SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A mother of three is getting a brand new smile Friday. Michelle Silveira is the second recipient of the Second Chance program, a charitable community initiative put on by the Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center in Santa Maria.
"Well when I was 16, I got braces," recipient Michelle Silveira said.
That's right she had braces - but with her military parents splitting up and forcing her out of state, away from her orthodontist - her braces just never came off.
"So the braces actually sat on my teeth for 10 years," Silveira said.
Ten years of the braces scraping and deteriorating her teeth and Silveira developing a fear of going to the dentist.
"To the point where they were, the wire was still attached and they were rubbing on my teeth and wearing holes in them," Silveira said.
Silveira is having her final procedure Friday. The Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center says they couldn't be more excited for this single mother of three who is a child nutrition worker at a local school.
They say she's lived with disappointment and embarrassment for too many years and it's time she starts living with confidence and loving life.
"Super grateful," recipient Michelle Silveira said.
She's optimistic about what her future holds.
"Anything, really, I'm excited.. and I'll be smiling the whole time," Silveira said.
Last year, the Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center launched their program called Second Chance, where they selected two deserving women to receive new sets of teeth through full-arch replacements.
"Been practicing dentistry for 30 years and it never gets old to get the gratification feeling that you're actually doing some good for people," general dentist Dr. Eric Kirk said.
They say this is a procedure that will completely change the course of their lives and was unobtainable for them, as it typically runs about $50,000.