Oral surgeons award life-changing $50K smile makeover

Published: Jan. 31, 2019 at 3:03 PM CST
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Two Sioux Falls oral surgeons have surprised someone with a life-changing gift -- a $50,000 smile makeover.

People who are unable to afford treatment had the opportunity to apply for the Second Chance Program.

It is a project in its second year by Siouxland Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

After reading more than 500 applications, doctors Dennis Miller and Louis George selected one deserving person to transform their smile.

Connor Vortherms of Hartford was overcome with emotion when his named was announced Thursday morning.

"I've been held back from doing so many things because of my self-consciousness with my teeth and the pain and other things that I've experienced, so it's a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and there is no way I would have been able to afford a procedure like this," he said.

Vortherms said it has been difficult to truly express himself around others.

The surgeons have already examined his teeth and will now come up with a treatment plan.

They said they hope the makeover restores his self-confidence and improves his quality of life.