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Recipient brought to tears, oral surgeons offer her a life-changing smile

Staff at Columbia Basin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Kennewick selected Victoria Wynalda as this year's recipient of their Smile Again program.

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Many people don’t realize how important a smile is to someone’s personal and professional success. One local woman said she's been embarrassed to smile her whole life, until today.

Staff at Columbia Basin Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Kennewick selected Victoria Wynalda as this year's recipient of their second annual Smile Again program.

The Smile Again program was designed to give a member of Benton, Franklin, Yakima, or Adams County a second chance at life by restoring their smile and oral function.

The surgeons said “Smile Again” is a way for them to give back to the community and to someone in need of dental care they can’t afford, improving their quality of life by allowing them to chew again, let alone smile.

As a single mother and sole provider for her six kids, Wynalda said this smile will change her and her children's life for the better— she said she's beyond thankful for the staff's generosity.

"It's just amazing because I can't put them any higher than on the pedestal than where I have them on now,” Wynalda said as she held back tears. “I really thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Brandon Reddinger said he’s happy to give her a second chance to restore her smile.

“We understand that it’s a huge part of who they are. It gives them confidence and feel and a lot more self-worth,” Reddinger said. "So it's nice to be able to offer that to someone and change their life that way."

Michael Johnson, DDS, MS from the Washington State Prosthodontics and Dental Implant Center is also helping in making this dream come true for Wynalda.

The surgeon's said Wynalda is a gracious, selfless person and they couldn't think of a worthier candidate for this procedure.

Columbia Basin Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons said they’re proud to be able to offer the Smile Again program to the community.

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