A Grand Junction mom who was supergluing her teeth because she couldn't afford dental work can now throw away that glue for good.
A cosmetic dentist who saw our story in March emailed us and did a smile makeover on September Williamson. 11 News Reporter Jessica Zartler has more on how the change is changing her life.
"My kids have never really seen me smile. My husband says he misses it," September Williamson told 11 News in March.
She was in tears when she told us she had to use super glue to keep her teeth from falling out.
"When I talk to people a lot of times i have my hand over my mouth."
The mother of three had insurance but it didn't cover the thousands of dollars in work she needed.
After our story aired, hundreds of emails poured in and a cosmetic dentist offered a solution.
It took lots of planning and week in in Los Angeles but now September has a new smile.
"I feel younger, giddy," Williamson told 11 News on Monday.
It took 40 hours of dental work but Williamson says it was worth the pain.
"I can eat normally now, I have higher self esteem, more energy now so i'm working out and I'm taking better care of myself."
Once embarrassed to smile, she says now she can't stop.
"My son made the comment, mom I love your new smile, you smile so much more now. It's made a big difference not just in my life but the people around me."
But even though she can look in the mirror without being embarrassed, she knows there are other women who may never get the makeover she had.
"There are thousands, even hundreds of thousands out there that have the same problem."
She's hoping her story will spark change in the health care system and inspire others to help.
"If there was just one dentist in every town that would commit their time in volunteering to help one person in that town throughout the whole U.S.--that's a lot of people that could be helped," said Williamson.
Because she says she doesn't' want another mom to have to make the choice she did--a decision between taking care of her teeth and taking care of her children.
September Williamson has one more trip out to L.A. for the cosmetic dentist to put the finishing touches on her dental work.
She wants to send a special thank to the people who made her smile makeover possible-- 1SEO Experts, Dr. Bernie Villadiego and Staybridge Suites in Chatsworth, CA.
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