Hos can I go about getting a free smile makeover?

Q. Hi Dr. I was looking on the smile gallery and I see some smiles have been donated. How can I apply for a free smile. makeover? I’ve never been happy with my teeth. I used to have a tooth growing above my others in the gums so my local NHS dentist took out the tooth and another and gave me a bridge some 8 years ago. It used to fall out which was very embarrassing/demoralising and caused me all sorts of problens. I know they don’t have a long life cycle and even more so with the type of quality the NHS use. A good few years ago I was developing erosion/stained front teeth so my NHS dentist gave me two vaneers which are a different shape, size and colour to what they were. I’m now left with 4 ‘fake’ teeth of the poorest quality which I’m stuck with until they fall out. Needless to say I’m absolutely devestated, my teeth are horrible! I’m a fraction of the bubbly, confident person I used to be. Its affected my self esteem so much now that I won’t get into a relationship and even hinders friendships with people and family, I hardly ever laugh and smile with my mouth closed; there isn’t 1 photo of me showing my teeth. I find it so embarrassing to talk to anyone about it hence why I’ve not selected the box to have this published. I am studying to get a better job to afford the treatment but I won’t be finished for a few years and then in the current climate there might not be a job about for me. I feel like any moment I could become clinically depressed. Sorry for babbling on. I would be eternally grateful if you can help! Kind Regards ,
A. You can ask dentists if they will treat you. If not you could go to a teaching dental hospital to have treatment.
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September 18th, 2010 at 08:47 PM
elisha Says :

Dear dr patel im a 25 yr old single mum, with no confidence the problem is ive always had no self confidence! my teeth are absolutly affecting my social life,i feel alone and have no self worth.Ive spoke to my local dentist about fixing the problem and they say they dont do it on nhs.Im at college studying to become a beauty therapist and feel very unattractive being around others.Please could you help me to get a smile makeover as i dont have the financial support to go anywhere else.

July 31st, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Latifa penelope brown Says :

Good Afternoon Dr.
i am a young in mind 63yr old lady, just been through a tough few years, during this time my teeth have suffered, was ill for sometime but now recovered and healthy, but my teeth are just breaking off, and i have some receding gums. I went to three dentists but all they did was nothing really, took one look and told me i would need to have them out eventually, until then they would fall out themselves. I came away feeling ashamed and sad, as i used to have good teelh until 5 yrs ago. I asked the dentists if they would take out the remains of my broken teeth, but they just made excuses, i am scared to go back to my local ones now as i just feel so embarrashed. I have recently completed training for a qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist, but because of my teeth, and never smiling, i feel i cannot start my own practice up, and get any work at all. My daughters tell me to go back and complain but i am not the complaining type. I would be willing for students to work on my teeth if i can regain my smile, i think i would need a fair bit of work but really no dentist has offered me a dental plan, and i did go 4 years ago when things were not so bad. Recently 10 months ago, and the lady dentist didn’t seem really bothered to help.I just don’t want to have removable dentures, so have been putting things off.
I do not know what to do as the private dentist clinics are so expensive for me right now, as i am living on my pension.
I may be 64 but i am shutting myself away in my home, hope you may have some suggestions.
Thanks Latifa

August 13th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Brodie Says :

I have not been to a dentist for over 10 years i have missing teeth and two broken ones plus crowns and i worn bridge. Have I any hope for a nice smile again?

August 13th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ryder Says :

Yes ,emphatically yes ! But you have to take action to get there ! Firstly you have to find a suitable dentist . You will have to invest time , possibly money , and above all find the inner resources to start the journey . I suggest you look at http://www.dentalfearcentral.org to help you with this

August 16th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
stacey ramshaw Says :

hi i am 26 years old i really hope you can help me i am so ashamed of my teeth i have looked eveywhere to see if i can get a free smile makeover as i cant afford to pay for it right now i was looking on line at dental hospitals to see about students to fix them i was so out going had lots of friends now i dont go out i just stay in i feel like i have lost all my confidence my mum and sister say that i am pretty but i really think its taking over my life this is all i think about please please can you help?

August 24th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Anaya Says :

I doubt you’ll find anyone who can do it for free but contact your local dental hospital and see what they say

August 26th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Frances Says :

I would like so much if i could get help with my smile. I have lost one of the front crown in my upper teeth. I spend so much money back in 1995 to have they done correctly so that i would not loose my front teeth and I did. I so much like to enter a contest to try to find a donated smile. I’m 58 years old and don’t have any insurance that would assist me. Can you help me?

Kind regards

November 15th, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Yelines Says :

I love too have a pretty smile I dnt like too smile cus I have ugly teeth

May 10th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Ashley Finlay Says :

Hi I am a mother of 3 and I’m 26 years old on social asst. I have been trying every possible way I can to try and find help to get my teeth fixed. I cry myself to. Sleep every night because all day long in public and at home I can’t smile cause my teeth are so bad. I was never able to smile at anyone for as long as I can remember. I am bagging anyone who has a heart and can help me any way at all plz do. I’m just so tired of being so embarrest to not be able to show off a smile. I will stay in contact with who helps me because you would be the one to change my life forever and I wouldent be able to thank you enough times. Plz help me .. I try every thing I can but it seems like it never works for people like me and I live in canada in a small town called grandfalls windsor so a lot of people don’t even know were that is. I really wznt this more then anything plz someone help me.

June 28th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Holly Says :

To have normal looking, straight teeth would just be amazing! I am comfortable with myself but my teeth have been a problem for years due to lack of dentist trips as a child, I’m only 20 years old and I am ashamed to smile, I take the best care of my teeth now they’re just suffering from the neglect previously. Currently I am working on a low wage and I can’t afford to get them sorted properly, any help or advise that could be offered to me would be much appreciated. Thank you

April 7th, 2014 at 08:47 PM
layla Says :

hi my name is leila im 28 my story never been told ive been to my local dentist and he advised me to go to net for free dental make over ,implants,5 years ago ive been raped…depressed,abused phisicalylost 2of my front thooh gone on drugs lost more of my front teeth ,i used to have good jobs,modeling..ect,i dont go out anymore coz of my teeth ,by the way im of drugs for almost 2years and half,still i dont see a way out with out my teeth,so pls if u can help it can give me my life back,ive been tr a lot and i manage to comeout but the damage mean my teeth is done it the only things still didnt get ,coz u have the key doctor thank you

May 3rd, 2014 at 08:47 PM
ms cook Says :

I would love to have a perfect smile, for as long as i can remember i have had very over crowded teeth top and bottom and i would love them sorting out ,it would be a challenge please help.

June 16th, 2014 at 08:47 PM
glyn Says :

i havent been out of my flat for 6yrs as lost teeth and cant afford to get them done. how can i get my life back

July 12th, 2014 at 08:47 PM
Henry – Says :

Dear Dr Riten Patel,

To say that i am comfortable with my present state of teeth is an understatement! Just close to 2 years now, I found out that my wife was committing adultery. When i asked her about it, she become very defensive and on coming back from work the next day, i found my things in black bin bags waiting for me at the door. She had thrown me out of the house. We have 3 wonderful kids.
So i slept in the car for a number of days. On one occasion, a gang of about 3-4 hooded unidentified guys found me sleeping in the back of the car, they broke the front window, opened the car and dragged me out to a thunderbolt of beatings and kicks to my body. One of them kicked me so hard on my mouth with his steel toe capped shoes that two front upper teeth and one bottom lower teeth fell out and with another lower teeth still in but loose and out of line with the rest and leaning forward.
I have been through a lot since that day, and can honestly say that i can not afford to fix my teeth. My kids have been taken from their mum and are currently in care. Yesterday, i managed to meet with them for the first time in 2 years (as their mother denied me my right to have a relationship with my kids, despite the monthly support i was giving), and my oldest said, ” daddy, you look different! What happened?” I was so embarrassed!
I have lost confidence, and due to the wide gaps in my teeth, am not able to smile and laugh with other people the way i used to in the past and live alone. Not being able to eat fruits like apples, like i used to do, is heart breaking. Dr. I will be so honoured and forever grateful and indebted to you and your team, if you could accord me a free smile make over! Thank you very much and i look forward to hearing from you.

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