Alex Sandroski, also known on TikTok as @myreasontosmile is a young denture wearer committed to ensuring our patients are comfortable and have the support they need on their smile journey.
I still remember it so vividly, it was a winter night and I was out with my boyfriend (now husband). I was struggling with my teeth for a while at this point but I never experienced it to this extreme. I ordered soft pretzels because harder foods were too painful to eat. After just a few bites, I felt this shooting pain in my tooth that went down my neck and along my jaw. It felt like electricity and it came in waves. I actually cried at the table in the middle of the restaurant and our night out ended a lot sooner than we wanted. After we got home, I took some pain medicine and just tried to go to bed. I thought maybe I needed some rest and that the medicine would make it go away. I woke up so many times that night crying in pain and just begging for it to stop, It was the worst pain I had ever experienced in my life. It was maybe around 6 am when I woke up for the last time and noticed I no longer felt the intense pain, I just felt numb and uncomfortable. I got up to go to the bathroom and I saw that the right side of my face was totally blown out, it looked like I had a softball in my cheek. That’s when I decided to go to hospital where I was treated for the first of many dental abscesses I would have. I had 5 teeth pulled just a week later. I was only 17 years old. For as long as I could remember I have always struggled with my teeth.
I was in and out of the dentist office growing up for fillings, caps, sealant, etc. I brushed twice a day and did everything I was supposed to do yet my teeth continued to go downhill. I was 18 when I had a “smile makeover”. Over the course of a year I had 22 root canals done, post and core build up and then crowns put on every single tooth left in my mouth. I thought all of my dental problems were over but I was so wrong. It only took a few months for my crowns to start popping off left and right and for more abscesses to appear. Before I knew it, I was having more teeth pulled.
In 2018, I was 21 and about to get married when my new dentist told me all of my teeth were infected and they had to be pulled, there was nothing left that could be done. I was devastated, I was so scared and I did not know what to do. I put it off for a year and researched everything I possibly could around my situation and just took in as much information as I could. In the fall of 2019, I was ready. I decided to do my upper arch first, I had the last 9 upper teeth pulled and received my upper immediate denture. I struggled so bad for a long time. I went into a deep depression and did not leave my house. I bottled up all of my emotions and every so often it would spill over and I would just explode with rage. Every time I looked in the mirror, I didn’t recognize myself. I hated the way the denture felt and I swore I would never get used to it. I don’t know why or when it happened but one day I just decided that I wasn’t going to live like that anymore. I started wearing the denture and put effort into my appearance again. I started making videos and posts to help other people in the same situation as myself. In the fall of 2020 I had all of my bottom teeth pulled and received a new upper denture to go with my lower denture.
I decided from that moment on, I’d make the absolute best of my situation and I really did! I challenged myself every single day and I continued to make inspirational videos and posts. It’s been a few years now and I spend most of my time educating and advocating for people going through their own journey of losing their teeth and facing dentures. I don’t think most people realize how emotionally and physically hard it is to lose all of your teeth and then wear a removable prosthetic. Every time I see another person struggling, I feel it so deep down to my very core and all I want to do is help. And that is exactly why I love working for Dentures Today, I have never met such a compassionate and driven team that truly cares about the well being of the patient.