“I think my dental history is pretty typical. I had a lot of cavities as a young man, they turned into crowns and bridges, and then the bridges failed and I had gaps in my mouth. Then I lost a tooth up front, and that was the final straw for me. I’m in front of people all the time and my smile was important to me. I was so self conscious of that one missing tooth that I started looking for fixes…”
“I’ve always taken pretty good care of my teeth. In my late twenties I had to go in for scaling and a lot more dental cleanings because I found out I had periodontal disease. For years and years, I would go to the dentist four times a year to maintain the teeth that I had. In my thirties, my teeth started moving and I started losing them. Gradually by the time I’d lost three teeth, I knew I had to find a solution…”
“We were on our family vacation out in Connecticut. It was our first day, and everyone was outside – all the grandkids and everyone. My oldest brother challenged me to a race down the driveway with the kids’ scooters. As we came around the bend, the whole family was standing there. I wiped out, face planted and knocked a lot of my front teeth out. It was a horrible experience. I woke up the next morning thinking it was a nightmare. Walking around with no teeth was terrifying…”
“When I was a young kid, I had a sports injury: I hit my tooth against someone’s head. It killed the tooth, and it became black within 30 days of the accident. I had to get a root canal and a crown. A few years later, a second tooth died. I ended up with a bridge. I was constantly flossing just to try to keep it clean. I didn’t feel confident biting into apples or corn on the cob, so I cut them. I would rip sandwiches into bite-sized pieces rather than biting them. When I smiled, it wasn’t quite as big of a smile as I would have liked to have had…”
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