see. i dont smile even around people i love because i dont want anyone looking at my teeth. i have almost applied for dentures just to have beautiful teeth, they dont have to be perfect, just better that this. im not asking for alot of money to be put into me, if i could get a little help that would be great, then maybe we could split the cost and give away some of the money to someone who needs it. PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME!!! i cant live under a rock forever.~~Tiffany

  • Kim

    My teeth are horrible, I have several abscessed teeth, which has caused an irregular heartbeat, 8 teeth missing and whats left is chipped and falling apart. I am 38 years old the mother of a 20 yr old and 17 yr old and now the caregiver of my 4 yr old niece. I don’t have dental insurance and desperately need help with my teeth. I have extreme fear of dentists which has made the journey along the way even more difficult. I care about my appearance, but that is not even a big concern anymore. I would just like to have a day without pain and popping ibuprofen left and right. I would like to eat normal solid food again, like a steak, popcorn, peanuts, and ice cream. Please help me in anyway that you can I am in misery!!!

  • Chris Johnson

    I am a 53 year old male. I have always been afraid of the dentist.I mean very,very afraid.To the point that my mouth is in very terrible shape.It depresses me to even look in the mirror.I don’t know what to do;I have no insurance and I am at the end of rhe rope.Please,I need help!

  • Shawn Holmes

    I am a 43 year old african american with serious dental problems that are leading to serious health conditions. I have dreams of being sucessfull in the field of administation or even education however my appearance and self esteem prevents me from furthing my career possible my life. Although I have a degree it has now and will not ever benefit me or society because of my appearance. I have no money nor do I have insurance. If you only help me to save my life , that will be good enough for me. Thank you in advance for you cooperation in this matter. You help is deeply appreciated. Sincerly Shawn Holmes

  • Kim

    Hi i am a mom of 4 and i am constanly sick because of my teeth i have 6 teeth that has already chipped out and well to be blunt my teeth are rotting away i am in so much pain that no matter what pain relaver i take it dosent work any more ive tried alot of them and still no help i cant really eat any food with out causing piercing pain in my jaws i have no way of getting dental insurance because i dont have a job just please help me

  • Darrell V. Edwards

    From the articles that I have read, that it seems like a good deal, that I would like to check out. My dental issue is that I have an missing tooth in the front, with the exception of the space that was there before time. I’m now a choir director at my church and just the thought of having a missing tooth really discourage me with the choir, and my self. So please send me all the information on this new and unfound miracle.

  • Anne Maicher

    I was wondering who won this contest.

  • Kristen McCarty

    I need my teeth done so badly i am a sweet person on the inside but since i don’t smile people think i am a mean person but i am not just don’t smile like i used to.

  • Cathy Steele

    I really need to have my teeth fixed. I was in an abusive relationship and have a broken front tooth, cause from this. I want to be able to smile again. I’m working on my 30yr High School Reunion that will be next yr (2010). I’m trying very hard to get this all done, but it’s so expensive. I also have some broken crowns, that were never done right and my teeth are inbedded and required surgery to have them remove. I want to be able to smile again and be happy. I would really appreciate any help you can give me. I don’t have any medical or dental insurance to get this done. I’m very ashamed of the way I look and don’t want to go out with my friends. I want to smile, again. PLEASE HELP ME!

  • Eric E Fields

    What’s up, Docs? I would like to begin by telling you that I have tried taking proper care of my teeth all my life. I have always brushed at least twice a day, and, up until there were too few teeth to bother, flossed daily. Weak teeth have run in my family for generations, however. To compound the genetic predisposition, I was addicted to methamphetamine for a couple of years. Even though I ceased using meth over a decade ago, irrepairable damage was done, and despite all attempts to save them, my teeth continue to disintigrate. My only desire is to be capable of showing the world the joy and love I feel with my smile. I want people to see the me from now. But, I can feel people looking at my gruesome grill, and suspect that many of them judge me by this, possibly thinking that I am still a drug addict. I am a psychology major, and badly desire a career which will require a great deal of public contact…and confidence. But, my self image and the perception of what others think keeps me working in dark back rooms or by myself. For this opportunity, one million thank you’s would not begin to express my gratefulness.

  • Jennifer

    Does anyone know how much dental veneers are? I learned alot about veneers on the Dear Doctor website that sponsors the smile makeover contest. I really would like veneers but have no idea how much dentists charge. I entered the contest so I am hoping for the best! I entered the contest at http://www.deardoctor.com

  • Mary

    All I want to do is smile again. I have insurance but it will not cover all the work I need. I have been a single mother for the last eight years and I work with children. They deserve a smiling face every day. Please help me and them.

  • Yami Perdomo

    Hi i will die for an opportunity like this. I am 31 Years old mother of 3. With pregnancy and the lack of calcium to my body my teeth have deteriorated. I cant hardly eat my front teeth are cracked. I am missing a lot of teeth. I dont even like to speak with people because my breath is really bad. I dont kiss my husband anymore. I always make an excuse and i see my life and family falling apart. I live in a two bedroom home with my husband 3 kids and my father which is disabled. I really cant afford to get any dental work done. I wish i can get help. Everyday i have nightmares that my 2 fron teeth are going to brake. Please help me get a smile on my face and a chance to live a healthy life again. Thank you for reading this post.

    Yami

  • SAMANTHA

    I AM ONLY 29 AND MY TEETH ARE TERRIBLE . I GO THREW PAIN EVERYDAY IT HURTS SO BAD I GETR HEDACHS I NEED THIS MORE THEN ANY THING IN THIS WORLD I AM A MOTHER OF 3 KIDS AND I WANT THEM TO SEE THAT I CAN SMILE AGIAN PLEASE PLEASE HELP ME

  • melissa drews

    I am a 37 year old female whos always been self concious of my teethe.People tell me I’m pretty all the time but I never let them see me smile.All I ever dreamed of is having a pretty smile.I’m not this mean person everybody thinks I am I just know How discusting my teethe are and I will never smile no matter how many times in a day people tell me to.I would give anything to be able to laugh and smile without all the shame I feel for not taking better care of my teethe when I was younger.If any one can help me please let me know!I would be eternally grateful

  • Daveta

    im a 31 yo mother of three im in desprate need of help i was the victim of domestic abuse. my teeth were bad enough to begin with and than they were knocked out i cant laugh or smile and i have had to turn down job offers because i cant smile is there any one out there who can help? please!!

  • Donna

    I am a single mom of 2 – laid off and lost my insurance. I love to laugh and smile but I look terrible. I have no bottom teeth and a bad over bite. I would be a project for any dentist. I would do whatever I could to have my smile fixed.

  • Dawn Peterson

    Please help. I am a 40 yr old single female with severe dental problems. I have my two front teeth but missing the ones on either side of them and a few in the back (all on the top). I have had a partial, or what is call a flipper that was only good for a year. It has now been three years and one of the front teeth have broken off of it. I have had to crazy glue it back on the the flipper. I cannot afford a bridge or implants which is what I was told by my doctor that I needed. I have just been notified that I may be getting laid off in the next month so there goes my dental insurance. I am also dealing with Thyroid cancer which I am having surgery for on May 4th. I just had a hysterectomy 2 yrs ago because of endometreosis. Everything that I have ever wanted in my life seems to have been taken away from me. I wanted to have a baby more than anything and now I will not have that chance to do it naturally. Yes, I can adopt but I want my child to have a father. I cannot meet a good man because I have no self confidence because of my teeth. Now that I have had to crazy glue one back in, it is painful in my mouth after a few hours. I have been trying to save money to have my teeth fixed but now that will be going towards my thyroid surgery. I have been told that I have a beautiful smile. I want that back. I want my confidence back and I want my life to feel complete. Please please help!!

  • laurie

    I need a full mouth reconstruction, i keep putting $ into my mouth, by the time i pay off my dental bill my other teeth need help. I was told the total amount is around $25,000.00. i just paid $5,500 for a 4 ynit bridge. I am 35 and almost toothless! I have had several root can. and crown…just for them to fail. I have heard of dentures that clip in you mouth…I haven’t heard of anyone having these dentures but it does sound good.
    I went to a dentist a few years ago and her told me that it was a shame that i had teeth like that bacuse i was so attractive! Depressing!

  • sheila

    i am so lucky in so many ways , im 55 been married for 39yr. raised two great daughters.my husband&i have worked hard but jobs with no insurance or dental. we have always payed our way threw life.but i was told 6yr. ago i needed 23 thousand in dental work.my husband always says i wish i could do that for you. i would like to win the makeover the ofcourse . but also to take that burdon off him. just dont think we can get ahead to ever afford .it would be great to smile at him like i did when i met him at age 16!!!

  • lacie

    I really would love this makeover I have had so much dental work done but not the main thing that i want so much. I have a major crouded mouth witch makes my two front teeth very crouded.I also have a missing tooth due to not taking care of them. Ever since I was a little girl i have always wanted to have straght teeth. My little sister got them done but my parents didnt have enough to do mine. Please let me have the smile i have always wanted!

  • kenneth duncan

    I am in such desperate need of major dental work. I am afraid if it’s not done soon, it will affect my health. I spend alot of time in excruciating pain. I have recently lost my job due to our company shutting down and do not have the resources to pay for my much needed dental work. I would love to have a smile without being self conscience about it. Please help me.

  • Cathy W

    I’m a single mother who has raised both boys on my own, needless to say I don’t have the money to fix my
    teeth or to get braces for my son who desperately needs them. If someone can direct me to a dental school or dentists in my area that can help me I would greatly appreciate it. From reading some of the other stories I see that there are people that are alot worse than me. So any help that you can give me would mean the world to me.

  • Shelia

    I’m a 43 year old Mother of 3 and 2 i call my own.I have severe dental problems.Four years ago my teeth where beutifull & i loved my smile then before i knew it they started rotting away lifting at the gums.I have no insurance & have met the man of my dreames and we have been togeather now for a year & 4 months 7 his teeth are so perfect.Any way’s we are getting married soon but i am scared that as fast as they are rotting my wedding pictures wont be so happy.Please help me.I’m so embaressed of my smile.God Bless!

  • debbie bickers

    approx 22 years ago, I had a terrible auto accident. Was hit in the side of my car by a reckless driver. This broke my neck and damaged my teeth which were capped and last month my caps fell off and I do not have the money as I work at a school helping handicap childern with minimum wages and have a 12 year old son. I am a single mother and the children are even bothered with this. Thank you

  • Kywana Roberts

    I’m a soon to be 40 yr old with no type of insurance. I have a tooth that is turned sideways in my gums that never came down when I was younger which leaves a space where a tooth shoud be , now years later that tooth in my gums is on the move and causing the tooth next to it to be pushed sideways which causes my mouth major pain. The pain is so painfull at times that I take goody powder medicine and rub it on the missing tooth area to relieve some of the pain but that only last so long then the pain starts all over again. I’m at my wit end PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN .

  • jessica miller

    I am only 21 years old and my teeth are horrible. As a child my parents could not afford dental insurance so I lacked the proper care. I am a full time student and i also work full time and it would mean the world to me to be able to smile. Thank you for you time!

  • Nick Rickman

    I am 30 years old single divorced man suffering for the last couple of years to the point it has affected my health and self esteem and confidence. I want to be able to smile again and not hide my teeth from others and being judged for that.

  • adrienne mcnally

    i am 23 years old and i have a bad cavity on my front tooth and it moved to the next tooth on my left side its just a big hole in the back the last dentist that did my teeth when i was 14 he only put a temperery feeling because i didnt have insurance he said to cover the costs my temporery feeling fell out within 8 months so my two teeth are hollow and im afraid there going to break i need major work done. please please help me

  • JUANITA POPE

    I hope this site can help me I have been in the military for years either active duty, reserves and now National Guards, I went to every dentist here in South Carolina, My last Dr. Larry Ferguson told me I have to have 6 extractions and two bridge done and the cost $9,000.00 and I can pay a bill like this over time but none not one doctor would this this I spend all my years servicing my country only to find out not even the military or a good dentist will help with this I hope by winning this contest some one could.

  • Nick Rickman

    I would love to have the opportunity to have my teeth restored..I am tired of countless times of going to the hospital because of abcessed teeth and gum discomfort. my self esteem has fallen and my smile is no more.

  • GUSTAVO ORTIZ

    my only dream is to have a beautiful smile but it is too expesive for me and i have tried so hard to find help I only wish i can be helped here .my life i gonna change forever with a new smile. thank you and god bless you all and cogratulations to the chosen one.good luck everyone.including me.

  • SandraR

    PLEASE HELP ME. I havent smiled in years and although I know my kids love me I know their embarressed about letting any of their friend see me because my teeth are in terrible need of fixing. I don’t speak to anyone and have gained so much weight because I’m so depressed. Please help me I even stop going to church. I want to be a part of my kids social life and I want to actually smile at my job or smile with my kids and I’m tired of crying everyday. Please help me and my kids. thank you.

  • arnold

    Thanks for taking the time to listen. Because of my ignorant i neglected to give proper maintain on my dental hygiene, my mouth is in such a bad condition that i am afraid to talk to people and forget about smiling. they are missing,yellowish,decayed and the worse part is i can’t afford to even pay a low budget clinc fee and i work part time. I sincerly pray that God will grant me this this one miracle by touching adentist to help me. I am getting depressed over this matter ,but i am keeping my faith. Will you help me?

  • pedro carias

    I WAS BORN IN GUATEMALA CITY WITH A CLEFT LIP WHEN I WAS 5 OR 6 MONTHS THEY TOOK ME TO CANADA TO CLOSE MY LIP BUT AS I GREW MY TEETH DID NOT COME OUT RIGHT I HAVE TEETH COMNG OUT OF MY PALLET AND EVERYWHERE ELSE I HAVE NO INSURANCE AND WHAT THEY TOLD ME IS THAT THEEY ARE TAKING SOME BONE OFF MY BOTOM TO RECONSTRUCT MY CHIN AND MOUTH PLEASE IF SOMEONE CAN HELP ME

  • Charles Feldscher

    I am a 48 year old recovering meth addict . my teeth are in bad shape and starting to hurt. I do not have the money to fix my teeth and I have been looking for some program that can help me with my teeth. I have not been able to smile for years. It is hard to eat some times due to the pain. Is their any one that can help me with getting my teeth fixed ?

  • diane cox

    I am a 34 year old woman with two girls. i really need help with my teeth. i have alot of plaque at the bottom of my teeth and between them. sometimes i wake up in the mornings i have a bad taste in my mouth. plus i have cavties to. i am unemployed right now cant afford any dental ins. i think i also have gum diease. please can sombody help me. i am depressed cause of it. i cant talk to people because i have bad breath sometimes. thank you .

  • lauren

    Hi i am 22 years old. i am married to the most hard working man in the world and have a wonderful baby girl and stepson. I have the worst dental problems i have all four of my wisdom teeth and the tend to swell and get infected about every two months i also have a cracked front tooth and one of my kanines that failed to come in when it was supposed to grew in in the roof of my mouth and it is very painful it has caused me to have a big bump on my tongue. i also have one tooth that is turned sideways and its in the front. i have struggled with my ugly teeth my whole life and its really embarrasing my parents couldnt afford it and with two kids of my own and my husbands bankruptcy we cant now either… if you can help in any way i would be very grateful. i have never had pretty teeth and i would like to one day make my husband and my children proud to have a pretty mommy…. i’m tired of smiling with my lips closed and always feeling like people are staring at my mouth please help

  • Tracy Chavez

    I am asking for help with my health and my teeth. I was injured at work 4 years ago, had surgery for my his injury, I got fibroglymia due to stress and surgery. After that was diagnosed my employer fired me. My teeth have just fallen apart, can’t eat, really worried about my heart and health. Most importantly don’t want to leave my 5 without their mother. Please let me know me any way to get help with my problem. We live in the United States there should be some kind of programs to help those in need. Do you feed your family, keep a roof over their head, or fix your teeth. Of course the later waits but never will happen without a miracle.
    Thank You
    Tracy Chavez

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  • EVELYN WALTON

    I CAN GIVE YOU A LONG SAD STORY OR I CAN JUST SMILE AT YOU .PLEASE CHOOSE ME FOR THIS GREAT OPP. I WILL BE SO GREATFUL FOR THIS IF YOU CAN HELP ME . IT’S REALLY BAD WHEN THE FAMILY KIDS ARE AROUND AND THEY ASK YOU WHAT HAPPEN TO YOUR TEETH, AND IT REALLY HURTS TO HEAR ANYONE ASK. AM 25 WITH THE SMILE OF A 50 YEAR OLD MAN THAT HAS SMOKED ALL HIS LIFE. PLEASE PLEASE HELP. THANK YOU EVE

  • steve wood

    been a single parent for 17 years and i have neglected my teeth because i have not had insurance.i have soft teeth that break easily, im afraid to eat things like corn on the cob because i might lose another tooth.i want to be able to smile again and it might help when im looking for a job, so if you can help me it would be greatly appreciated

  • Aqua Groves

    I’m a 31 year old single mother of 2 beautiful children. I have one dream that will change my life and that is to be able to smile and laugh without being in the dark or with my hand over my mouth. I would be so grateful to have a dental makeover. I also would be honored to be in the magazine. Thank You

  • Robin Scott

    I would love the chance to smile.

  • jerome b williams

    I am a 39 year old who is a father of 5 and i would like to be able to laugh and smile with them but I’m ashamed of my smile.maybe this will also help me at job interviews.

  • Amanda

    I am 29yrs.old.I am married and have two children.I am a happy person but I cant show it all the time because I am ashamed of my smile.It would change my life to win.

  • dnadinebrown@yahoo.c

    i am 36yrs.old and a child i am a very happy person i am single a nice person i realy need some help with my teeth please

  • crystal hall

    my mom is a very special and very pretty lady whos teeth is in real desperate need please help her she gets so ashame to smile or go out anywhere all her life shes taken care of us and even outsiders that needed help but shes never had the finance to get her teeth fixed.she has done so much for others it makes me so sad that she no longer smiles or go out anymore shes 52 years young but she looks so young but with her teeth messed up itv messes her appearance up so much.please help her or my mom will never smile again. god bless you

  • Abigail A Spikes

    If I received this once in a lifetime chance I will not have so many horrible toothaches and will be able to chew and enjoy food with my family and friends. It will also help the digestion of my food therefore relieving my stomach pains and problems that are occurring due to not being able to chew my food fully for having missing teeth and teeth that are on the process of decaying. My teeth started to decay during my pregnancy with my little girl Mackenzie and they still seem to be on a path of destruction. I am a 27 Years old I am a proud US Infantry military wife stationed at Fort Drum New York with one precious, amazing little girl. My husband deploys to Afghanistan for a 12 month tour October 2009. Money is very tight in our household, the ARMY is not one of the best paying jobs to begin with but we always seem to make it. I have United Concordia for my dental insurance through the military and it will only pay $1,319.00 which is good but not enough in my case due to the extensive work that needs to be done totaling $4601.00 out of pocket. It puts much added stress on me and my family to have toothaches constantly and stomach aches and believe me the US ARMY is AWESOME but you have to be a strong woman and or man to survive in the field and survive within your home life. I feel that it would greatly benefit me medically, mentally and also my family. To be able to have the finances to have this done would be a prayer answered from God and it would also be a huge relief off of me while my husband is gone to Afghanistan, because he helps out all the time with our little girl when I am having numerous toothaches every month and I know that it will be much harder to be the mother that I am when I am undergoing so much stress due to being in constant pain and having to fulfill the duties of a mother and father. Please consider me as a candidate for this grant; it will be a huge blessing to me and my family.

  • Samantha Tingley

    Over the yrears I have had so much work done to my teeth its unreal. I was told at a young age I had something called wash away theet basicly. I thought and thought about this and still to this day not understand this but its basicly what its called wash away teeth. After time Im sure as most of you know it adds up till one day you just have no more funding for it. Over the past 5 yrs I have lived this this and try very hard to smile everyday and most days I have to force myself considering all my teeth in my mouth are broke or missing. I was told it would cost around $6000 out of pocket to have everything pulled and pretty dentures ones that most people cant tell they are to be put in. It would be a blessing to have won this and have this done because I would be able to smile and mean it.

  • Candace Reese

    Having my teeth fixed would be like a dream come true for me. I’ve searched all over the internet trying to find a doctor in my area that wouldn’t charge me an arm and a leg to have all of my problems corrected, but so far, I’ve come up with nothing. I have so much work that needs to be done. I was involved in a really bad car accident that left the front of one of my teeth chipped. This has caused my confidence to almost dissapear. I’m always worried that when I go out in public that people are going to stare at my tooth and wonder what happened to me. Most of the time when I talk to people now, I turn my head away from them so that they can’t see my chipped tooth. And whenever I laugh, I always make sure to cover my mouth. It’s all very embarrasing really. But on top of that problem, I also have a cavity that needs to be removed. It’s very painful, and because I have it, I can only chew on one side of my mouth. One of our local dentists sent out promotional flyers for new patients to come in and have x-rays done for half price. I was both shocked and very dissapointed to find out that there are a lot of other things that need to be corrected, things that I can’t afford. If I am picked to be one of the lucky participates for this gift, it would mean so much to me. This would help me in more ways than you know.

  • gloricel

    I am a 24 years old mother of a beautiful 2 1/2 years old son who make me happy my only reazon to live but my all life I have a big frustration my teeth since I remember I have to get my teeth fixed it make me feel so unhappy and ugly I can’t smile I have a open bite sometimes I can’t eat I know im a beautiful girl but I will never going to have a smile I hope somebody open it heart and help me I need my selfsteem back thank you

  • Marsha

    Oh my God!!! The stories I just read about peoples teeth. I thought I was the only one with this serious medical condition that requires plastic surgery money. My mouth is a combination of all the stories from missing teeth to uncertainty about putting food in my mouth to swallowing it whole. To not wanting to smile and constantly putting my hand in front of my mouth when I have no other choice to laugh or smile( when I see my son). Throughout the years I tryed my best to take care of my teeth to the best of my ability and from what I was taught as youngster moved to my adult hood about teeth. I want a health mouth and all my teeth. Every single visit I had with a dentist they hurt me and the pain was just unbearable and mentally it played a major role in my life about going back. I couldn’t never understand why they hurt me. If this offer was granted to me I would be very grateful not just because my smile would be upright, but that I would finally be educated on the importance of a healthy mounth and teeth. Also, just maybe my fears would be at rest. When I look in the mirror and really smile I could see me with no shame. This opportunity some would say is a once in a lifetime, but it is for those who dont have the means to correct basic things that we all need. In closing of this request and story of my mouth I ask if you would please consider me as a willing, face your fear candidate. Thank you

    PS. Thank you for offering such a valuable(mental)service to all of those who need this so badly.

  • DELECIA LYNCH

    PLEASE HELP ME!! MY TEETH ARE SO BAD I MAINLY EAT SOLID FOODS, I’M ALWAYS TAKING SOME KIND OF PAIN KILLERS AND MY SELF-ESTEEM IS BELOW AVERAGE.

  • Deborah McGinness

    I am a single mother who lost all hope of never finding love again because, most women my age seem to have a beautiful smile. I have an embarressing smile and so I never smile or show my teeth. It’s completely ruin my self image and hope of ever finding love again. I am lonely, I don’t date. I’ve tried the dating scene before and I am never asked out again because once they see my teeth I get the ugly glare, my face turns red and I am completely mortified. I am a working mother but I do not have medical or dental benifits. I have a disasterious mouth. Lots of missing teeth and losing more. I am depressed all the time because of it and I get migranes from the infection in my mouth. I would find it a complete miracle of I was selected amoung all the contestants. Although I wish all of us that entered was given the chance to win, I would be over joyed beyond words if I won! Good luck to all of you !!

  • Stephanie Reed

    My name is Stephanie Reed, I am a 20 years old. I am in need of serious dental care…My whole life people have made fun of my teeth, and I believe it holds me back from getting a decent job. My parents always promised me that they would have my teeth fixed, but it turned out that they cared more about alcohol and their social lives..I also feel it holds me back socially, and when trying to date..Im afraid my teeth will stop me from finding true love. I want to move on with my life and feel confident with my smile, and be able to open my mouth to laugh and show a grin…If i win this it would be a dream come true! I pray and dream that one day my teeth will be beautiful and not a flaw. People always tell me” your so beautiful, you just need to have yur teeth fixed” It really hurts me deep inside and I want my mouth to be as pretty as the rest of my body and soul. Please consider me, and good luck to others in need.

  • Chaella

    Hi! my name is chaella I’m a mother of two, 37 yrs old, i have a problem with my teeth. They are decayed, they break at times and i dont know what to do have tried dentists but the amount they charge me i simply cannot afford it. I only have a few teeth left as they break,this is happening so quickly, i can’t smile anymore, I’m afraid to go out or meet people because it is difficult for me to communicate with other people , right now one of my front teeth has a crack. I’m afraid it can break anytime…
    please come to my rescue…

  • Violet

    I have no confedance in myself can’t smile because of missing teeth.Please HELP me.

  • sirena garner

    unemployed can’T AFFORD IT.

  • ida connolley

    hope i could win my teeth are bad i need help i dream of new teeth every nite im sad i dont like to go any where cause of my smile

  • Latasha Sloan

    im a 34 year old mother of four that cannot afford to get my teeth fixed;i have teeth that need to be removed and just would like my teeth fixed to avoid health issues i clean my teeth but they still have so many problems

  • art

    sign me up!!! I need lots of help, could be a “9″ instead of a “4″.

  • Katherine

    My dentist says my (what is left of it) tooth is loosening – and it is infected. It is a cap over a sliver of a tooth to the left top side of my mouth. My smile/teeth are the most important nice first impression I give. I am on disability and can’t afford it. What do I do? They say “payment plan” HUH…

  • Clinton Curtsinger

    I’m a 33 year old man who is the process of divorce, so far I have lost everything. I can’t find work the way I used to and alot of it has to do w/ my appearance. I am missing a front tooth, and one or two more that are decaying. I know if I could get them fixed, I could be more confident and it would help me to rebuild my life, and therefore insure a brighter future for my son Alex. Because he deserves good future, it’s not about me, it’s all for him. I want to make sure he doesn’t want or need for anything! Someone, anyone, please help me with my teeth!

  • Tyrinda Clark

    I just really hate myself because of my Teeth.

  • joan forman

    my teeth had all been filled in the front and all the fillings fell out leaving me with a bunch of holes, i never smile only grins my 2 sons got married and asked me why a don’t smile in their pictures , this would truly be a dream come true. i am 60 years old and this would be great. dental insurance offers hardly anything for work on my teeth so its not worth the effort because i can’t afford to pay the difference. thank you

  • Sarah Phipps

    I am in a really bad sittuation, I feel the only way to get this fixed is to contact you for help. I am 34 years old and have very little teeth left (just the front teeth), the teeth that are left are broken-decaying-temporary. My anxiety is so bad just thinking of the dentist. as a child my mother never took me to the dentist, and now my husband is un-employed with no health insurance for us. while visiting my parents out of state this week, my front tooth broke and feel out, they made an emergancy dentist apt for me that night, I had to take my anxiety pills just to go, they only were able to put a “flipper” in place just till I can get money to fix it, but that will be a while. I am a very personable person, and love to talk and smile, but over the years I have become isolated in my own world, due to bad teeth and afraid that others will see them if I smile or talk. I am starting my familes business as a sales rep here in the midwest, but I know I will not be the same person that will “whoo” others with my customer skills due to being afraid to smile and talk. I am scared, I am in pain everyday and have to eat only soft food. My sex life with my husband has gone way down due to feeling less of a person from my bad teeth. I am asking for some help from you, Please! I would do anything for new teeth. Thank You. Sarah Phipps

  • Elizabeth Whelan

    Please help me, I have looked after my teeth my whole life, braces, lead removed, cleaned twice a year, and now they tell me i should have the top teeth capped. My smile is so important to me as I don’t want false teeth. I cannot not afford after spending thousands on my teeth to get more work done and would dearly love to hae nice teeth. Please help me I have dreamed of this for ever. Thank you in advance. I am an attractive woman with very good skin and high cheekbones and I don’t WANT but I NEDD white teeth.

  • Steve Bell

    I am genetically predisposed to have bad teeth. They are loose and falling out regularly.I have had them break,discolor and are painful when I bite into any food that is solid. Because I can’t eat a balanced diet,it is affecting my health. Although my kids don’t say anything about my appearance, I can tell they wonder why I don’t smile like I used to. I work with the public and find myself subconciously hiding my upper teeth when I speak. Any help I can get to fix my problem would be wonderful. I have had professional exams and have been told the cost would be quite substantial to restore my mouth.I am on a fixed income subsidized by a part time job and will never be able to afford the care I desperately need.

  • Norm Seiff

    The military dentist did a job on my teeth in boot camp originally; but, since aging and disease have really finished the job. I really need to win this!

  • Ron Boerjan

    I am writing in for my wife who desperately needs help with most of her teeth. We have put off getting her teeth for too long, usually due to bills and raising our family. My wife needs extensive dental work done to her teeth which from what I’m seeing quotes from around our area are anywhere between 15,000-23,000. I love my wife very much and she deserves to have teeth that don’t always hurt when she eats or don’t fall apart when she eats, she never complains about them, but I know they give her problems all the time. If I had the money to get the work done it would have been done already, my wife works very hard raising our family while I’m on the road working each week and she deserves to have a beautiful smile and I wish I could provide it for her, so if you can please help, and if not thanks for listening and god bless.

  • felecia love

    i have always wanted my teeth fixed my medicade wont even cover cleaning’s no matter howe much i brush or flose my teeth just keep giving away im only 23 i dont want people to continue to think im 30 becuase of my teeth .

  • Tonya

    I am a wife and mother of 3. I had weight loss surgery in May 2009. Although I am regaining my self esteem, I rarely smile. My teeth are yellow and decaying due to smoking and gastric reflux. I have taken care of my teeth with regular dental vistis. However, the cost of dental procedures is outrageous even with dental insurance. I continue to practice good oral hygene. I really need help!! I have more energy with my weight loss, but have been told I never smile and seem happy. This is not what I want to hear. Please help me, so I can express myself through a beautiful smile!

  • Kenneth Condrey

    I have had bad teeth for as long as I can remember. I have school pictures where I’m smiling real big, showing off my pearly blacks. Over the years the smiles became more and more closed lipped. Now I’m 33 and hardley have any of my teeth left. I have 5 crooked ones on the bottom that are pushing the 2 big front ones foward. One of the big ones is half eaten by decay. I’m not sure how much longer they will hold out. I would love to be able to smile without that little voice in my head always nagging me “hey, don’t let them see your pirate teeth.” Thanks you very much for this chance.God bless.

  • Amber Quinn

    My mouth has been hurting for years. I had an accident, where I fainted and I landed straight on my lower jaw. My lower rammed up into my upper jaw and broke several teeth. Unfortunatly I am poor and cannot afford an oral surgeon. I have three children on a house cleaner income. I am in pain constantly. My diet mainly consumes cigarettes and liquids, for it hurts to drink. My problem is not a beautiful smile just constant pain. Please help me! Amber

  • Emily

    My name is Emily, an ordinary mom from Boston, MA I discovered a clever trick to get a celebrity smile for less than $4.
    Read my story here: My Story

  • Oscar cotton

    Please help me, due to our family genepool,we have really bad teeth,no matter how much we brush and floss,our teeth just don’t get better in fact they get worse as we grow older. When I entered the military when I was 18 they started to try and get my teeth to where they were I could at least smile without being embaressed. That was ok for awhile,but then it all started to fall apart because the family gene took over and continued on it’s destructive path. I’m 49 years old now and I have missing teeth, holes in my remaining teeth when I smile you can see from one side of my mouth to the other as if you were looking through the back door to the front door of someone’s house. I can’t digest my food properly because I can’t chew my food properly. My gums are sore all of the time. But the most devestating thing is my selfe esteem is so low that I don’t laugh or smile a lot,and when I do I have to cover my mouth or lower my head. It’s frustrating to not be able to talk to people when you know that the first thing they see is my ugly teeth. I went to a job interview after applying for a customer service job, i thought everything went well with the interview…they never called me back, I found out later it was because of my smile, they didn’t want a person with ugly teeth greeting customers(can’t blame them). I used to attempt to date but after awhile I just gave up because even though I’m a good looking guy as soon as I open my mouth the date was pretty much over. I have a wonderful girlfriend now that doesn’t care about my teeth but I want to get my teeth fixed so that she will not be ashamed of me when we go out in public. I have thought about trying to get my teeth fixed but it’s just too expensive, I’m a layed off boatbuilder and I just can’t afford to pay the dental costs(not that I could when I was working). I was saving up money to get my teeth fixed, but being without a job for over a year it’s all gone now as was the hope of getting a better life. Please help me get my life back. Yes I want a beautiful smile but the main reason is that I want to be able to eat my food correctly and be able to digest my food so that I can be in the best health possible. Please help me.

  • Raizalee

    I’m unhappy with my smile because everyone laughs at me and makes jokes out of it , in picture’s i wana be able to show my teeth express the way i feel and feel confident and beautiful i see all my friends smileing with preety teeth and laughing with cute guys and having all this guys all because of there smile . i’ve been always bullied because of my smile and i always cry , i’m tired of people making fun of me i wana be beautiful , wana have the best smile and not cover my teeth when i laugh .
    The physical appearance of my life has really affected all my life years , now i’m in high school and i can’t even get one guy to like me or make fun of me .
    all girls just bully me and i’m tired of it .
    they have all this jokes when they see me , i just wana have a good smile and have a guy that like me for me and they wont go up to him saying that his girlfriend has ugly teeth and tell him all the jokes about me .

    If i receice the “Extreme Smile Makeover” , my life would be change in so many ways .
    people would stop making fun of me they would stop bulling me , and i would find true love .
    i would be so greatfull to god , and would stop crying everyday for what they say and do to me .
    pleaseee Extreme MakeOver , help me .
    i pray to god for you guys to read my letter and feel the pain that i feel .
    thank you .

  • Sarah

    Please help my mom. She is 41 and looks young and has a nice body, but never smiles due to her teeth. She is missing two that were pulled and all of them are filled with the old fashioned silver fillings. She had a tooth severly blackened (next to the tooth that was pulled on the side) from the silver filling and it has literally fallen apart to the point where it’s a tiny piece of a tooth. She mentioned she would love to get her teeth done, but she has no insurance and doesn’t make a lot of money. Please help so she can finally smile!!! I hate seeings her teeth deterorate like this; it can ruin her health. This would be a perfect Christmas gift.
    Please help!

    Sarah

  • steve

    its crazy how having bad teeth can effect your live so much it changes you into a person with no confidence or drive a person that your not, i know my life will not be good again until i get them fixed, i pray every day for this.

  • Eric Eddings

    Please help me get a pretty smile.

  • maleia

    Please help me fix my teeth. It has gone to the point that it is very difficult to eat or smile.I think a lot of my health issue are related to my teeth but without insurance finding this out is impossible. I am 26 years old and I have two small children and no insurance so to do this by myself would be impossible.

  • WANDA

    help please…….please help me smile again. I HAVE TOO MANY DENTAL PROBLEMS TO MENTION.

  • Sonya Ponder

    To Whom This Matter May Concern, I’m a 33 year old female, with four beautiful little girls, three biological and one by marriage. i’ have had dental problems for years now, from time to time I get bad tooth aches, I have like about 9 teeth that are missingfrom my mouth, I would realyy honor and appreciate it if I can get the help needed for my mouth. I also have a missing tooth in the front of my mouth and next to it, is a rotten tooth, my mouth has a bad odor to it. I have to always chew gum. It is so embarrasing to me when my own children laugh at my mouth. I don’t like kissing my husband because of the smell. I can’t afford the work that needs to be done to my mouth. If you help me with my teeth, Iwould firstproudly thank you and God for answering my prayers, then show my children my new teeth and give my husband the kiss he’s been longing for.

  • Christina

    Hi, name is Christina 26 years old. I have had bad teeth since I was very young. I have been made fun of soo many times in my life, and it hasn’t stopped. My mother said i was too ugly that no one would want me, I was abused, and have a very lack of self esteem. This is a major problem in my life. I don’t go outside cause i know people will me talking about me, or laughing at me. When i do go out i hate it, cause people make me feel like a circus freak.I truly think having bad teeth has always kept me from doing the things i want to do. I can’t afford to fix them, which only causes me to feel more ashamed of myself. I truly don’t know where else to turn, this is ruining my life. I feel like crap all the time, i became an emotional eater because of my bad teeth. Please help me.

  • Christina

    Hi, name is Christina 26 years old. I have had bad teeth since I was very young. I have been made fun of soo many times in my life, and it hasn’t stopped. My mother said i was too ugly that no one would want me, I was abused, and have a very lack of self esteem. This is a major problem in my life. I don’t go outside cause i know people will me talking about me, or laughing at me. When i do go out i hate it, cause people make me feel like a circus freak.I truly think having bad teeth has always kept me from doing the things i want to do. I can’t afford to fix them, which only causes me to feel more ashamed of myself. I truly don’t know where else to turn, this is ruining my life. I feel like crap all the time, i became an emotional eater because of my bad teeth. Please help me.
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  • april huff

    i am a mother of 2 and i went tru a bad divorce and custody battle. i am 37 ys old a diabetic and i am loosing my teeth, i lost my insurance and health care in my divorce, have no way to pay for the amount of monies it would cost to fix my teeth. i am affraid that my teeth will kill me. doctor told me that the amount of repair i need if not done will make me have heart problems and make my diabeties worse. please help me. i dont care if they pull them all out i just want to be in good health. i have had bad teeth my whole life. my parents didnt have the money to fix them either.

  • LEROLYN ADAMS

    I LOST MY JOB THREE YEARS AGO AND IN THOSE THREE YEARS I HAVE LOST EVERYTHING, MY CAR AND NO JOB WITH BENEFITS. I CAN ONLY FIND PART TIME WORK. I HAVE TWO TEENAGERS AND WE CAN NOT BUY CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR MY CHILDREN. MY FILLINGS ARE FALLING OUT, MY TEETH ARE BROKEN, MY CAPS NEED TO BE REPLACED. MY MOUTH IS A MESS AND MY GUMS NEED TREATMENT. MY HUSBAND IS RETIRED AND HE CAN NOT PAY FOR THE TEETH TO BE REPAIRED. I WOULD MODEL AND TALK ABOUT HELP. I NEED DENTAL HELP FAST. I WORK 12 HOURS PER WEEK THAT ONLY PAYS FOR FOOD AND TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM WORK AND MY CHILDREN TO GET TO SCHOOL. I CAN NOT EAT MANY FOODS BECAUSE I CAN NOT CHEW THE FOOD.

  • sarah denzer

    hi im currently 21 years alod and over half of my teeth are either to my gum line or gone.i have been in and out of the dentist since ive been 11 yrs old.. from cavaties to extractions..and alot of abceses..it is genetic.no matter how good i take care of my teeth they are rotting fome the inside out..and slowly but surely the are breaking away.. i cry so many nights and for so many years because of the pain and every time i try to go to a dentist i cant afford it they tell me if i dont get something done soon my jaw line will sink in from no support from havin barely any back teeth anymore.i dont even want to smile im to embarressed to show my teeth and im very afraid that in another couple yrs i wont have any teeth. well thank you for listening..and i pray that you might be able to help me..

  • Dave P

    Well Can you help me out I m unemployed and the type of work I do is B2B sales ad with missing alot of teeth on the bottom I don’t smile much I am single and don’t want to date because of my teeth I would like to get implants or even lower denture but all I know is it would b great if you could help me smile again I would always remember you for ever for giving me my smile back.because they have been this way for over 10 years so please give me back my smile I have upper dentures but would like upper and lower implants so please help me
    Thank you
    Dave P

  • Teresa B

    Hi, My name is Teresa I am a single mother of three I work in a retail store that doesnt give option of insurance I have really bad teeth and a missing front tooth and cavities litterally every other tooth I have I dont ask for pity I just ask for help for my health and appearance even information on dental plans that affodable for a single mother of 3 that makes minimum wage where I can make payment plans with little to no down.It’s hard to find a dentist that will do that woth no insurance at all plz help!! Thank You.

  • angie

    i’m 33 I have dentures on top and the dentist told me my gums were shrinking very bad and I need to get implants some how. please help me i don’t want to be 40 with no teeth.also my jaw locks all the time and he said its to do with my dentures. I ask again please help me.

  • angie

    i’m 33 I have dentures on top and the dentist told me my gums were shrinking very bad and I need to get implants some how. please help me i don’t want to be 40 with no teeth.also my jaw locks all the time and he said its to do with my dentures. I ask again please help me.I’m not really concerned about the color of my teeth. I care about being able to eat without my teeth hurting.

  • lillie m aguilar

    i feel for all these people i am in the same boat with a lot of them.i am glad i read some of the commets.i always feel like im the only one with very bad teeth and have no hope of getting them fix. thank you

  • lynne sachs

    I have a special needs brother who is bed ridden. He requests 24/7 care. There is a gentlemen who works during the day then stays with my brother at night. He is all there doing whatever it takes. The problem is he is in need of major dental care. He needs to have 18-20 removed because they are so bad. He works at Walmart and has dental coverage. The problem is the cost after insurance is still $3460.00 to remove the teeth and get dentures. This guy will never have this kind of money. I would give it to him if I could. He takes such good care of brother I want to help him. Will you please consider him in your give away? Thank you for your time.

  • imelda gamata

    hi my name is imelda,i’ve been working as a nanny only and i really badly need help to fixed my teeth..please help me..thank you

  • Jim Utter

    As a young man I never smiled very much. My teeth were always clean, but not very white and straight. Threw out the years, time has taken its toll. My teeth are really starting to bother me. Dentures or implants. Whatever I can afford. Iam 46 years old now. It would be a dream come true to have that great smile I always wanted but never had. I have not been with my kids for 20 years and we have all agreed to meet in the near future. They remember me not a terrific smile.Help me please.

  • Nancy

    Im a 50 year old mother of 5 and a grandmother of 11 who has spent my ife caring for and raising not only my own chidren but most of thier chidren to for the most part and ive loved every minute of it all to except for the parts like lossing our home and everything that we owned to a fire and finding out that i now to have cancer that i have to fight and beat that has weakend and made my teeth go bad and left me in pain all the time with them now as i can not aford to go to a denist to have them fixed as i am unable to work now and what money i am able to get doesnt even cover let alone pay my bills right now or allow me to suport my family and thier needs and is why im now entering and trully hopeing and praying that i will win this contest and at least be pain free and smileing again mouth wise anyways which will help give me courage to fight and under the rest that i most under go now and one posative thing leads to more posative things happening and i trully need a good and posative thing to happen to me and in my life right now! So thank you to you all who have read this and for the chance to enter and win this contest to i hope and may god bless you all and good luck to everyone! Sincerly Nancy

  • Sandrah W.

    No more pain or upset stomach from over the counter pain pills no more walking the floor nights while everyone else is sleeping no more bad breath no more felling sick from infections. That is what this make over would mean to me. And no more worry about the build up of plaque in my arteries, I read that on the internet. I’ll be able to smile smile smile.

  • barbara sellers

    i really would love to win this contest because i really do need to get my teeth fixed really bad but i can not aford to do so. My teeth are really bad and i really need all of the help ican get to fix my teeth. please help. god bless anyone who offers to help me with this problem.

  • Eva Villarreal

    I am a twin My mother had three sets of twins and eight singles, the Dentist said that because of that I had a deformality,the left side, teeth no# I guess it would be 9,8,7,6,5 are smaller than the other ones and now I’m needing crowns each one is costing me $800, a piece so I hope that you will be able to help me , at this time I work at public place, thank you !

  • neistrong

    I was laid off for a year now and it has been such a struggle. I am a divorced mom and raised my daughter alone! With God’s help, I think I did a good job. However, i neglected to take care of myself. I am missing several teeth. If I had all of my teeth it would help me get a job and make friends. No one, i feel, wants to hire a toothless woman. I am really smart and have a college degree but my appearance is holding me back. Please help me if you can.

  • Ski

    I am a veteran and have had difficulty finding a procedure or dentist that would help replace both sets of upper & lower teeth due to an incident while serving in the military. I have 3 1/2 teeth top & 4 bottom. I would just like an opportunity to smile again. I am a discarded vet with a low paying job and have no other means of existance. I would be happy if chosen, however, I am not a mother of anyone unless my former 250+ soldiers can be counted.

  • j

    Ever since I can recall I felt the same way the most of you have. Its so hard having a gap between your front teeth and your teeth so short from years and years of grinding them. Always wondering as a child why me, why do they make fun of me. Then you hit adulthood and they still make comments and you start relize the rest of your teeth starting to break apart before your eyes and only 25. I fear I’ll never have some because my teeth scare them off. Tears I need help!!!

  • LINDA FLORES

    I REALLY AM IN NEED FOR A DENTAL MAKEOVER. I AM FORTY YEARS OLD AND HAVE NO INSURANCE. MY TEETH HAVE STARTED TO DECAY WHICH IS BECOMING VERY PAINFUL.WHEN I SMILE I COVER MY MOUTH BECAUSE ONE OF MY TEETH IN FRONT OF MY MOUTH IS MISSING. MY TEETH ARE VERY SENISTIVE TO HOT AND COLD. ITS BECOMING HARDER FOR ME TO EAT SOLID FOODS DUE TO FOOD STAYING STUCK IN THE DECAY AND CAUSE PAIN. MY JAW IS ALSO BEGINING TO LOCK AND POPS WHEN I OPEN MY MOUTH. I HAVE STARTED USING A STRAW TO DRINK MY TEA, BECAUSE MY TEETH HURT IF I DRINK OUT THE CUP. MY EATING UTENSILS HAVE TO BE PLASTIC, METAL UTENSIL STRICK PAIN TO MY NERVES. I’VE TRIED USING EVERYTHING FROM TEMPORARY FILL INS TO NUMMING MEDICINE. I PRESENTLY AM TAKING PAIN PILLS AND LIQUID MEDICINE ON A DAILY BASIS TO HELP WITH THE PAIN.

  • Kevin

    A’m a native american.And i have bad teeth.I need some help.??

  • Lonnie

    Everyone is saying they just wonna smile again, I just wonna smile for the first time! I have had tetracycline stains all of my life and would love to get veneers!

  • Foxhound28

    I’ve tried out for that contest ever since it started and it’s never happened for me. I’m only 29 but I need a complete reconstruction of my mouth–bone grafts, skin grafts, gum grafts, implants, extractions, and countless other procedures. I’ve already lost seven or eight teeth. I never smile because people always tell me negative things about my mouth. I can’t even eat because the teeth that I do have left are loose and the pain that I’m constantly in, is unbearable. The worst part of this entire thing is that I had a great dentist who knew that I didn’t have the money to pay for services and he knew how much pain I was in because I’d end up shaking and in tears every time I saw him. It’s so bad that he had to give me a lot of injections to numb the pain–even if it was for a simple cleaning. He felt bad for me and told me not to worry anymore, that he was going to talk to some dentist friends of his and that they were going to redo my entire mouth for free and that he’d even whiten my teeth after everything was done. I was so happy that I couldn’t stop crying and I made him and his staff cry too. But life seems to want to keep me down because the week after he said that, my dentist died. So, nothing happened. I’m left here in horrible pain and with a worse mouth. What can I do? Nothing, except hope for a miracle. But I’ve been waiting for so long that I’ve just about given up.

  • patricia

    I like just about everyone on this page are in serious need of getting there teeth fixed. Iam a mother of 2 boys and have been to several dentist through the years a brige fell out and left me with three teeth missing towards the frount now my two frount teeth have broke I look and feel terrible about myself I do brush twice a day and could really use some help my bottom teeth all broke on the same side in the back please help i cant chew anything on my right side or use my frount teeth

  • Randy

    I am a person who have wished for so long that I had a beautiful smile. I have watched TV shows and commercials, and have seen so many people with a beautiful set of teeth and my response is, “wow” I wished that I could have a beautful smile like that. I am a diabetic which is the cause of me losing my teeth. In addition to that, I do not take photo with my family because they all have a beautiful set of teeth with a beautiful smile. They do not know that is the reason that I refuse to take a family photo. Also, I am a minister and I feel very self conscious of speaking in public because of me missing so many teeth. I would love to have implants, something that would not fall out or down as I speak. A beautiful smile speaks volumne and people are remembered by their smile which makes a lasting impression!

  • Ms.Cynthia Moore

    I NEED THIS MAKEOVER MORE THAN I CAN PUT INTO WORDS MY SMILE ZONE IS MISSING,DUE TO AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP THAT I AM NO LONGER IN.ANY HELP WOULD BE WONDERFUL!

  • midwestgardener

    One of the problems with dentistry is the severe lack of care for those who can’t afford it. It’s one of the reasons I left the field (hygiene). Too much greed, not enough caring. If your teeth aren’t in bad shape other than color, there may be some things you can do to help the way they look. This article mentions a few things everyone can try: http://www.whitenteethsource.com/cheapest-way-to-whiten-teeth.html. Good luck to you all.

  • Ruby Poindexter

    Iam a 57 year old mother of 3 and grandmother of 10 grandchildren. I am missing teeth in the back which makes it difficult to eat. Teeth in front all have fillings and are yellowed. Over a year ago I was talking to my dentist about getting implants and then I got layed off from my job so there went that idea out the window. I now have a more serious issue and that is the teeth have broken off around the fillings and I have no insurance. My dentist says bad teeth can contribute to heart problems which I am well aware of, being my mother died at 52 from heart problems. I know my story sounds like so many others, but I am a beautiful black women who just wants to have a beautiful smile. Please Help Me

  • Lynn

    Hi My name is Lynn and I only have one wish in life and that is to fix my teeth so that will finally rid me of my constant pain. People tell me I have such an outgoing personality and I try to always smile to be kind to everyone I meet just to brighten the day. It is getting harder to smile because my teeth are deteriorating due to gum and bone loss. Please make my only dream in life come true..Give me back my smile.. I will be forever grateful. P.S. I am a 49 year old with 2 children. I was born in Camp LeJuene N.C. where I was exposed to and drank contaminated water as a baby.. I believe that may be why my teeth are in such bad shape… Please HELP Me,,,,, Thank You

  • angela

    i’m a single mom of 5 an 25 years old who is suffering from extrem pain an is gettingg to the point i can’t handle it anymore my teeth has gotten so bad it hurts to eat or drink anything or when its cold out all i want to do is cry because it hurts so bad an i pray everynight that i would recieve the help i need could someone please help me i can’t handle this anymore please ….. my email address is angela_hill2007@yahoo.com

  • Robert Byrd

    My name is Robert Byrd and I NEED HELP BECAUSE MY teeth ARE BAD!!!! and Im ashame of them.Im a 42 years old and I never had a girfriend. my teeth have been since I was 12.A lot of peolpe thing that Im shy or rude because I don’t look at them when they are trying to talk to me.I’m set to go out on my first real date in years on mar,12 a day before my birthday.I have yet to tell her about my teeth but Im going to have to.I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO SMILE FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE,PLEASE HELP ME IN GETTING MY TEETH FIXED IT WILL BE THE VERY BEST BIRTHDAY GIFT EVER.My teeth are rotten.Im missing the front teeth so it’s a little hard for people to understand me sometime.IJUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO SMILE.

  • Janice

    Hi. I feel like a needle in a haystack :) but that’s ok. We all have a story to tell. My name is Janice Hopper I live in Jackson TN. I am a mother and a stay at home mom. And also a BRIDE TO BE!! : )
    But however I am in quite a fix with my mouth. I live with pain everyday. I have 2 to 4 absesses at any given time. I got an estimate to reconstruct my mouth 24,000! Ouch! So yes as you can imagine.. I feel totally hopeless. I have no dental insurance and my fiance doesn’t have it offered through his work. I made some mistakes with my credit when I was younger so my credit isn’t helping the situation. I am a very religious person and I believe in miracles. I told God it would HAVE to come in the form of something like this. I have no other options! And I believe it can happen! I’m tired of the worry and the pain mentally and physically. I’m tired of holding my mouth a certain way when I smile because I’m ashamed. I have perio gum disease which is speeding up the decay so time needs to work for me : ) I am soon to be married also! To a great man. But unfortunately when I think of my special day I think of THIS! And not smiling in my wedding pictures! His family will be traveling 13 hrs to see their first born son get married to a woman that won’t even smile. I’m hurt by this. I want think black cloud that looms over me to disapper so I can be set FREE!! I want it so bad!! I know the others do too. I pray about my situation daily and I know it will be worked out! I have faith in that! I submitted into the contest. Hopefully Ill win :) I appreciate your time and I realllly hope to be hearing from someone real soon ; ) thanks so much Janice Hopper Jackson TN

  • Whitney

    I am young, and in severe pain. I want to smile with pride. I have never been able to and I dream of the feeling. I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I beg for the opertunitiy to have a chance to feel good about myself. I finally got my cleft lip and pallet fixed, but my teeth need help. I cannot afford the high cost and my jobs insurance wouldnot help the money issue. Please. I am begging whoever reads this that has any pull..Help me! ~ Thank you

  • Andrew Garrett

    I have when though life with not smileing and I am 27 And dont want to let this take the best of me . I have when places that did not feel like there where fixing the promble ! but taking money and now I am lost with out words because I look in the mirror and see that i Dont have that manys teeth left … it hurts because because i know my familys cant really help .. I waiting for to see if i am goings to pick up a second job ..and hoping for the best

  • lisa O

    Its with heavy heat that i am asking for this huge chance to change my life! I suffer from SROJENS SYNDROME. The disease has caused me to loose saliva, tears, and the sense of smell. From the lack of saliva i’ve lost most of my teeth and is unable to eat many types of food. I’ve lost a sickening amount of weight, i faint frequently and suffer from depression. Even though this is a medical issue my dental insurance will not pick this up because they comsidered it cosmetic unless i get dentures but do to no saliva i can’t have them. In oreder for me to get my teeth replaced i need dental implants for every tooth. This is extremely expensive and i just wish to be able to smile, eat and not get all the negative emotions that i go throught every day of my life when people look at me and they don’t know my story. I know this is a long shot but if i dont try i guess i would never win so with any luck JUST MAYBE THEY WILL PICK ME. So i could live my life and never stop showing off my awsome teeth. Thanks Lisa

  • Michele

    I grew up with a step mom and my dad . My step mom made sure i had proper care for my teeth. now im 29 and my teeth are going down hill . I have an abcess for over a year now. My energy has gone down and self esteem. Not just the abcess im a recovering bulimic, and it has in turn cause alot of damage to my teeth. I need help i feel like my disease took my youth and want it back.

  • jihan

    i am a 25 year old wife and stepmother and i am unemplyed and need serious dental work !

  • han

    someone please help me i am in pain everyday i need help getting my teeth fixed

  • han

    pretty please will u give me that chance that has been my dream since i was 17 when i had all my back teeth pulled out and had to get fake ones and then the ones thay had left in my mouth had started going bad so ionly have 9 1/2 teeth in my mouth i just want to be able to smile again and feel good about myself and some times i feel like a monster when i open my mouth everyone always tells me to smile and i feel bad cause i always have a frown on my face while everyone else is smiling and haven fun some times i dont go anywhere cause i hate walken into a happy place with a frown on my face and then always feeeling out of place!!!!!!Please i dont feeel like living on sometime and you know a tooth ace is the worst i wish u could see them !!!!!!!!!

  • Michael

    I’m a 40 yo male I could use this very badly, i recently quit smoking, have gum disease that id like to take care of, i broke some upper teeth awhile back and just quit brushing because it hurt , i didnt have insurance, and they have slowly rotted and broke away,as a result my mouth looks horrible i don’t even like looking at people when i talk to them. also i’m afraid of the health issues that will come as a result of this. please help….

  • Janie

    My husband and I have been married for 17 years and love each other very much. In fact my husband puts me before him in everything that happens in our life. I am handicaped and have several things wrong with me and take a lot of medicine and see several doctors which takes a lot of money as you know. He always puts me first and it leaves him not being able to take care of himself. I feel bad because he won’t go and see the dentist for his teeth because he says we can’t afford it at this time and it is not important but I know he is in so much pain. His teeth are all so rotten and black and smell and hurt him. He is also afraid to smile, even in front of me. He puts his hand over his mouth if he has to laugh or smile big. It makes me so sad and breaks my heart because he has such a beautiful smile and a handsome face and he is so embarrased by his smile. It would be such a blessing if I could tell him he was going to get a dental makeover and see him smile with a mouth full of beautiful white teeth. thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment and feel the love I have for my first and only love.
    Janie

  • paul tooth

    hi i hav some teeth missing and the rest are stained i wood like pure white teeth i cant aford idont like to smile because u can c there are teeth missing and people take the mick i am really down because of my teeth please can some one help

  • g_flaming@yahoo.com

    I HAVE TERRIBLE TEETH. I HAVE BRIDGES AND CAPS AND HAVE HAD 3 STROKES. I HAVE NO MONEY TO FIX THEM. I WOULD LOVE A BREAK.

  • marcus

    i nominate my unicle for this contest because he has not been to the dentist in about 21 years he does not smile any more his teeth messed up his jaw to where he gets earaches he gets them almost every day he somtimes cant sleep because of it

  • Sharon

    My parents made sure my sister & I had the dental care we needed growing up, cleaing,braces, only my sister always had the pretty white teeth as for mine they had a grey tint to them. No matter what I did nothing helped. When they came out with the bleaching I asked my dentist about this which to my understanding the grey tint was due to medications I had taken as a young child. The bleaching would not help I would never have the white bright smile. I will be 50 years old in July 2010, have 3 beautiful daughters 30,29 and 27, one son I would not give anything in the world for (my sisters son I raised as mine, she went to be with Jesus 4/24/91 when he was 2 1/2 years old) They all have beautiful white teeth. My dream to have white teeth to smile bright an not be ashamed to do so. Thank you from my HEART.

  • Randi poe

    I have been dealing with alot in life for the last 7 years i lost my daughter at the age of one i found out my son has autism i do everything i can for my family and have let myself go to help my son get all the blearning tool’s and things he needs am missing half my teeth and my mouth hurts so bad i pray you can help me

  • Elena

    Most of the teeth in my mouth have broken. I used to be proud of my smile and after 20 years of marriage when my husband left for a younger woman and I had to get back out to dating, I doubt that anyone would date me, especially since I can’t smile without being very self conscious. I would be more than greatful to you for the chance to have a new smile and a change for a happy second half of my life.

  • christina Pena

    I’m a 37 year old female . My teeth are very bad they are all breaking. I have daily pain and several bumps on my cheek and on side of head due to the infection. I am missing 4 teeth all my bottom teeth are rotten. I can not afford a dentist. I’m got 5 kids my oldest is in college playing football. I really need help for my teeth.

  • gulilia

    Im a 47 years old single mom . I have 6 kids they are all students . I have really bad teeth ,i don’t have a good credit or good money to fix them. I suffer every days with my teeth ,they are all very bad , i cant eat in front of my kids or other people . I cray days and nights . I always wish to have good teeth so i can smile and be comfortable with my teeth . I really need help.

  • timothy rollo

    im 29 years old i have never done a drug in my life all the back teeth are rotten up and down and side are just not nice to look at im a very good looking guy whom now never smiles my kids and wife miss my smile please help me smile gain

  • Logan Mcclellan

    If I had a buck for every time I came here! Amazing post!

  • Catrina

    I am 28 years old with a whole lot of bad teeth, all of which are diss-colored yellowish,broken to or even below the gum line. I have one child who is 5, I try to avoid pictures with him and smiling in front of him because he asks why my teeth are so ugly and missing. I have already had all of my back teeth removed upper and lower, 12 in total due to abcesses when I was pregnant. Now it seems I need the rest removed, since I had my son. I went back into the workforce after a very misserable pregnancy, I was turned down by many potential employers after interviews, with a big hope of finding a job I am more qualified for I committed myself to a job that requires I work at night 365 nights a years, I don’t come in visual contact with many people as I would like. But the one whom I devote all my efforts to, is there waiting for an answer everyday. Just wanting to smile for my son.

  • Catrina

    CONTINUED:::So the worst of my situation, my older sister has worked in a dentist office since I was 14 years old or so, and they have seen me thru the years. But unless I pay out of pocket at the time of services I can’t be seen, also the guy she works for just wants to save my teeth. I want them removed, can’t afford to fix a problem that seems to be just like a disease, at the same time I don’t want to go thru the pain day after day with my mouth, I have enough pain in my body and life as it is. I’M AVOIDING GETTING MARRIED BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT UGLY TEETH RUINING MY DAY. Nor do I want to go out in public unless its neccesary, I talk with my lips closed, my head turned away from people, or will avoid them all together in fear that they will only judge and discriminate.

  • patricia davis

    I have no coment I have lost EVERYTHING and If I can find just one PERSON to help me that would be a BLESSING, people need help and get it and complain . I use to work in hemodialysis and complaints are a thing of the past .I need my theeth fixed and if I can get help I will take it

  • Samantha

    I have always wanted dental work done but never able to afford it. i have gaps in between my teeth and they seem to be spreading. my teeth are yellow and gums bleed sometimes without me even brushing them. there is a tooth in the back of my mouth that needs to be pulled because of decay and on top of all that i have cavities and hurt when i eat. just had a baby so money is even tighter now. i would be ever so greatful if i could get help. thankyou….

  • s langfrod

    Been taking care of 47+ men for the last 7 years. Majority are mental health, many are Veterans.
    I want to smile at them, period.

  • Seara Cahmbers

    please help me get my teeth fixed.. im a low incomed mother with two lil girl and it kills me to smile i jus want to be able to smile for my girls with pretty healthy teeth

  • holly

    Please help me I am having all kinds of problems with my teeth my teeth are so messed up my teeth are so yellow even my 2 front teeth I can never smile or show my teeth I feel so bad I wish I could get braces but no dentist will let me been trying to get clear correct but I heard they cost so much money.

  • Deborah Lemieux

    Can you please help me? I have a lot of problems with my teeth and also missing teeth. I use to have a great smile and now i dont even smile I am 46yrs old and have 3 boys my youngest is nine and hes always asking what happen to my teeth! I have been out of work for a while and lots my house so trying to get my teeth fix is very hard and im also finding out that people wont hire you when you are missing teeth. I guess what im looking for is someone with a hart to help me and help me get my life back with a big smile!!!!!Something i been wanted to do for a long time.

  • LEROLYN ADAMS

    I have so many gaps in the front and broken teeth in the back and I need a make over, (implants are needed). I completed school this year, and I lost my job four years ago and I can not find full time work. I only work 12 hours a weeks. Please help.

  • deborah K

    as written

  • Becca

    When I was a kid the school dentist filled my teeth with mercury fillings. Over the years I suffered from headaches almost daily. After the birth of my son my teeth began to come out. Now what little teeth i have left are in need of replacement. I can’t afford to visit a dentist because i have no job or income to speak of (and who would hire someone with bad teeth?)
    I need a miracle.

  • Julie

    I would have more confidence in myself if I had a nice smile again.

  • Julie

    I would have a better chance in life if I could smile with confidence. Growing up I never got a chance to go to the dentist and that has had a bad effect on my teeth I don’t like to talk much to people because my teeth are bad, Please can someone help me to be able to smile again?

  • dental patient

    I made a fatal mistake of going to New Jersey Dental School two years ago. The doctors never planned my treatment. Two years later i lost money and teeth that could be saved. My mouth is a disaster. NJ dental school is a very dangerous place. They created huge problems for me and when i discovered problems they dismissed me.

  • autumn walther

    i have been living my life with really bad teeht. to start with my family has a enamial disease and i have it the worst off all.my mom had it just as bad but sh got hers fix.i have always got pick on and now that i am an adult i cant get a job because my teeth. when i got pregnant and had my son my teeth went.so i am asking for some help to get my teeth fix.i just want my son to see that i am pretty and want to be able to get a job. THANKS VERY MUCH

  • J. King

    im a 49 yr old man with very bad teeth. i have a really bad mouth. my teeth are rotting away and have no means to fix them.i need some pulled witch are broke off at the gumline .others are ready to break or chiped.i have a hard time chewing food.please help me smile again. im single and would love to find someone to finish out my life with.

  • joann Reda

    i am the mom of a US Marine, twice deployed to Iraq, and the mom of two college students. i recently had all my upper teeth removed and given a denture. i am unable to tolerate the denture, and have not been able to speak, or to eat, in a month. i am slowly starving to death. Even with drinking Ensure as my meal, i have lost 11 pounds so far. i am also in danger of losing the day care business i have worked so hard to build, because i can not talk correctly to the children, and i am becoming so weak that i have started missing days. My dentist tells me that i have active infection in my remaining lower teeth (also some missing) and they need to be removed as well. If that happens, i will die. My dentist suggests implants, but at the cost of $50,000 that is impossible for me. i have written to every dentist, dental school, even the Department of Human Resources, in Maryland, to try to get some help, all to no avail. Is there ANY way you could help me? . i appreciate your time.

  • Jason

    I am 33 years old and have two kids and all my money goes to there needs. I have no insurance for myself only for the kids through a private insurance company and in October my daughter had some breathing problems and had to be hospitalized for 3 days. And agin in Febuary she had to have an operation. And the insurance did not cover everything they were suposed to.I have two chipped front teeth up top, out of line on the bottom, I am missing all my mollers now and am deleoping cavites on a couple of my otheer teeth. Please if you could help or find me some help I would really be thankful. God bless you for all that you are doing for those whp need your help.

  • Karleen

    I am a single, unemployed, mother. For years I had trouble with my teeth. I was just in the areas where people could not see(back teeth). But now these past few years I have been losing my front teeth. And my little 6year old daughter. Said,”mommy how come you look like Tutu.(Tutu-grandma in Hawaiian)That made me feel more uneasy, and more I try not to speak to anyone. I remember one time I was trying to apply for a federal job. When I came for the medical check part. The doctor that they had said that they could not take me for the job. And the only way that they could is if I got my teeth fixed first. The last time I worked, was in 2006, and that was a grave yard shift. Where I would not have to speak to much to other people. I have not seen my smile since the late 1997. And I have not eaten a good steak, or even a pizza with out my teeth that I have left breaking or other people staring at my mouth. I hope that I get a chance to get the dental work that I need.

  • Olanie Jean Baptiste

    I love to laugh, but when I remember how bad my teeth are, I close my lips and smile instead. Everybody has 32 teeth in total, but I have 30 and extracted one. Two of my mandibular lateral incisor teeth did not grow, so I have two large gap on the bottom. I would be blessed if I had this opportunity. Pick me!

  • Barry

    To whom it may concern;
    I have been unemployed for approximately a year now and I currently am suffering with some serious dental problems that need to be addressed. I have no dental or health insurance. I just can’t afford the cost of minor or major work to be done. My two lower teeth are loose. I am also getting minor headaches and nausea probably due to paradonal disease. I am in serious need of help. I don’t know what to do. please help.

  • joann

    Readign everyone’s comments, i feel so badly for all of you. i know all too well what you are going through. i am slowly starving to death. i can not eat ANYTHING. i am nauseated all day and wake every mornign with a splitting headache. i am losing the business i worked so hard to build.
    If i don’t get help with my teeth soon, i guess this might be the last you hear from me.
    God bless you all, and may you find help.

  • HainlennA

    ROXIE CANDICE on the road, MELISA

  • joann

    i wish that all i wanted was a white smile. i had all my top teeth removed and i can not talk, or eat and i’m slowly starving to death. Not a fun thing. i am losing the day care business that i worked so hard to build, and my only option right now is death.
    i pray that you all find the help you need.
    God bless.

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  • Ashley Clopton

    i have read all of the stories and think would i ever be picked for this? I know for 3 years my teeth have hurted every night! I have even made a front tooth out of Nail Acrylic just so i would have my 4 teeth in front and they all have Nail Acrylic on them on is just a stub. i really need some help

  • crystal dixon

    I have never had dental insurance.
    I have paided out of pocket until I could not afford to do so.
    PLEASE SAVE MY LIFE1

  • joann

    Well, now my surgeon has ground down all the bones in the top of my mouth, trying to get this horrible denture to fit me without causing excruciating pain. (that’s a kick, huh,instead of making the dentures fit, let’s grind on your mouth!) Didn’t work. Now, i have pain AND no gums left.
    i really think there should be some kind of help that peopole can go to who have serious problems, not just those who want a nice white smile, but i have contacted every dentist, dental college, even looked into foreign dentists. No one is willing to help. Everyone is all too interested in the almighty dollar. They couldn’t care less if one more person on the planet died because they couldn’t eat, even though they have the skills to save them.
    i pray every night for all of you, that you can get some kind of help.

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  • joann

    GetFreeDental.com

  • Gayle Potts

    Hey just notice the contest would love to be able to smile on one picture on my wedding day.if i could post pictures of my bad mouth i would,badly need this done,smoe day i cant even eat food because it hurts.

  • Joanna

    I would like to enter the contest, I have really bad teeth and I would love to be able to smile again, I never am in any pictures because I am afraid to show my teeth. I was even afraid to take pictures at MY OWN wedding. Please Help!!

  • Nilsa Sanchez

    Im 45 years old woman, feeling like an 80 year old woman. I have perodental gum disease. I need help because,im on a low income, single parent of 3 kids.My teeth are very loose,please please help me. i want to smile with confidence. Its very dramdic for me to even know im loosing my all of my front teeth. Im also even scared to chew or sleep. Its causeing anxiety,very deep depresion,and my self esteam is very low. Im looking for help but a wall is blocking me. For being on a low income and unable to afford the job done for my teeth, please please help me, or refer me to someone, thank you

  • LEROLYN ADAMS

    I NEED HELP BAD. I HAVE NO JOB, NO MONEY AND I BROKE ANOTHER TOOTH. I HAVE SO MUCH PAIN AND CAN NOT EAT WITH ALL THESE BAD TEETH.

  • MatG

    I have serious health complications from ‘Bad Gums”
    I am unemployed, no insurance and I have no money to afford the cost of the dental care that I desperately need. Can someone help me with my dilema?
    Thanks in advance,

    MatG

  • lisa cochran

    i would love to have dental work done i am a single mother of four and i am tired of being in constant pain because i can not afford to go to the dentist.i have 3 wisdom teeth that need pulled out one has broken and causes me pain almost daily. they have also shifted my teeth around and i put my hand over my mouth every time i smile to hide my teeth, if i could get help it would be a dream come true. thank you.

  • Ann-Marie

    Help me smile again. I have being to so many Dentist in my life and all of them have messed up my teeth.I truly need a teeth make over.I have reach a stage in my life that I prefer to see my GYN any day than visit a Dentist.

  • Bob Andrews

    When I was young and could afford to,I did not take care of my teeth. Now that I am on ss I cannot afford dental and have to suffer a bad smile and pain.

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  • Terry Sauve

    I really need a new teeth. my front teeth are ok, but i have no back ones,a few are left decayed, please help me.

  • holly ross

    Hi my name is holly ross an me an my husband need dental work done in the worst ways , my husband is disabled an im just broke we can’t afford to get our teeth fixed an all we are askin for is a little dental help montel please help us we are two young people that would be beautiful if only our teeth were fixed please help us thanks the ross’s.

  • Matt

    I have very bad teeth and would love a second chance at having a nice smile again. I do not have dental insurance and as I found out…There isn’t dental insurance that woulod cover $20,000 worth of work that needs done to my teeth….Please help

  • Inga

    I have lived 44 years with green teeth. I took medication that turned my teeth green. I was laughed at when I was a child that hurt to the core. I had a large white flaw on my front tooth which chipped and so i had to have a dentist fix it years ago. he grinded down both my two front teeth and bonded them. The bonding is coming off and it looks like my front teeth are smaller than my other teeth. my bottom teeth are really crooked and i am missing a couple of back teeth because i could not afford to get them capped. the back teeth that I did have capped all are of different shades and look so bad. I am so imbarrased to go out and I never smile. I am always the one who takes the family pictures never in the pictures. Please help me with a smile makeover

  • Jimmi Turner

    I am the 34 year old single mother of two great kids. I have had a life long battle with my teeth. They are falling out on the bottom and top. It is so painful and not having insurance I can`t afford to pay for them. This year I found out I have a disability. I have been very depressed. This could be the first step in building my self confidence and changing my life. It would be wonderful to smile and show my teeth again! It would be great to share a confident mom with my kids. Even if I don`t get it this is a wonderful thing that you are doing. I hope some day we have free health and dental in the us noone should suffer because of their income level.

  • connie

    hi to let u know dont spell good sorry i had a full upper and lower dentures i had two sents of dentures immediate and than i got a new one my new denture was doing great for the three mouth tell my gum shrike some i went to the dentist and they did a reline on the lower dentures when i i got it back they did some adjustments the dr took to much of the denture so it was to lose and otherthings was just not right so they had to do a reline agien when i got it back it was still not fitting me like it should and they did no adjustments so they sent me home with it and i was so sad my dentures was not getting better it was getting hurt me know my tops was hurting me so i went to a other dr and he said they should give me a know one but they did not do that they keep doing relines and its not working so know i have no dentures and i dont have the cash to buy new ones i have depression and ocd and ad so all i thick about is this im 39 years old i dont have a job i got hurt on the job so i been haveing a hard time with all of this all i thick about is my teeth i can not get this out of my mine its makeing me sick i dont sleep much or eat much like i did i dont go out i did not go to see anyone for the holiday this is just killing me i know if i got this makeover it would make my life so so much better i would do the things i use to do and i would be smileing and going out and not hidding like am know oh and i would be eating out and sleeping like i should i hope someone can help me i dont know how much i can take of this not haveing no teeth it god bless u all and all the drs and people that are doing this makeover

  • connie

    sorry for the spilling what i like to get done is dentures implates you would be makeing me so happy if i win this like i told u all i thick about is this i hate seeing my face like this its killing my inside and out please someone help me

  • Christy B

    I am a 52 yr old business professional with bad teeth. I already have dentures on too but bad worn and ill fitting. I need my teeth fixed to advance with my job. I lack self confidence due to my teeth and wont take speaking positions in public due to my teeth. Please help me

  • toothless

    it’s all a scam

  • joe harvey

    love for you to pick my wife she has stage 4 cancer and the chemo treatments have really messed up her teeth causing her more pain. she is very week now from all the chemo that she is in a wheel chair she is only 33 years old and i know it bothers her alot having teeth that hurt and that look bad. Its hard enough on her having no hair but to have bad teeth too. She is a strong willed loving person love to see this happen for her.

  • Jean Tovar

    I have been a single mom for 26 years now, Money and dental has not been there. I have always worked with the public and try not to let peoople see my teeth. It’s so embarrising. I have alot of broken off teeth that have gotten loose and I have pulled myself. I even have dreams of spiting my teeth out. I would love to just be able to smile, and feel good about myself. It’s an awful feeling. Can anyone help me?

  • Jean Tovar

    I have been a single mom for 26 years now, Money and dental has not been there. I have always worked with the public and try not to let people see my teeth. It’s so embarrising. I have alot of broken off teeth that have gotten loose and I have pulled myself. I even have dreams of spiting my teeth out. I would love to just be able to smile, and feel good about myself. It’s an awful feeling. Can anyone help me?

  • Miki Peeler

    I just lost my husband of 24 years to ALS and lost my job as well to care for him. I want to be able to smile again as I start this next chapter of my “book of life”…

  • Sandrah Wooten

    Please help. I would love to smile with confidence, it would mean the world to me. That’s the frist thing people see when they see me and that makes me sad, This is not the way I want people to remember or think of me, a smile really does go a long way.

  • Debbie Henderson

    I am in constant pain. I’m losing weight due to not being able to eat properly my teeth are so bad. I feel sick most the time.
    I pray for dental help.

  • Regina

    Help me get a healthy mouth . The cost is nothing to laugh about . I cant afford dentl care !

    Thank you !

  • lisa null

    i am a single mom of 2 went to denist today told me cost rond 2500 fix 3 teeth i dont have.I lost my job only have money to pay light water etc.i hurt every day with my teeth.Im only 38 years old I pray that God touch someone help me get them all fix people makes fun of my teeth.Im poor just dont have money fix them.I would pay back much as I could.thank you

  • Nina

    I am a 31 year old single mum. My upper teeth are bit out. I wish I could get them in to keep my mouth close more naturally. I also need to get the wisdom tooth removed.

  • Bill

    HI
    AFTER JUST FINISHING PAY MY DENTAL BILL FOR 09 LAST MONTH, I STARTED TO FEEL PINGS IN A COUPLE OF MY TEETH. GENTLE DENTAL RAN AN AD $69.00 FOR X-RAYS, EXAM, AND CLEANING, AFTER THE X-RAYS & EXAM, I WAS GIVEN A BREAKDOWN ON MY WORK NEEDED. I WAS FLOORED WITH THE PRICE OF $22,200.00, WHICH OF COURSE I COUND NOT AFFORD, SO I AM STILL NEED OF EXTENSIVE
    WORK WHICH I CANNOT AFFORD. i AM A PEOPLE GREETER @ WALMART HERE IN STUART FL. A SMILE IS IMPORTANT TO A GREETER. SINCE TODAY IS MY 70TH BIRTHDAY I THOUGHT I WOULD GIVE THIS A SHOT. HOPEFULLY I CAN BE PICKED FOR THE FREE MAKEOVER
    THANK YOU
    BILL SEAVER

  • Mahoginy

    This is kind of a sore and sad situation to talk about. my teeth has been this way for my whole 19 years of my natural life. I have not only suffered with this problem now but even when i was a child. Having this problem with my teeth made me so depressed when i was a child and it also affects me now. I had always prayed to god hoping and wishing that somebody would come along and bless me with the smile that i had always prayed for. Every since i was little that was always a dream of mines. I cried a thousand times maybe even more, because of this flaw, im justing hoping and praying that maybe this is my blessing from god.thank you

  • jeremiah scola

    i am a former marine how is now in school i have a prt time job so no dental insurrance about 3 years ago i was hit in the mouth with a baseball bat broke three of my front top teeth.when i graduate college im going to be looking for good jobs and i wont get a job looking like a hoosier can you please help

  • toothless

    Having no teeth, i am unable to talk or to eat. i have lost 30 poinds (from my original 110 pound frame) and am slowly starving to death. i have lost my job and consequently, my home. i have called and contacted everyone i possibly could, to get help. Bottom line- NO ONE CARES. i will die because dentists are more concerned with money than with life.
    i will pray for you all till the end, that you do not suffer the same fate. God bless.

  • EDWARD CONCEPCION

    Well my name is EDWARD CONCEPCION and i’am a 7 years army veteran and been laid off for almost going on two years. I have been looking for and i’ve haven’t had no luck in finding work. I have lost just about everything and i’am just about to homeless. I three kids. One live in in settle she is in the army and the other two lives with there mother. I’m reaching out for some help and hoping that some could help me with dental work. my writing is bad so i hope that you or anyone out there can help me out, because i don’t have any money for this kind of work. I just pray that for once i could get this prayer answer. thank you for taking time to read this message and god bless.

  • holly

    I can go on and on like the rest we all here need and would give anything to save our smiles
    yours truly Holly :(

  • Ryan Cain

    Im here to seek help with my dental issues,broken teeth,crooked teeth,and very painful teeth.Discolored,and unhealthy teeth that just are making my life a miserable and un healthy! im not here because i just want to look like a star,i would also like to feel like if i want to smile it will be one that others would like to see and not have to turn away from.Like i said this is making my life miserable!!!Please help me!!!

  • Catherine

    I am 47 years young but I feel like I am 80 I have dental issues since a child parents had no ins. teeth were in bad shape necer had straight teeth and had extra teeth. Was made fun of all through school. Teeth strtade falling out 3 years ago, my self esteem was rock bottom, deccided to go with dentures , big mistake, they don’t stay in can’t eat, can’t wear them in public so do not go out much!! Lost my job due to the fact my self esteem is so low and no teeth. No ins. I want my self esteem back, I want to be able to go out in public. On anti depressants, want to smile again… Please help me

  • nadia

    Hi I think its so great that dentist are willing to help people like us that cant afford to go to dentist I never smile or show my teeth. It’s completely ruin my self image.always smiling with my mouth closed.hard to go and have fun when u cant open ur mouth anyway thanks for a chance to get my life back.

  • Hi my name is vladi a 25 year old male that wish he had a beautyful smile iam very poor live check by check after coming from cuba my life is been work and more work and can’t affort my dental work I would apreciated if this contest would give me a chance to smile again….:(

  • Brenda K

    I am 50 years old, and i have no bottom teeth/. I broke off a tooth eating a piece of candy about 1 month ago. I just had 6 on bottom anyway, but they were all loose so I had my dentist to pull the rest of them out because it was a middle bottom and it looked bad. I have dentures on the tio death, but can’t keep them in very good at at. They fall out when I talk. I really don’t think they where really made right to begin with. MY TEETH ARE VERY IMPORTEN TO ME. i ONLY DRY DISABILITY ON THE 1ST OF THE MONTH. I have alot of heath issue going on right now, and I also have a handicap daughter. I just can’t afford dentures, and I would be very greatful if you all can help me out. I just don’t have the money and I would love to have teeth so I can smile again without be embarrased. Thank You you so much for reading my story. God bless you for the work you do get to do to help people out.

  • cherie

    I truly am in desperate need of help!! I am a 51 year old woman. I have had problems with my teeth ever since I can remember. As of right now I only have 7 teeth left. Most of them are broken and my front tooth is so loose I can’t eat anything but soft food. I have been to several dentists and all of them are asking huge amounts of money. I have no insurance and my job does not offer dental ins. I have even tried to make payment plans but I still can’t afford the down payment. Please if there is anyone that could possably help!!!The pain is unbelievable!!

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