An immigrant from Goias has life changed by dental treatment
WALTHAM - Claudomir da Silva is a typical Brazilian who came to the United States: a few luggage, a lot of dreams and the intention of staying here for a short time. However, after ten years in Massachusetts, he does not want to return to Brazil. As Silva decided to live in this country, he also made a choice: live well and smile a lot.
He just needed help. The 55 years-old man jokes it was hard to deal with the ‘withered mouth’. Because of those dental problems, he had to wear an upper arch prosthesis, but he did not adapt to the one offered by the health clinic.
At that moment, Silva decided to put his mouth health on hold. Even he felt very uncomfortable with his missing teeth, the Brazilian could not find an alternative.
The situation changed when he broke another tooth. Tiring of waiting to be seen at dental schools, Silva resolved to invest in a private treatment.
“I looked for care to fix my broken tooth, but the dentist said all my needs in the first visit,” tells Dr. Jeffrey Cummings’ patient. “I couldn’t pay the entire amount at once, but I was able to be financed in no interest 12 payments. It was my first step to change my life.”
His treatment started one year ago giving back Silva’s smile through a superior permanent prosthesis and was finalized with bottom porcelain restorations. “It’s a new life. I feel well and recovered the pleasure of small things like eating that was so hard by then for me,” the Natick resident says.
The possibility of financing the treatment is the motivation that many Brazilians need to recover their smile. “When I recommend people to see a dentist, I always hear they can not afford an expensive dental treatment. They change their mind when I tell my story.”
However, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings offer is not available in all dental clinics. The partnership with a financing company depends on a solid business that is able to make payments easier for its clients.
For Silva’s happiness, he went to the right place where he found satisfaction for a good price. “I invested in life quality,” the patient points.
And investing is the right word for Silva’s treatment. After a decade working as delivery and prep guy in a restaurant, the Brazilian found his independence driving for Uber.
“After my dental treatment, I feel and look younger and I got a new outlook on life. It helps my new job of course.”
Silva’s case is very common among immigrants. According to specialists, many capable people who should work in public positions do not do it because they do not have a beautiful smile. They are also paid less than they deserve because of that.
Now, Silva is getting prepared for the second phase of his treatment. “I need two more implants. Before I would say that what I have now is enough, but now I know how to get better."