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A woman who had her teeth unnecessarily pulled out by a dentist has been gifted a sparkling new set of gnashers. See her transformation here:
Brittany Negler, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, turned to drugs after her brother died when he was just 18.
The 29-year-old blamed herself and fell into a crippling spiral which saw her teeth rot.
Recounting her story, she told Dr Kenny Wilstead: "For the longest time I thought I killed my brother. He had Ewing sarcoma. One day I woke up, I had a feeling not to go to school.
"So I went and laid in bed with him, and 15 minutes after I laid in bed with him, I heard him gasp and he died right there.
"I didn't know better, so I thought I killed him. Like, I thought I laid on his breathing tube or something.
"I went to a dark place, I'm not going to lie. I started hanging out with the bad kids, started doing drugs to numb the feeling. I got really depressed. I was like, 'I need to take care of myself.'"
However, when she went to the dentist to fix her teeth, they ended up removing them all and replacing them with oversized dentures, which made it difficult for her to eat.
Brittany said: "I went and got my records before I came here and it looks like they just made it up right before I came in.
"Because on there it says 'fixable by a root canal', but they never said anything about a root canal. They said my teeth weren't fixable; that they had to be pulled."
She said she was subsequently mocked on social media and decided to reach out to Dr Wilstead on Instagram when she reached her breaking point.
Mercifully, over a series of appointments, he was able to fit her with a pair of removable dentures and give her back her smile.
Brittany said the dentist has 'saved her life' and now she hopes to raise money for other people in the same situation she was in.
She said: "I recently had a traumatic dental experience and lost all my teeth and it messed me up mentally, emotionally and physically.
"I lost so much weight from not being able to eat and got really depressed and was about to give up, but a dentist and his wife from states away who were complete strangers seen [sic] the real me and decided to legit save my life and give me my smile and confidence back as a gift from them.
"I posted the whole experience on my TikTok and after seeing so many people struggling with the same issues and can't afford to smile again. I don't wish that pain on anyone and I'm trying to raise money to be able to help people smile again. Smiles really do change the world. I'm praying to start a non-profit to be able to help people smile and shine again."
You can follow Brittany's journey on her TikTok account.
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