This mom was forced to wear when she was just 31 due to gum disease.
Dakila Mccombs, 31, has had problems with her teeth since she had braces removed at the age of 22 and six teeth fell out.
She had been feeling incredibly uncomfortable with her teeth since a severe gum infection completely destroyed not only the soft tissues but also the bones supporting her teeth.
The mother-of-two, from Tennessee, USA, took the plunge and decided to have her teeth extracted and bought a set of dentures for a whopping $2,274.33.
She revealed: “I’ve had dentures for a year now and it’s the best thing I’ve ever had.
“I have lived half my life in the shadows and unable to express myself.”
While most adults have 32 teeth, Dakila had only 20 by the time she turned 30.
She went so far as to use dental wax, which is used on braces, to shape false teeth to fill in her gaping smile.
Although she confessed that her teeth were never the best, once her braces were removed, six of her teeth came out with them.
“I was devastated and horrified,” she confessed.
Things went from bad to worse and the enamel continued to deteriorate and a dentist suggested dentures.
She said: “I’ve always been a bubbly person, but I felt like I couldn’t be myself because I didn’t want to smile or laugh to show my mouth.
“I had been at my lowest for years.
“I taught myself to speak with my mouth almost closed or to cover my mouth with my hand.
It wasn’t until the pandemic that she knew something had to change.
“It was a big relief during the pandemic and we had to wear masks because I felt like my confidence was coming back.
“I felt like the old one made me feel optimistic again and that’s when I knew I really needed dentures.”
Dakila’s health insurance paid $3,960 for the remaining teeth to be extracted in December 2020.
She then had eight more removed in April 2021 and fitted dentures costing less than $2,485.
“Life is better without my real teeth and I’m not afraid to show my gums or my dentures anymore.
“Dental prostheses are associated with the elderly because young people are too shy to express themselves.
“I hope to normalize dentures!”
Although she has a positive view of her new series of gnashers, Dakila is often the subject of harsh comments online.
She said: “I get a lot of backlash when I have my teeth removed online, but I try to educate others.
“When you’re young and you lose your teeth, people automatically lose your teeth because of drugs.
“I inherited gum disease because it runs through my family, so I was doomed from the start.
“I’ve been called a catfish but I don’t care because I have a supportive fiancé, Tim Simmons, 32, who loves me for me.
“I used to be negative about myself, but now I have great teeth and I know they look good so no one can bring me down.
“I want other people to know that they are beautiful and that their gummy smile is the best smile.
“Whatever your story, always rise.”
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.
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