Mouth Makeovers for Meth Moms

Tonight at 10:00, The Tyra Banks Show will be giving makeovers to disfigured recovering meth addicts in a thrilling episode titled "Makeovers for Life: Meth Faces."
Tyra wrote a letter to the ladies, explaining how proud she was of them for kicking their addictions. She revealed they would all receive a life-changing makeover to erase the physical scars of their past. Their first stop was The Ora Dentistry Spa to have their teeth examined and repaired by Dr. Sam Saleh. Next, they visited top skin specialist Dr. Ava Shamban at the Laser Institute for Dermatology and Skin Care to take care of their severe skin damage. Finally, they were sent to the Warren-Tricomi Salon, where they were treated to new hair color and cuts.
I know what you're thinking. Buying a shiny new grill for a meth addict re-enforces their destructive behavior. One might ask how people will learn to stop getting wasted on meth if Tyra Banks is going around getting them dental surgery.

Well according to the Tyra Banks Show, meth chooses you, not the other way around:
From CEO’s to soccer moms, meth has no preference.
I don't know about that, but in fairness to Tyra, her approach to the meth problem makes infinitely more sense than almost anything that's been tried so far.

Next week on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington and the gang will help victims of wrong address SWAT raids re-plaster their walls and replace their slain pets with cuddly new ones.
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daughter needs help

kyra i hope u can help my 23 year old daughter did drugs for 2 years since than she got off her self shes a very pretty women she has a 2 year old and a 3 month old she cry's all the time cause her teeth are really bad she has no insurance and cant get no help can you please please help her? her address is 9770 comanche lane quinlan texas 75474 her name is jennifer jones please write her and let her know who could help she says she will do anything to get them fixed so her kids dont think shes ugle please help thank you mildred jones.

Teeth

Dear Tyra,
I have just read about the increadible gift you gave those well deserving women. Some people don't understand what a increadibly brave thing it is to kick the habit of drugs, I do. I to was sucked into theWorld of drugs and I was one of the lucky ones. I lost everything in my struggle but gained a life. I had lost my first husband at twenty-seven to cancer. I was left with two small children at the time. I had never done drugs before. I looked around one day and thought how did I get here. I writing because an angel that fell from the sky into my life. He is now my husband. He is a beautiful man inside and out. He has really bad teeth, the worse I've ever seen. To me he is beautiful. I hate that he tries not to smile because he is such a joyous person. I am working two jobs and he is as well. We can not have children together. I cannot give him the gift of life but I would love to see him smile he deserves all the happiness in the for the life he gave to me. Can you help? If not it's ok because I love what you do and you can't help everyone. Peace and Grace To you. Susan(savannah)13 cromwell place Savannah, GA 31410 912-354-4522

help for meth mouth

i want to know if anyone is aware of any kind of financial aid to fix meth mouth. My fiance has been clean for a couple of years now and has gotten her life together. The problem is her teeth took a beating during her addiction and she lives in fear of her teeth going bad on her now. She has frequent pain and is in constant terror of going to the dentist, she cant afford the work and just doesnt know what to do. If anyone has any input on this please email me at [email protected]. Thanks

HELP FOR METH MOUTH

My sister said something to me that just broke my heart. She told me I would be so beautiful if I got my teeth fixed, I know that she meant it with all goodness but I need help. I cant afford it. anyone know of any financial aid please e-mail me. [email protected]

I need a hand up not a hand out

Hello,my name is Shelly I am a single mother of two beutiful children and this month i will be sober from meth for two years its a daily struggle Ive overcome alot including domestic abuse and homelessness,but my teeth are so bad I want to be able to hold my head up hi when Im out in the world,but i cant afford and most of all I want my children to be proud to be with me not be embarrassed because mommy has black teeth if anybody can help me please email me at [email protected]

DESPERATELY wanting to smile again!!!!

Hello, my name is Shane I am a 32 year old recovering meth user. I have been clean for over a year now. I guess you can say that hindsight is 20/20, because if I knew then what I know now, I would never have used meth that very first time. Due to an almost 5 year habit I am now suffering with meth mouth and it's hard to smile with a mouth as messed up as mine. I am an all around happy person and love making people laugh, but I hate not being able to belt out a hardy laugh for fear that I will be ridiculed for the condition of my teeth. I am looking to totally turn my life around and getting my teeth fixed would be one of the biggest steps in my recovery. I wanna be able to smile again without being ashamed. I am not looking for a hand out just a hand up, more or less. I would be willing to pay back any money that is spent helping with my problem. Is there any websites that I could visit that would lead me in the right direction in this matter. I mean, are there actually people out there that are willing to help out. If you or anyone knows what direction I should go in in my search please feel free to email me. Thanks in advance for any help that you can give. You can email me at [email protected]. I am looking forward to hearing from anyone soon.

This is kind of fucked up...

This is kind of fucked up... I have "meth mouth" and I don't even do meth.

my self esteem

hello my name is Stuart Hodges, and i have meth mouth. getting a job with meth mouth is very hard. apperance is the first thing an employer sees. and for that fact apperance is everything now days. i would love to find a dentist to reverse my meth mouth and let me get on with the life i left off ten years ago. i've been clean and sober from meth for over 5yrs. i've started college, started a new life and i even have a new baby on the way. there is only one thing i miss now and thats my smile, someone please help. sincerly Stuart W Hodges

please help

I have been clean from meth,since 2004.I was in a abusive relationship for 13 years.lost my kids! becuase of meth! i got myself in to rehabe .did one six month live in program,and five,outpatiant programs one right after the other! loseing my kids was death to me! the worst of it all was, what I put my babys through!  I was going to chang this! I allso had my older childern staying with my mom..so i worked hard as I could!! I moved to Colorado were my mom was,got a place,good job,I was working with two states now,GOT MY BABYS BACK! All 7 of my kids,were home! WE/I have never been happer! but I have one more thing,that reminds me,and others,that I was a meth user. That is my teeth! i want to smile the way i feel now! I credit my childern ,and the most wonderful counselers,and my mom.for saving my life!  Please Help Me!!!

I have meth mouth

I have meth mouth and I'm 25 years old. I started using when I was 11 and now I don't have one single tooth in my mouth that is good. It's getting worse and worse. I stopped using drugs before I became a mom and it's pretty sad to say that my one year old has more teeth than I do.

I have meth mouth

I have meth mouth and I'm 25 years old. I started using when I was 11 and now I don't have one single tooth in my mouth that is good. It's getting worse and worse. I stopped using drugs before I became a mom and it's pretty sad to say that my one year old has more teeth than I do.

Meth mouth aide

I was addicted to meth for 5 years, I have been clean for 6 years now. I can not even remember that lifestyle, I quit cold turkey. I have a good job that I have been at for ove 5 years, I am a single father of a beautiful 4 yr old little girl who repeatedly asks her daddy what's wrong with his teeth. I have absolutely no recollection of my horrid life draining past until I look in the mirror. I would gladly pay I just need to know if there is an assistance program that is out there. [email protected]

meth mouth is killing me slowly

hello my name is jamie i am 29, my dad started cookn meth when i was ten yrs old and my whole world has been crazy ever sence. i lost my mother and two sisters to the needle, they were alive but never the same. i always planned to be the strong one i hated meth there was no way id do that stuff. my dad got busted and was sentenced ten yrs n the arkansas dep of corrections, so i was left with friends i was 14. pretty soon there meth supply was gone along with all the money so i was kicked out on the streets. it was then when i gave up and stopped fighting it, i became a daily user i dropped out of school and took off to michigan with a man that i later married. i had my first son n 2000 he was diagnosed with cereabal palsy. i went bck to school and got my g.e.d. my husband got busted sent to prison, he is now on his 3rd trip and serving 20 yrs. i had my 2nd son n 02 both of my kids ive lost to there grandparents i dont even get a visit. i dot have any money its hard to find a job my mouth is really bad i cant hardly eat i cant smile my self confidence is gone i still struggle everyday with my addiction i believe that ill have to take it one day at a time for the rest of my life, but i miss my kids and i am suffering with meth mouth im ashamed to look anyone in the eye they would judge me. i need some help from anyone who could show me what i need to do so i can fix my life and get my babys back.. Thank you for your time God bless you sincerly jamie

I need help with meth mouth can anyone help me please.

I was a meth addict for 10 years of my life and I am now 29 years old, and i can't even get a job because I have this huge fear that people will look at my mouth and not hire me.  I was abused in my early years of using and in one of the episodes of my ex he knocked my 4 front teeth out.  After that they came  out one by one Because I started using even heavier then.  I would  do anything to have teeth.  even dentures.  I cry all the time because life being sober is sooooo hard.  It has almost been a year since the last time I used Its really hard to stay clean.  I have no insurance and I just want to live a normal life but how do you do that with the way i look.  I get all these nasty glares because my teeth are nasty.  who am i kidding I don't even have any whole teeth anymore.  I live in phoenix, az the meth capital of the world.  Can anyone help me even if i have to do Payments.  Please. Tanya

A Familiar Story

Throughout my entire life, my teeth have been a problem. My Mother lost all of her teeth by the time she was 16. She was NOT an addict, she just had weak teeth. Going to the dentist as a child was always traumatic for me. Every time I went, there was a problem: cavities (5-6 at a time) braces, head gear, retainers etc. My parents spent a small fortune on my teeth. Eventually, after I moved out of the house I began to ignore going to the dentist for regular visits because I hated it so much and never had enough money. I went only when there was pain and I could afford it. I've had several root canals and am no stranger to enduring extreme dental pain. After many years of not caring properly for my teeth, the problem compounded itself: When I did have pain, I was too embarrassed to have a dentist see my teeth. There was an occasion when I did go to a dentist that he made a very insulting remark (although true) to me which has always lived on in my conscience. Up until this point, I had never tried methamphetamines.

 

In retrospect, my teeth were in great shape! 

 

I had never heard of Meth Mouth until it was mentioned on the TV show "Breaking Bad" which I've just recently seen. Suddenly it all began to make sense. In my late 30's I became addicted to meth. It lasted almost three years before I finally had had enough. I saw my health, my life, my business, all spiraling downward and fortunately was able to quit, cold turkey. It's now been more than 10 years and I haven't touched any drug whatsoever. My teeth kept getting worse and worse to the point where I would never smile. Today, I am married and have 2 beautiful kids. My daughter always asks why my teeth are so broken and brown. I don't want to go out anywhere or speak to anyone in person for the sheer embarrassment of it all. I don't know what people say about my teeth behind my back but can only imagine it's based on the horrible truth. All these years I had no idea that the mess my teeth are in now is due largely to my previous meth addiction. I've become a recluse and feel that the rest of my life will be forever spent in hiding. When our kids are older I feel as though they'll never bring their friends to our house due to their embarrassment. 

 

My story is a very long one with many roads however at this juncture I am unemployed and I know that it's because no one will hire me do to my teeth. I was a very successful business owner and have had moderate success in the music business before that. I have the ability to do many things very well but feel I'm relinquished to the rut I'm in now due to the fact that I can't open my mouth for anyone. Other than my wife and two children, I feel as though my life is useless. I've had a non stop, high pitched ringing in my ears now for years. When I move my neck it sounds as if cartilage is crunching inside my head. I get the sense that my teeth are solely responsible for many physical discomforts in my life.

 

I wish I'd never in my life, ventured down that road to drug addiction.

will u help me forget?

Hi im 27 and need to move on from a meth past but its hard to do so when my teeth remind me everyday im going on 1yr sober and really need help to erase a painful memory so thanks for your time and have a great year

Praying for guidance

Tyra, I want to first off thank you for making me realize that beauty is only skin deep and it truly takes a great personality to make a beautiful person. 2nd.. I am not writing this for a handout simply a push in the right direction. I have been fighting a Meth addiction for 12 years now. I say that because I used to be able to walk away after a binge. Stay clean for 2 or 3 years and then I would relapse. In 2006 I graduated with my associates degree in criminal justice in hopes of becoming a mentor / drug counselor for kids. I was married into a severely abusive situation where again I was forced to use. In 2008 my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I relapsed again. I got clean and was clean till I miscarried in 2010. After 2 and half month binge I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter. From that point on my daughter has been my saving grace. Her name is Gracie and she is almost 2. I have now been clean since February 14th 2011. I have severe Meth mouth along with a cleft lip and palate so it is hard enough for me to even be sociable and laugh. I'm looking for help in the right direction. I am stuck in a dead end gas station job because no one will give me a chance. My Gracie is my everything. I want to be able to give her the best and give her what she deserves for saving my life. Can u please give me a direction. I have medicaid but Tennessee doesn't do dental work on medicaid for adults and I don't know what else to do. Thanks

mom with meth mouth

Hi my name is crystal I've been clean for 10 years but I've got really bad teeth because of the drugs its hard for me to get work because everybody thinks im on drugs. my kids dont want me around there friends because of my teeth i cant affored to get my teeth fixed. so if u can help out w that i want to look better in my teeth

Hi , my names Samantha . I

Hi , my names Samantha . I suffered from depression all my life, as well as my 42 year old mother who is a recovering meth addict , (12 years) or more She's on her six years or recovery, and I know she would love a makeover. She has me (20) n my brother who's now four. She hates how she looks an has no insurance coverage for dental. I know she deserves this. Samantha Starr, Minnesota . Please help.

Please help my Mother regain her life and confidence

I'm writing to you in hopes to shed some light on a person who once could brighten the room with just her smile! My mothers name is Fern Carrette age forty six and a mother of five, grandmother to one beautiful grandson. She was raised in a very small community, Gardnerville Nevada, which I'm sure most have never heard of. My mother suffered many abuses as a child and had us kids at a very young age. Three by the age of twenty, all three in diapers, two on bottles and one breast feeding in fact. I believe this distanced my mother from the normal teenage activities most encounter as a teen, along with growing up in an alcoholic environment, the stigma she received living in a small town led to the beginning of a long hard struggle and battle with drugs. Please note I am not justifying the drug use or the mental anguish it caused us as a family, but please realize had you known the woman and mother we remember you would be amazed at her ability to love unconditionally, never judge, always willing to offer a smile which radiated a warmth that was so contagious. I remember her always being willing to open the door to anyone in need and loving us with every fiber of her being! Then in an instance our childhood and our mother as we new her vastly faded away. We were separated as children each living with one of our aunts and uncles, patiently waiting for a mother who would not return. I know my mother fought hard with many knock downs and I today am so proud of her for being willing to get back up, no matter how hard, or what attrocities she had created, traumas she endured through that lifestyle, or how we as a family treated her due to our own anger and resentments. I believe she fought for us because her true love in life was to be a mom!! My mom is not the same person by all means her confidence is gone and I know this is due to her mouth and the apparent drug use it reveals. I know that due to the lifestyle she led she will never be able to afford to have the dental work needed to regain her confidence in appearance. Her drive for sobriety has been her one year old grandson, my son, who offers her the opportunity to be the grandmother her mom has been to us!! My mother is so beautiful on the inside and remains loving, giving, non judgemental, active in our lives again with such pride of who we have become as adults and teens entering adulthood. She is sober and I know has a purpose for God. She and her husband just started to volunteer and minister at Reno Gospel Mission and hand food out to the homeless. This being the only time she is willing to smile, when she comes home to share about her Sunday there, or when she is holding my son, forgetting what her mouth looks like for that instance. One would think that the hardship of her life would harden ones heart but not my mom it has enhanced her love for all people and different walks of life. She is loved and I enter publisher clearing house as many times possible in hopes to help her because  my sisters and brothers love her so much and are so thankful she is back. I know my mother battled seventeen long years but the drugs lost and we one, I would like to see my mom smile again I believe she deserves it and society says no she brought this on herself. I believe what Tyra believes meth chose my mother my mother did not choose meth. I also believe that God will use my mothers drug use to help other addicts and by her not having to worry about opening her mouth to what people will see opposed to what they will hear can and will be life changing to many including you!

Please help my Mother regain her life and confidence

I'm writing to you in hopes to shed some light on a person who once could brighten the room with just her smile! My mothers name is Fern Carrette age forty six and a mother of five, grandmother to one beautiful grandson. She was raised in a very small community, Gardnerville Nevada, which I'm sure most have never heard of. My mother suffered many abuses as a child and had us kids at a very young age. Three by the age of twenty, all three in diapers, two on bottles and one breast feeding in fact. I believe this distanced my mother from the normal teenage activities most encounter as a teen, along with growing up in an alcoholic environment, the stigma she received living in a small town led to the beginning of a long hard struggle and battle with drugs. Please note I am not justifying the drug use or the mental anguish it caused us as a family, but please realize had you known the woman and mother we remember you would be amazed at her ability to love unconditionally, never judge, always willing to offer a smile which radiated a warmth that was so contagious. I remember her always being willing to open the door to anyone in need and loving us with every fiber of her being! Then in an instance our childhood and our mother as we new her vastly faded away. We were separated as children each living with one of our aunts and uncles, patiently waiting for a mother who would not return. I know my mother fought hard with many knock downs and I today am so proud of her for being willing to get back up, no matter how hard, or what attrocities she had created, traumas she endured through that lifestyle, or how we as a family treated her due to our own anger and resentments. I believe she fought for us because her true love in life was to be a mom!! My mom is not the same person by all means her confidence is gone and I know this is due to her mouth and the apparent drug use it reveals. I know that due to the lifestyle she led she will never be able to afford to have the dental work needed to regain her confidence in appearance. Her drive for sobriety has been her one year old grandson, my son, who offers her the opportunity to be the grandmother her mom has been to us!! My mother is so beautiful on the inside and remains loving, giving, non judgemental, active in our lives again with such pride of who we have become as adults and teens entering adulthood. She is sober and I know has a purpose for God. She and her husband just started to volunteer and minister at Reno Gospel Mission and hand food out to the homeless. This being the only time she is willing to smile, when she comes home to share about her Sunday there, or when she is holding my son, forgetting what her mouth looks like for that instance. One would think that the hardship of her life would harden ones heart but not my mom it has enhanced her love for all people and different walks of life. She is so loved and I enter publisher clearing house as many times possible in hopes to help her because my sisters and brothers love her so much and are so thankful she is back. I know my mother battled seventeen long years but the drugs lost and we won. I would like to see my mom smile again I believe she deserves it and society says no she brought this on herself. I believe what Tyra believes meth chose my mother my mother did not choose meth. I also believe that God will use my mothers drug use to help other addicts and by her not having to worry about opening her mouth to what people will see opposed to what they will hear can and will be life changing to many including you!

HELP

I am looking for the easiest and cheapest way to help fix my teeth. i was addicted to meth for almost 7 years been clean for almost 3 now. I am so self conscience about my smile, that i don't even smile and don't want a job where i have to deal with customers face to face due to my smile. everything is so expensive i just don't know what to do. if any one has any sort of advice for me please email me at [email protected] thanks 

meth mouth

I am 33 years old. I have been off the meth for ten years this month. I would say I have moderate to severe meth mouth. I've carried these scars as a reminder for ten years. Everyday I look and I remind myself what I did toy self. I never wanted to forget what I was. I'm ten years clean it hasn't been easy. Its still a daily fight but I have learned how to keep the beast at bay. I may have never seeked any help until my mother told I had held on to these past mistakes long enough its time to let the scars heal. So today I begin my search to find help removing this terrible scar from my body. One step closer to finally feeling whole again. Can anyone help point me in the right direction? I'm so tired of being ashamed.

hello iam an addict once an

hello iam an addict once an addict always one.i have been clean for 1 year now but i will be honeast .at times i do want to go back to using i have no self esteem i cantr rember the lkast time i actually smiled .and i have  3 beautiful daughters who i feel are ashemed of me due to my meth mouth.its basically beyond help i feel when itcomes to my teeth i am noit much sure how much tetth i will have by the end if this year. I AM STRUGGLING LOOKING FOR A JOB and no dentist in which area i live takes goverment insurance.

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