For years, Maura and Renton Tailby of Mt Maunganui in New Zealand dealt with embarrassment and insecurity as a result of their teeth. Maura, 56, would often avoid taking pictures or smiling in public and Renton described his own teeth as "golden rat teeth," according to the Cosmetic Dentistry Guide, in the U.K. After living with teeth that were yellow, chipped and crooked for years, Maura and Renton decided that it was best to get some dental work done.
Multiple procedures and more than $23,000 later, the couple is thrilled about their results. The couple went to Queensland, Australia, as part of a makeover package provided by CosMediTour, a company that specializes in cosmetic tourism.
At the end of all of the procedures, Maura had more than $15,000 worth of work done to her teeth including five procedures, 12 veneers, two bridges, teeth whitening and the removal of amalgam fillings, according to Daily Mail in the U.K.
"I am thrilled, I can smile and open my mouth now in photos, and Renton thinks they look beautiful," said Maura to Daily Mail.
That's a huge step in the right direction compared to how Maura used to feel.
"I used to try not to look in the mirror but when I did I always became so self-conscious and realized what other people must see," she said.
Maura claims that dentists had even told her that her teeth were beyond saving and she became afraid that she'd have to live with them until they got so bad they'd crumble or fall out.
Renton had more than $8,000 worth of work done on his own teeth. He had a bridge installed to fill his front tooth gap, had 11 upper crowns and veneers placed, replaced three fillings and had a tooth with a grey tinge whitened.
Moving forward with new smiles
Renton appreciates how treatment improved his own happiness, but is more focused on how happy his wife's have made her. He especially notes that it was nice that they could go through their treatments together. He told Daily Mail about instances where she would be in pain and he'd encourage her or get her smoothies when she couldn't eat much else as a result of surgery.
He feels that the $23,000 that was spent on improving their smiles was well worth the happiness that came from it.
Now that they're both happy with their smiles, the couple plans to taking a trip to Europe where they plan to take plenty of pictures showing them off.