Have you ever wondered what it would be like to completely change the body you were born with? The Doctors presents the most extreme and dramatic makeovers ever seen on television; witness miraculous transformations and lives change forever.
We all know to wash our face and brush our teeth before we go to bed - it’s practically been drilled into our minds since childhood. But how effective is your tooth care regimen? Cosmetic dentist Dr. Bill Dorfman joins The Doctors to ensure your pearly whites stay that way!
• Use toothpaste with fluoride*
• Change your toothbrush every three to four months
• Disinfect your toothbrush once a week with a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water solution
• If you’ve been sick, throw your toothbrush away
• Don’t store your toothbrush anywhere near the toilet. When you flush, there’s a spray of bacteria and … guess where it lands?
• Toothpaste won’t whiten your teeth, despite what the packaging says
*Dr. Jim cautions that children under the age of 2 should not have fluoride, as they end up swallowing most of it!
• Use an electric toothbrush (SonicCare is the number one electric toothbrush recommended by dentists)
• Rotating electric brushes are best, as they clean gums better than a manual toothbrush
• Only use soft bristles
• Brush for at least two minutes
• Use light pressure
• If you insist on using a manual toothbrush, make sure to place the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line and brush gently
Grinding Your Teeth
It’s more dangerous than you think! Dr. Bill estimates that 30 percent of kids grind their teeth at night, but says that most outgrow it in time. He says that 10 percent of adults grind their teeth and are unaware they do it.
Dr. Bill cautions that if left unchecked, teeth grinding can lead to severely worn teeth, TMJ and neck pain. He admits that he himself is a “grinder,” and demonstrates the night guard he uses. “I know, it’s really sexy,” he jokes.
How far would you go to add an extra inch or two to your height? How about a whopping 14 inches? That’s just what happened for 28-year-old Tiffanie when she underwent an intensive procedure that promises to lengthen limbs. Born with diastrophic dysplasia, Tiffanie underwent a bone lengthening surgery at age 8 and again at age 15.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Errol Mortimer explains that pins are placed in the lower and upper legs and the bone is sawed in half. A key that projects from the device is turned daily to slowly pull the bone apart. As the bone tears, the body regenerates more bone matter that “fills in” the space, which ultimately creates a longer bone.
To illustrate her growth, Tiffanie stands next to a cardboard cutout of her former self at 3-foot-8 and proudly states her new height of 4-foot-10. She says that she has had her arms, lower limbs, shins and thighs lengthened.
Angel and Shane are worried sick about their 5-year-old son, Chase, who weighs in at an astonishing 131 pounds. Angel laments that Chase is obsessed with food and consumes more than 2,630 calories per day. She is extremely concerned that Chase will develop diabetes and die before he reaches the age of 30.
Dr. Jim states the average 5-year-old should weigh approximately 40 to 50 pounds. He cautions that overweight children have a 70 percent chance of growing up to be overweight adults. The pediatrician stresses that Chase is already insulin-resistant and is at risk for diabetes as earlier as age 7. Dr. Travis and Dr. Jim encourage the parents to put their entire family on a weight loss program and reclaim their lives.
Personal trainer, nutritionist and author of Makeover Your Metabolism, Robert Reames, counsels the family and vows to help them in their journey to wellness. Anytime Fitness in Clinton, Iowa, donates a one year gym membership for the entire family, including a personal trainer. Lyons Tae Kwon Do donates a one year membership for Chase. Russell Athletic Wear, official supplier of athletic wear for the NBA, donates $1,000 worth of workout wear per family member.
When Cynthia came to The Doctors, she described a lonely and isolated existence filled with cruel taunting and name-calling. “I always felt ugly,” she sobbed.
The Final Touches
We ladies know that we’re not “done” until our hair and makeup is done! Celebrity stylists Nikki Lee Miles and Rihanna Capri from Ken Paves Salon in West Hollywood work their magic to create a sexy and sassy new hairdo for Cynthia. And with a wave of his brushes, make-up artist Allen Bosshardt transforms Cynthia from shy duckling to elegant swan.
Cynthia sees her “new self” for the first time and dissolves into tears. “I can’t thank you enough!” she says, stunned.