New smile for walk down aisle
IT took determination, years of pain and the overwhelming kindness of a stranger to do it, but Caroline Michell is a new woman.
The Gin Gin mother has undergone 11 months of dental work to replace every tooth in her mouth after a folic acid deficiency left her teeth rotten and disintegrated.
After reading of Ms Michell's plight in the News Mail where it was revealed she was facing an eight-year wait for work to be done by a public dentist, staff at Harris Dental Boutique in Bargara offered a helping hand, providing free dental treatment which finished last week, just in time for her wedding on Saturday.
“I burst into tears when I saw they were finished,” Ms Michell said.
“I went between every four and six weeks. It was painful at the beginning but all worth it in the end.”
Ms Michell said she used to be terrified of the dentist, but now it was just like home.
“I used to sit in the waiting room shaking but Lincoln (Harris) makes me feel very comfortable,” she said.
“He and the team have been so fantastic.”
The mother of three said her diet consisted of soups and soft stews before the work, but not anymore.
“It was so hard to eat because of the pain and infection,” she said.
“It's nice to be able to eat again. I've been having soft meats and chips and I should be ready for a steak by the end of next week.”
However, Ms Michell said food was not the best part about her new teeth.
“It's just nice to be able to smile again,” she said.
“I can go out in public and not feel embarrassed.”
Ms Michell said she barely recognised herself in the mirror.
“I feel amazing,” she said.
“It's like I'm a different person.” She will walk down the aisle on Saturday and looks forward to seeing the photos.
“The photos would have been horrible before,” she said.
“I'm very excited.”
Ms Michell said she could not be more grateful to the Harris Dental Boutique for doing the work and Member for Burnett Rob Messenger who revealed her dilemma.
“They have all been so great,” she said. “Without them, this never would have been done.”