Ever since I was 6 years old, I couldn’t ever smile openly.
I either smiled with my mouth closed or I automatically closed my mouth with my hand when I laughed. Nobody ever teased me, but I always felt uncomfortable and had no confidence in my smile.
When I lived in Russia, dentists would make me wear some retainers, which never worked. Then, the orthodontics became more known in Russia, and my parents took me to the orthodontist, who said “There is nothing I can do except to take four teeth out and then push the rest of the teeth together with braces.” My parents refused to put me through such a procedure and lose four healthy teeth at 15. I thought that I would have crooked teeth for the rest of my life.
When I came to the U.S., I went to a couple of orthodontists, who eventually told me the same thing, trying to convince me that everything would look great, and there is nothing wrong with taking “some” teeth out.
I didn’t give up my hope, and I would go through orthodontics advertisements in newspapers on a daily basis. When I saw Dr. Weiner’s ad, which promised that no teeth would be taken out
, I made an appointment right away. Now two years later, I am very pleased with the results, and I can't stop smiling (making up for all those years that I couldn’t smile).
Thanks to Dr. Weiner, who made me a much happier and confident person.