Meet Our Smile Again Recipient, Briana Stringfield!
Bri Tells Us About Her Dental Health:
I have had extremely poor dental health since I was a little girl. I remember my father saying that I had to have teeth extractions and root canals performed before I even grew my permanent teeth. I have gone through countless rounds of antibiotics throughout my life. I have taken anywhere from 400 mg to 1200 mg of ibuprofen and 500 mg to 2000 mg of acetaminophen a day (it’s rare and far and few between that I don’t wake up with mouth pain) starting about around the age of 17. I can barely chew my food for fear of another piece breaking off, and brushing my teeth has become such a painful process that the rot has spread throughout my mouth, leaving maybe six or seven teeth untouched.
Bri Tells Us Why Restoring Her Smile Is Important to Her:
I am 28 years old, and I have my whole life ahead of me. I am naturally outgoing and love being around people; however, since my teeth have taken a turn for the worse, I have become a complete shut-in. If I do find myself in a group of people, I don’t talk or try to get any attention my way. If I am confronted and need to talk, my heart starts pounding, and my face is so hot, I feel like crying. People see bad teeth, and they instantly judge you. I have never done drugs in my life, but that is automatically assumed when people catch a glimpse of my teeth. I have had to go to emergency doctors for tooth pain before and have been asked to submit urine samples multiple times. It’s completely humiliating but never once has any substance ever been in my system. I just want to live again. I would like to be able to give someone a smile that doesn’t make me cry.
Bri Tells Us Why She Thinks She Is a Good Candidate for the Smile Again Program:
This is always a hard one. Having horrible oral health has made me into a very humble person. Like I said earlier, I am outgoing, and I love to be around people. I want to live a life where I can feel confident and help others, at this point. However, I have a hard time getting out there much at all. I am not sure what would make me a better candidate than the next person that has this kind of pain, physical or emotional (and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy), but given the opportunity, I wouldn’t waste another moment of my second chance at life and see if I couldn’t, in turn, repay that to other people. Not only would this opportunity change my smile, but it would also change my life.
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