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Idaho truck driver to receive full dental makeover for free

The 'Smile Again' giveaway is held once a year by Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center.
Posted: 5:06 PM, Oct 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 20:03:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — When an Idaho man arrived at an oral surgery center on Monday, he had no idea he would soon learn that his life would change forever.

"The person that we're gonna be helping this year is Chance O'Dell," said Dr. J Scott Bobst, DDS, Boise Oral Surgery.

This was a moment O'Dell says he had not seen coming.

"Every time I ever tried for something I always got denied or kicked down," said O'Dell.

It's the moment he learned he was chosen to receive a full smile restoration-- for free.

"We had 500 people apply," said Dr. J Scott Bobst, DDS, Boise Oral Surgery.

"I really appreciate it," said O'Dell to Dr. Bobst.

"Happy to do it man, really. I know you've been struggling for a long time," said Dr. Bobst.

Growing up, money was tight and circumstances were unforgiving.

"My little brother had health problems. He had adolescent epilepsy, so that's where quite a bit of our money went to," said O'Dell.

After he says a fire ravaged their childhood home, he and his family were homeless and had limited means. So when it came to teeth problems, he says his dad would grab a pair of pliars and pull them.

"Yeah that was the easiest and cheapest way to deal with it," said O'Dell.

This had long-term implications on his confidence. He says he's always wanted to start his own trucking business, but: "People would look and be like, ugh, ya know? I can't smile at anybody when I talk. I gotta kinda, ya know, hide my face. And that's just no way to try and start a business," said O'Dell.

His broken teeth also expose his nerves, making it painful for him to bite into anything.

But today, new hope is on the horizon for a happier life for him and his family.

"Now I think I'll be able to move forward with that and my clientele should be able to build up. And my kids-- they've got a lot better chance at having a good start at life," said O'Dell. "I get to take family pictures with my family and smile... and I know there's other people out there who need it just as bad as me, and if they got it, I would have understood," said O'Dell.

"Yesterday he was sitting there going back and forth, he's like, 'I don't know if I should go in and get my heartbroken,'" said Elizabeth O'Dell, his wife.

Now, they're glad they did.

To learn more about the giveaway and the Boise Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center, click here .