This story is a tear jerker. Ashley came to our office after her aunt contacted a local television station for help. She had been in the foster care system after both parents ended up in jail. Raised with a life of neglect and abuse, Ashley was doing good just to survive. When her aunt gained custody, she found Ashley’s mouth to be in terrible shape. As well, Ashley was in pain from her teeth but also emotionally from kids teasing her about her smile.When I first saw Ashley she would not talk to us. We came up with a plan to help her but she was so withdrawn she wouldn’t participate in her appointments. Our plan was to do 15 root canals and completely rebuild her mouth with state of the art porcelain veneers and crowns.When the process was complete, Ashley still would not speak with us. She was protecting herself emotionally so tightly that she just didn’t know what to say.However, when we saw her 2 weeks after completion, we found a brand new Ashley. She had transformed in to a very outgoing teenager. She told us she was now happy, had new friends at school, could eat whatever she wanted, and it no longer hurt to brush her teeth. We all got hugs and thank yous for giving her a new smile.I think we helped to change her life.