Charitable smiles by Beacon Oral
Last year, Jaclyn Guernsey's teeth started to break and fall out during her radiation therapy while fighting thyroid cancer. She was embarrassed about her appearance, and would often wear a scarf around her entire face when out in public.
Now, she shows off her new smile every day, scarf free.
Two Gresham doctors want to give another person the confidence to smile, as they are once again coming together to offer an oral procedure free of charge.
Dr. Russell Lieblick and Dr. Brandon Rehrer, of Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, are launching the second year of their Second Chance program. They will be doing a DIEM Full-Arch Replacement, which will give somebody a new permanent set of teeth to replace their old, decaying ones. The procedure normally costs upwards of $40,000, but through the program will be free.
"The effect the Second Chance program has on people is incredible," Lieblick said. "After they are chosen, the recipient starts to become themselves again. It shows how powerful a smile can be."
The Second Chance program is designed to not only improve the candidate's oral health, but their entire well-being. Ideal applicants have poor oral health, are low-income and cannot otherwise afford the surgery.
The idea is to make someone comfortable enough to smile again. According to the doctors, not being able to smile can affect job prospects, getting in shape, or being a better parent. The Second Chance program provides these individuals with a chance to reclaim and control their lives.
"I'm so proud we are providing this opportunity once again to our community," Rehrer said. "It's important to give to those less fortunate. This is our home, and we want to use our skill-set to make our area a better place to live."
The application period for the Second Chance program opened Oct. 3, and will run until Nov. 3. Those interested can apply online at www.beaconoms.com/secondchance. The final recipient will be announced Nov. 17.
Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons is also looking for other businesses to help contribute to the Second Chance program. They would love for gyms, hair salons, clothing stores, and employment agencies to donate their goods and services to further transform the final recipient's life. Businesses can donate by visiting www.beaconoms.com/donate.