Hi Friends and Family... I'll admit, my cousin put me up to this and while I'm not entirely comfortable asking for donations... most of you know how desperate I am to get the smile I deserve and I simply do not have the financial means to get it without some support. So please, $5, $10, $20... any little bit helps to get to my goal of 9K to work with a local dentist and Orthodontist that will help me achieve the smile of my dreams. One day I'd love to be able to look at myself and be proud of my appearance. I cannot thank you enough for just considering to make a donation. Here is my story...
My name is Amy and I am a single mom of three daughters and a grandma of a 2 year old beauty! I have always had a issue with significant spaces between my top teeth and have dreamed of braces for as long as I can remember.
During my late 20's early 30's my gaps have become even more horrific and extremely embarrassing. My teeth have kept me from working in the public, dating and or even approaching people in a casual manner.
Being a single mom, all my extra money has gone into raising my children and being self employed I do not have dental insurance. Total bummer.
I have always said, "Once my children are grown I will focus on my teeth".
My youngest just graduated high school this month and I thought I would have my life long dream come true.
However financially I am no where able to afford a root canal and crown to eliminate my daily pain let alone braces if they are still even an option that is. My long term goal might be four top implants. Scary!
So I entered The Ultimate Smile Makeover contest worth $15,000 in dental work. I made it to top ten, met with the dentist on June 19th to be told he could not help me. I was not a candidate any longer for the contest as I need a Orthodontist not a dentist.
He did give me hope though! He said it was actually a easy fix.
BRACES is a must! Not only will braces make my smile pretty, braces will also help save my teeth by correcting the overbite and prevent further bone loss. However time is ticking very fast!
So I got real busy making appointments to find out what my best option is.
3 consultations scheduled with 3 different Orthodontist and 2 down and 1 more to go and so far braces are not the best option at this point. My last apt. is July 10th and I will be deciding whats my plan after that.
Due to my seizure medication and GI related issues I had and the size of my upper mouth being too big and my lower mouth being too deep and narrow I now have 50 percent bone loss above my front 4 teeth. Not only is that the cause for my jack o lantern smile but it is cause of my extreme overbite which is also causing me bone loss and daily facial pressure and pain and is posing a serious risk of me loosing my front top teeth. It's scary. The fear is consuming my brain more than ever!
So far I have a few options to choose from but every option starts with me having treatments started for bone loss.. That's my first goal. Raising the money to get that started.
I have been quoted between $1350 and $2500 for that process alone. It must be done or I will loose my teeth!! Please help me get this started ASAP!
Once that is done I can focus on the physical appearance of my smile.
As of now I have been quoted between $1450 and worse case long term up to $22,000 for a few different options. $1450 can help fix my smile some and help heal and prevent further bone loss with either bonding or top clear braces for 6 months.. $12,000 to $22,000 would once and for all put my smile issues behind me but would be extremely painful and expensive and scary. Four top implants! That just sounds painful! It would change my life for the better tho..
I am remaining hopeful yet fearing dentures or worse, toothless will be my only option soon if I do not get the bone loss treatments and bonding or partial braces to stop the bone loss. Dentures are expensive too and just not something I am ok with at age 39. I have raised my children and now I need to focus on taking care of me while I still have options to fix my dental issues and boost my self esteem. I have a lot of life to live and want to know how it is to be happy with your smile and not embarrassed of it!
If you know me you know how independent I am and how hard it is for me to ask for help and if you know me well you know how I am about exposing my teeth or allowing a picture with my teeth showing, so please understand how hard it was for me to post a picture showing my teeth on the internet forever allowing everyone to see my issues. Please know how important this is to me and how fearful I am of being toothless.. I am not proud by any means for asking for money and help, I feel this is my only hope and last chance to say goodbye to my heaviest and deepest insecurity..
If you would please share my story and site on your fb and or donate anything you can even $5 or $10 helps. I would really appreciate it. I can use all the exposure and help I can get. With out your support I have NO hope! Together we can make this happen and make me healthy,happy,proud, pretty smile and most importantly give me back my self confidence!!
I want to smile and laugh and talk without covering my mouth! I want to be happy with my looks while I still got em! I want to have confidence! I need this!!!!!
PLEASE Please help me!!!!
PLEASE HELP A WOMAN'S LIFELONG DREAM COME TRUE!! BEFORE ALL HOPE IS GONE!
Any little bit helps...it took a lot of courage for me to ask, but I already feel better. Thank you much.