Dear Doctor Magazine Unveils Latest Results of the Ultimate Smile Makeover Contest

Courageous New York Mom Battling Multiple Sclerosis Is Third Contestant to Win All-Expenses-Paid Smile Makeover
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Smile Makeover Before and After
Smile Makeover Before and After
Dec. 7, 2011 - PRLog -- Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, the nation's leading source of dental healthcare advice for consumers,  today lifted the curtain on the stunning new smile of Lorna Ficker - the third lucky winner of  "Dear Doctor's Ultimate Smile Makeover."  Ficker, 55, of Poughkeepsie, NY had so many dental problems since childhood that she couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to have normal teeth.

"I'm so grateful," said Lorna, who was chosen from among 10 finalists. "It's just been amazing. I never in my life thought I would ever see it."

With a mouthful of shifted, decayed and broken teeth, along with failing crowns and fillings, Lorna's case was very challenging. Her transformation, made possible by Dear Doctor and the generosity of local dental professionals and national sponsors, is truly dazzling.

"I still can't believe it, it's too exciting," Lorna said. "I always wondered what it would be like to have normal teeth. It's just been a fantasy of mine."

Lorna received, among other services, braces, a fixed bridge, and porcelain crowns and veneers.

Dear Doctor enlisted the services of Dr. Richard K. Whalen of Dental Design Studio in Poughkeepsie, NY, who provided oral hygiene instruction using the Nimbus toothbrush, replaced all defective fillings, and, after orthodontics, corrected Lorna's tooth positioning, placed new porcelain crowns, porcelain veneers and bridgework. Dr. Ahmed Mansour of Sunshine Orthodontics in Wappingers Falls, NY corrected Lorna's malpositioned teeth using braces to make her smile symmetrical and create space for her missing front tooth. Everyone involved admired Lorna's courage for putting so much effort into her own oral health as she continues a 15-year battle with debilitating multiple sclerosis.

"I thought, I can't really do anything about my MS," said Lorna, in explaining why she decided to enter the makeover contest. "But I could fix my smile if I entered. So that's what I decided, I'm gonna go for it."

Dear Doctor President and Publisher Dr. Mario Vilardi explained that enhancement of Lorna's appearance was only part of the goal. "What separates this contest from other smile makeover contests or TV shows is our ultimate commitment to returning a person to complete health, not just creating a pretty smile. Dr. Richard Whalen and Dr. Ahmed Mansour should be very proud of their accomplishments as they not only created a beautiful masterpiece but returned Lorna to total oral health."

For more information about the magazine or to enter Dear Doctor's Ultimate Smile Makeover contest, please visit To learn more about Dr. Whalen, visit For Dr. Mansour, visit

About Dear Doctor's Ultimate Smile Makeover:
Dear Doctor's Ultimate Smile Makeover is a national contest provided by Dear Doctor magazine and its corporate sponsors. The contest is designed to provide the winner with all of the necessary dental work required to reestablish complete dental health and a beautiful smile regardless of how long treatment takes. The contest is free to enter and is available to anyone in the U.S. age 18 or older. The Grand Prize Winner may receive one or more of the following services: restorative dentistry, periodontal therapy, endodontic therapy, orthodontic therapy, implant dentistry, oral surgery or any applicable or related services. For more information or to enter online, visit

About Dear Doctor:
Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health is a quarterly dental magazine written exclusively by dental health care professionals for the education and well-being of the general public. Written in uncomplicated language, Dear Doctor aims to open the lines of communication between patients and dental professionals by providing patients with the necessary facts to make confident, informed healthcare decisions.  Learn more at

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Dear Doctor - Dentistry & Oral Health is a quarterly dental magazine written exclusively by dental health care professionals for the education and well-being of the general public. Learn more at

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