Hartford man starts life-changing smile makeover

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A Hartford man has received a life-changing gift. It happened in January. Connor Vortherms received a $50,000 smile makeover from Siouxland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Vortherms said he was self-conscious about missing and deteriorating teeth. He said it was always difficult to truly express himself around others.

After reading more than 500 applications, Dr. Dennis Miller and Dr. Louis George decided to transform his smile. The surgeons examined his teeth to come up with a treatment plan. On Monday, the procedure began.

"There's nothing, nothing that I could ever do to repay them for how much this means to me. I truly hope that them and everybody on their team understands how much this has affected my life, my family's life and others in the past that they have helped too," Vortherms said.

The transformation is part of the "Second Chance Program." It is a project in its second year.