Self-talk is very important. When I began my journey of self-discovery, a book called “The Secret” got me to start thinking about how perspective, particularly interpretation of my reality, can heavily influence the kind of life I could live. I’ve read a lot since then, many books exploring that concept much deeper, but that reality remains true. I’ve learned to think of it through the eyes of another now, and it can really hit where it hurts when someone you love doesn’t feel deserving of your love. It can break your heart when you tell someone that they are beautiful and they don’t see it themselves. Something about them makes them hear when you say, “You’re beautiful” that “No, I’m not”. In the case of my girlfriend, it is her teeth. I hardly notice them, but I know when she looks in the mirror, it is all that she sees.

Her name is Kyrstin (Kiki) Runco. While many individuals suffering similar issues with their teeth deteriorating failed to brush, floss, or diet properly, her only crime was related to heredity. Kiki suffers from weak enamel. This means that her teeth deteriorate much more quickly and are highly sensitive to even occasional snacks or sweets. Kiki’s diet is now vegan, yet her teeth are still deteriorating and she is in pain almost every single day.

Kiki’s problem has resulted in personal pain, discomfort, and confidence issues. She says she never felt like she would ever meet anyone who loved her simply because of her teeth. I’m happy to say we’re both very happy together and she knows her teeth are not a problem to me, but I know they are a problem to her. She told me once, with tears in her eyes, that her condition makes her feel the worst when she interacts with children and they tell her she has something in her teeth or ask her if something is wrong with them. It’s broken my heart to see how this problem affects her.

With the help of City Dental Centers founders Dr. Sam Shahoveisi and Dr. Michael Danial, otherwise known as Dr. Sam and Dr. Mike, we plan to resolve Kiki’s problems forever. I have seen the remarkable work they have done for their patients, whom they treat like family, and trust them with her care. I know their professional care will treat her condition and their dental materials made in their patient-exclusive dental lab will last. I want them to help her feel just as beautiful as I know she already is.

This is just part one of this story and I look forward to sharing part two once City Dental Centers has helped this amazing woman to feel beautiful both inside and out.

Written by Paul Thomas

Dentist in Pico Rivera

Convenient Dentist Offices in Southern California

Doctor Sam Shahovesi and the team at City Dental Centers are here to provide our patients with the best dental services and dental surgeries for children and adults of all ages. From toddlers to seniors, City Dental Centers offers six convenient dentist offices in Southern California. We even have a dedicated children’s dentist office, City Dental Kids & Braces, to cater to the special physical and emotional needs of children.

Whether you need checkups, x-rays, braces, bonding, teeth whitening, sealants, oral cancer screenings, root canals, crowns, bridges, implants, or tooth extraction, City Dental Centers is here to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible.

Contact The Nearest Dentist to You

Ready to experience the best dentists in Los Angeles? Choose one of the convenient dental offices we have surrounding LA. We have dental practices in AzusaCoronaLake ForestMontclairPico Rivera, and West Covina. You can call our main line at (888) 624-8933 or reach out to an office directly with the information below. We’re so happy you’ve chosen City Dental Centers. We can’t wait to help you along your dental journey and brighten your beautiful smile!

Dentist in Azusa, CA

Location: 483 S. Citrus Ave. Azusa, CA 91702
Phone: (626) 966-3400

Dentist in Corona, CA

Location: 161 McKinley St. STE 102, Corona, CA 92879
Phone: (951) 737-3746

Dentist in Lake Forest, CA

Location: 24602 Raymond Way #210, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Phone: (949) 461-5800

Dentist in Montclair, CA

Location: 5182 Moreno St, Montclair, CA 91763
Phone: (909) 295-3477

Dentist in Pico Rivera, CA

Location: 9400 Whittier Blvd, Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 949-2526

Dentist in West Covina, CA

Location: 154 Plaza Dr, West Covina, CA 91790
Phone: (626) 962-1722