Give Back a Smile
The Give Back a Smile (GBAS) program was started in 1999 by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Charitable Foundation to assist in rebuilding the smiles and lives of adults who’ve suffered dental injuries as the result of domestic violence. Caring and compassionate dental professionals have donated their time and services to restore the damaged smiles of over 1,000 victims of domestic violence. Dr. Wyant is actively involved with the GBAS program restoring the smiles and confidence to several victims as well as serving on the Board of Trustees of the AACD charitable foundation for many years.
Unemployed and too embarrassed to venture outside of her East Texas home, Karen dreamed of someday getting her smile and life back. She finally ended an abusive relationship of many years which had resulted in the loss of her upper front teeth. She felt her life was slipping away and depression had taken its toll. Karen was hopeful when she learned about the GBAS program through a local social worker. She nervously applied for the program and prayed to finally get some help integrating back into society. She became overwhelmed with emotion when she learned the Dr. Lee Wyant in Little Rock had agreed to help her. Karen’s first visit to Dr. Wyant’s office started with a long bus ride to Little Rock. She felt reluctant at first to tell her story but Dr. Wyant and his staff made her feel so welcome that she was able to share what she had been through. She was so grateful that someone was willing to help her. Her goal was to get her smile and self-confidence back so she could get back into the community and work again. She had completed an on-line training and had become a certified transcriptionist but was too embarrassed to go for a job interview. It took several trips to Little Rock but Karen finally got her new smile. Getting her smile back has transformed her live by boosting her self-confidence which led to getting out of the house again meeting new people and re-connecting with old friends. Karen now is gainfully employed and living a more abundant life thanks to Dr. Wyant and the GBAS program.