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Kristy – A Grand Dental Smile Story

A Grand Dental Blog Post by Dr. Eric Benefield

Kristy’s Transformation: A Grand Dental Success Story

Transcript of the video: Kristy’s Smile Story

Kristy's Smile Story

Kristy’s journey is one of the most dramatic full mouth rehabilitations I’ve encountered. As the manager of a local restaurant, she was often called to check on diners’ experiences, from ensuring the steak was perfectly cooked to addressing any service issues. Despite her professional facade, Kristy was deeply embarrassed by her teeth, a concern that traced back to childhood teasing by her sisters. This led to a profound self-consciousness about her appearance.

When Kristy visited my office, she revealed that she hadn’t allowed a photograph of herself from the front for over 21 years. Reviewing vacation photos, it was clear she either avoided the camera or only showed her back. The emotional toll was evident as she tearfully anticipated us taking her pictures. However, the advent of mandatory mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic offered her unexpected relief. With her face partially covered, she felt unjudged and free to express herself genuinely for the first time in years.

The thought of returning to a mask-free existence, where her teeth would once again be visible, was daunting for Kristy. Nevertheless, she was determined to change her situation. After undergoing surgery to place dental implants and new teeth that didn’t require removal, the transformation was profound. The following day, as we checked on her recovery, she burst into tears of joy upon seeing her new smile. This moment, captured on video, highlights the emotional release of years of pent-up anxiety and self-concealment.

Not long after, Kristy took her first-ever selfie, a testament to her newfound confidence and the dramatic change in her self-perception. Her story is a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to address long-standing personal discomforts. For anyone resonating with Kristy’s story, remember, it is possible to make a change, regardless of the years spent in hesitation.

Dr. Eric on the life-changing impact of this Smile Story.

Kristy’s Smile Story

At Grand Dental in Grand Junction, CO, we are privileged to witness many patients transform, but Kristy’s story is particularly inspiring. As a manager at a local restaurant, Kristy’s struggle with her smile was a daily challenge. Her discomfort with her appearance meant she was embarrassed every time she spoke with customers. For over twenty years, she had managed to avoid any direct photos of her face.

During her first visit to our office, Kristy was understandably nervous about taking photos for her dental records. This was a significant step for her, having avoided cameras for decades. She was very emotional, but ready to make a change.

The shift in Kristy’s outlook began during the COVID-19 pandemic with the requirement to wear masks. This unexpected change gave her a level of anonymity that allowed her to interact without fear of judgment. This newfound confidence led her to seek a permanent solution once masks were no longer required.

Choosing to undergo full-mouth rehabilitation, Kristy had all her teeth replaced with dental implants and permanent prosthetics in just one day. The transformation was immediate and profound.

The next morning, witnessing Kristy see her new smile for the first time was a deeply moving experience. She was overwhelmed with joy and described the change as life-changing. Her reaction underscored the impact of our work at Grand Dental.

Only a few days after her surgery, Kristy took the first selfie she felt proud of and shared it with us. This wasn’t just about her new appearance; it was about a whole new level of self-esteem and confidence.

Kristy’s story is a powerful reminder that it’s never too late for a transformation. If you relate to her experience and feel held back by dental concerns, Grand Dental is here to help. We aim to provide a supportive and caring environment where transformative changes happen.

If you’re ready to take the first step towards a confident new smile, contact us at Grand Dental. Let us help you find the joy and confidence that Kristy found in her transformative journey.

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“I chose Dr. Benefield after researching dentists in Grand Junction following a move from Arizona. I needed extensive work, including implants and a bridge. We discussed the cost and the time frame (about a year). After an exam, he quoted me a price for the total package. I could not have made a better choice. The whole staff are super careful about the pandemic, as well as very caring and professional. Dr. Benefield, (known in the office as ‘Dr Eric’), has worked diligently with me for the past 8 months and I couldn’t be happier with the results. He obviously enjoys what he does and makes every effort to make it as painless as possible.” ~ Jean

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