Grand Junction Mom Doesn't Have to Super Glue Teeth After Makeover

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

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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  • by Bad Teeth Location: Texas on Aug 6, 2010 at 08:39 AM
    I am extremely happy for GJ Mom. I know exactly how she feels as I am in the same boat right now. Yayyyyy!!! Good for you. ;-)
  • by Jon Location: here on May 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM
    Good for you you got your teeth fixed. You are a hero.... O wait may be it is dentist who is a real hero here? After all he paid for your teeth from his pocket. Lets change the system so allof the dentist pay for all of the treatment. That will be good for our country. Then we will get to "change the system" so we don't have to pay for utilities,taxes, and so on.........
  • by September Location: Grand Junction on May 4, 2009 at 06:51 PM
    My name is September and I am the woman ya'll are conversing about. First off let me say my diet has NOTHING to do with why my teeth are the way they are and let me also say I Know there are always gonna be haters in why I was able to recieve help! I get the fact that there are people in my situation EVERYWHERE which is why I brought it up. My teeth have nothing to do with how I took care of my teeth...no I was not on Meth LOL I just happened to be like alot out there with the problems I have. No it is not hand out but a hand up, it is about people helping people.....Can you believe this one lil ol bottle of cheap superglue saved my life for years.ALOT of ppl out there have had babies(good cause for bad teeth I might add) but what about ALL the other reasons out there? It is NOT all about drugs or diet it is also hereditary. I am GRATEFUL and I hope others get the help I did!!!!
  • by Peter Location: Canada on May 1, 2009 at 02:59 PM
    Negative comments are not towards the Mom. She I bet you pay for cable, but could't /read wouldn't pay for her teeth. insted lets make it a big news and wow to change the system , just like in communist countries so everyone will not have to pay for enything. But if you pay for nothing you should not be expecting something. The teeth were not done for free, Dentist payed lab, paid his help(assistants...) So kudos to the dentist . Realy this story should ob been about generous dentist that paid from his pocket to fix hersmile and not about " superglue mom"
  • by Bethany Location: Anna on Apr 30, 2009 at 02:02 PM
    Just because someone's teeth are bad doesn't mean their not clean. I am 25 years old and my teeth are falling apart because of my GERD. I can't afford to take Nexium and the other medications don't help. I have no choice but to watch my teeth rot away. I can't afford dental work or insurance. I have been dealing with messed up teeth since my adult teeth came in and I don't think that I will ever be able to smile with confidence. So for people to say it's the person's own fault is not true. You can have bad teeth run in your family as well. My brother never got 13 of his teeth and my cousin has a similar story. I am happy that she got her teeth fixed I just wish others could get the same luxury.
  • by rnr on Apr 29, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    I think she looks so much better and you can tell her confidence was much higher in the follow up interview. While I don't think everyone deserves a hand out, she was given a "hand up" to receive thousands of dollars of dental work that hopefully will make a big difference in her overall life. I am disappointed that there are so many negative comments on this board. Be glad for your neighbor and not so demeaning.
  • by jc on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    Maybe they should, instead of milking the consumer for every penny they have in order to pay those loans. and it seems as though FREE was offered in this case, now didnt it?.
  • by Rev Cheryl Location: Seattle WA on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:22 PM
    Thank You Jesus for providing for this family! I agree, Bless the dentists that responded and offered to help! To those who are verbally abusing this blessed woman: the Bible says you will reap what you sow, you might consider repenting for your own sake. Thank You KKCO for covering the story and what you did to help!!! May this be the beginning of a new season of favor not only for the woman and her family but for the dentists and station that covered this to prosper also. Trust His Heart: The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, full of unfailing love. Ps 145:8;Cast all your cares on Him, for HE cares for you! 1Pet 5:7. YOU CAN STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and VERBAL ABUSE!!!! IT IS A CHOICE TO STOP!
  • by jim Location: whitewater on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    only in grand junction does a womans sob story about her rotted teeth make headlines.
  • by Sean on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    Superglue isn't that toxic-- after all, it's used all of the time in emergency rooms as a cosmetic alternative to sutures. As far as dentists "sucking" cash out of people-- are the supposed to offer their services for free? Many are graduating from school with $300,000 in student loans-- should they go on KKCO to whine about that?
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