Heather Manning has been reborn. Once a self-described recluse who hid her badly decayed teeth from the world, Heather now embraces every day with enthusiasm.
"My self-confidence is through the roof!" she proclaimed joyfully in a recent interview with Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, which sponsored the contest through which Heather received a free smile makeover. "There's no amount of words to describe how grateful I am to everybody."
By "everybody," Heather means Dear Doctor
magazine, her own talented dentists, and corporate sponsors including BioHorizons
, who donated dental implants
to rebuild her smile. "It's gone literally from a living hell to unbelievable," Heather remarked.
"They didn't have to do for me what they did, but they did," Heather said. "They're the most wonderful people I've ever met — the dentists and everyone who works for them."
After visiting a local cosmetic dentist who gave Heather a comprehensive oral exam with radiographs (x-ray pictures), he referred her to a periodontist – a dentist who specialists in the gums, bone and connective tissue attachments that support the teeth – and they came up with a treatment plan. Ultimately, her smile would be restored with a combination of dental implants, bridgework and ceramic crowns.
"Everybody was really patient with me, really understanding, very caring, and made me feel really comfortable," Heather said. "That helped a lot."
Learn more about Heather's smile makeover and dental implants by visiting DearDoctor.com