A close up a woman's beautiful smile.“All I Want for Christmas Is You,” may have replaced “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” as a top holiday hit, but people who have smile defects realize that these problems make it very hard to enjoy the holidays.

Fortunately for one woman, though, a radio station made her holiday dreams come true with a $20,000 smile makeover.

A Congenital Defect

Stephanie Albarella was born with a condition that led to deformed teeth that were also vulnerable to damage and loss. She has always been uncomfortable with the appearance of her teeth, and in addition she has been suffering as her teeth have been lost. She was down to only 16 teeth left when her friend Heather Peters wrote into a local radio station.

Heather didn’t think the station would be able to help because of the expense of the operation. However, by teaming up with a local dentist, they were able to get the procedure. They say it is the largest gift the station has ever given away.

Heather then invited Stephanie to the studio, telling her there was a Christmas party going on. Then the gift was revealed, and Stephanie did an interview. She is ecstatic about the potential outcome, and looks forward to her first selfie with her new smile.

What Do People Really Want?

If you are considering giving someone the gift of a smile makeover, you have to be sure that it’s something they really want. Essentially, you have to make sure that they are the ones who are unhappy with their smile, and not you who is being judgmental about their appearance.

In addition, you have to make sure that the gift you are giving is appropriate for the person. For example, some people with bad teeth staining won’t benefit from

teeth whitening and might need porcelain veneers to make their smile look good.

If you want to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Orange County for yourself or someone else, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.