A woman named Alicia — who goes by Princess Glitterhead on social media — has been gaining a lot of attention for sharing her life with snap-in dentures on TikTok:
And she recently received over 10 million views on a video where she challenged other people with dentures to show what they look like with and without them:
Here she is — beautiful with and without!
Other people with dentures quickly started hopping on the trend to share their smiles with and without their dentures, like user @hotmessmamapanda:
BuzzFeed spoke to Princess Glitterhead, who opened up about why she had to get dentures. "During my pregnancy, my teeth rapidly began to decay — from the inside out. Both of my eye teeth broke off at the gum line a week or so apart from each other. I remember laying in my yard feeling like my life was over. I would never be respected. I would never be pretty. My husband might leave me. He married me with perfect teeth and within a year I was already missing teeth," she said.
Dental issues can actually be very common during pregnancy. According to the CDC, about 60 to 75% of pregnant people have gingivitis due to changing hormones during pregnancy, and they are also at a higher risk for developing cavities.
For several years, Princess Glitterhead carried on with life missing some of her teeth. "I never smiled. I stopped talking. I hid my pain. I was terrified of the dentist and I know I delayed treatment at times. I neglected myself at times. I couldn’t get ahead of what was happening. I would go get fillings and root canals that would break right out. When I was 24, I had my second daughter, and a lot more dental issues arose," she explained.
"I only had seven natural teeth left on top when I decided to do a full restoration. It took $10,000 and going to the dentist every week for a year straight to finish the work. My insurance wouldn’t cover any of it. They only cover a new partial every eight years and my teeth fell apart faster than that. So, we root canaled and crowned all my remaining upper teeth," she explained.
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"I also got two three-piece cemented bridges to fill my eye teeth gaps. I hated that you could see metal when I smiled and that my bridges and crowns had to be made to match my natural teeth. I just had to be able to accept the fact that I wouldn’t have a perfect smile no matter what I paid or had done."