It’s nearly 9a.m. and there are a dozen patients scattered throughout the waiting room on the third floor of the School of Dental Medicine (SDM). All eyes are on the television; Phineas and Ferb are up to their adventures antics again. Patient names are called out and The Martin and BA Brusse Orthodontics Clinic begins another round of providing services to individuals who might not otherwise receive care if it weren’t for the SDM; Lucia Madera is among them.
Madera found out about the School of Dental Medicine when the Colorado Smilemakers Mobile Dental Clinic was at North Middle School providing teeth cleaning services to residents of the Montbello community (where she lives). Madera recalls, “I had cavities so they sent me to a building on the campus, and then those people sent me to the School of Dental Medicine’s orthodontics clinic because I had an overbite.”
After three years of braces, Lucia is at the brink of her college years; she begins her first year at Mesa State College in the fall and is ready to make every day of the rest of her life spectacular. She expresses gratitude for the services she’s received—it’s nice to have one thing in life that others straighten out for you. Madera will head to college with confidence. Madera comments, “I found a picture of myself when I was in the fifth grade and I saw the difference of how my teeth were then and how they are now. They look a lot better.”