GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Embarrassment was all Ryan Maupin could feel every time he opened his mouth. At only 23 years old, he was one step away from having dentures. His teeth were nearly unsalvageable and his confidence had been destroyed.
“I didn't think there was any hope," Maupin said. "I figured they were going to have to pull all my teeth out and I was going to have to get dentures or something, and that’s pretty much what I already accepted." Scared for him, Ryan’s mother called Dr. Mark Hyman and asked him if he would help her son.
Over 11 months, Maupin underwent extensive treatment.
“I mean when I first came in, I was embarrassed," Maupin told FOX8. "I mean when your teeth look like that, it's the first thing everybody sees is your teeth.”
He made countless visits to Dr. Hyman and other Greensboro doctors.
“We have been very fortunate to have a lot of people that we worked very closely with. Dr. Todd Owsley the oral, maxillofacial surgeon contributed to the implant dentistry and extractions. Dr. Elizabeth Applebaum and Dr. Kevin Keating did root canals. And the DenMat Lab in California did the ceramic work for us. So it was a real team effort,” Dr. Hyman said.
Maupin’s self-esteem improved with every doctor visit.
“It's not because I didn't try to take care of my teeth. I just wasn't born with good teeth,” Maupin added.
Maupin’s mother reached out to Dr. Hyman because she had seen him on FOX8 ‘Your Turn’ segments. FOX8 was invited to watch as Maupin saw his brand new smile for the very first time.
When Dr. Hyman handed him the mirror to look at his new teeth, he said, “Beautiful! Couldn’t be any better!” He told Dr. Hyman that his new smile is better than he ever imagined.
The act of charity by Dr. Hyman and his colleagues has changed Maupin’s life forever. All he wanted to do was to be comfortable smiling. He told FOX8 that now he never wants to stop smiling.
“It has been said, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and now Ryan’s first impression is just killer,” said Dr. Hyman.
Maupin told FOX8 he cannot wait to return to North Carolina State University to show his friends his new pearly whites.