Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Woman to Woman: Teeth Makeover
In tonight's woman to woman report, we've all heard you're never fully dressed without a smile. But imagine being so self-conscious about your teeth that you have to think twice about even smiling in pictures. Well tonight, that's about to change for two women. They are going to open wide for a dental makeover.
(WSVN) -- Say cheese...
Easy enough for you and me, but taking a picture is no Kodak moment for Marcia Nyako and Tricia Foster.
These women are self-conscious about their teeth.
"If I know if I'm in a photograph, a family photograph, I have a very, I actually try to cover up my smile," says Marcia.
Tricia says, "Most people just smile without thinking about it. Every time I smile I'm making a conscious decision: do I or do I not want to show my teeth."
Marcia's problem-- not that severe-- still she's been longing for a more sensational smile.
But Tricia's teeth troubles began as a teenager.
"I've never had any basic dental care done when I was younger because it was a really tight financial situation in my family," she says.
Tricia's learned to live with her overbite, but her teeth have tormented her so much, she even gave up singing and took up art.
Now, thanks to Dr. Gordon Sokoloff, both she and Marcia are about to undergo a drastic dental makeover.
"I would like to be able to be on vacation and just smile in a photograph," says Tricia.
First up, Marcia... Her teeth are shaped, then a mold of her mouth is made, which will be used to make porcelain veneers.
Dr. Sokoloff then glues the veneers to the front of her teeth, which will change her look forever.
Tricia's procedure is very similar but because of her severe dental problems, she has to undergo a root canal first.
"I'm also still a little bit nervous because it's a big change," Tricia says.
Then Tricia's teeth are filed down and a mold is made of her mouth.
That mold is sent to a lab, where a computer matches up her tooth color to veneers and crowns.
A few days later, Tricia's back at Dr. Sokoloff's office for her final transformation.
"You ready?" asks Dr. Sokoloff, "moment of truth..."
"This is it," she says, "here we go. Oh my God, wow!"
Remember Tricia's crooked smile before? And here's her happy grin after... The change is unbelievable.
"I can remember going to bed each night, and praying that God would fix my teeth," Tricia says. "It's such an overwhelming feeling. It's like a miracle happening to you."
"It's the most rewarding part of my job," says Dr. Sokoloff. "It's not only to change someone's smile but to change the way they feel about themselves."
As for Marcia, her smile before... acceptable... Now take a look -- it's exceptional.
"Oh, I love it," Marcia says. "I just love them. I can't wait to go on vacation again and jump in the middle of all the pictures.
Tricia's dental work cost about 10-thousand dollars.
Dr. Sokoloff not only donated the makeover, but you probably noticed her hair and makeup's different too... compliments of Myra and company.
That wraps up our month of makeovers.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dr. Gordon Sokoloff
Coral Gables Dentistry
220 Miracle Mile, Suite 228
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Zahn Technique, Inc.
Myra & Company Spa, Salon, Studio & Cafe
7313 SW 59th Court
South Miami, FL 33143