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Tonya's Success Story: A New Smile

Tonya is a home health aide and has been embarrassed by her smile for years.  Her teeth have been bad since she was a child and she confided in her case manager that last Fall she had been using crazy glue to keep the caps on her teeth! They searched for affordable dental care, but everything was going to cost $3000+.  The Development Director shared this story with a friend of theirs, who is a Dental Hygienist at Blue Ridge Dentistry. They asked Tonya to come in for a consultation.  

After meeting with her and hearing her story, they cleaned her teeth, extracted the bad ones, repaired the ones they could and gave her a bridge, all free of charge! She now has a beautiful smile and it didn't cost her or WAMY anything!  

Tonya is thrilled to have a smile she is proud of, “I kept putting my hand up over my mouth and my daughter said, ‘Mom, you don’t have to cover your mouth anymore.’ No, I don’t. I can’t stop smiling!”

There are some amazing people in the world that love helping others and expect no accolades for it. We are in awe at Blue Ridge Dentistry’s generosity and compassion. What an incredible story!

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