A lucky 13-year-old in Bluffton is on her way to a straighter smile, thanks to a contest hosted by Bluffton Orthodontics, a new practice in town headed by Dr. Bob Garrison.

Brianna Davis, a seventh grader at McCracken Middle School, was chosen as the winner of the “New Smile for a New School Year” contest. The contest took place Aug. 1 through Sept. 12 and generated dozens of entries.

To enter, participants had to submit an entry form including a photo of their smile on the Bluffton Orthodontics Facebook page, and the winner was selected at random for the grand prize: a free set of braces, valued at approximately $5,000.

“We have wanted to get Brianna braces for a few years, so when we heard about this contest it was the perfect opportunity for us,” said her mom, Leea Davis. “Brianna has always been hesitant about smiling because she wasn’t happy with her teeth. I know that having a better smile with straight teeth will really increase her self-confidence, and we are thrilled for this opportunity to work with Dr. Garrison to give her the smile she’s always dreamed about.”

Brianna is very shy. She loves science, art, spending time with her rescue dog Lulu, and she aspires to be a veterinarian someday.

Leea recalled that the last time Brianna seemed visibly confident was a few years ago when Leea gave her permission to dye her hair bright pink. Her daughter’s excitement for the fresh smile started to show again when she planned to get pink rubber bands.

The big day happened Nov. 8. The process of getting her braces put on took about an hour. She said she’s excited, but a little disappointed that they will have to stay on for about two years.

Dr. Terri Hubbard of Coastal Pediatric Dentistry helped prep Brianna’s teeth for the braces, Garrison noted.

Bluffton Orthodontics, located at 337 Buckwalter Place Boulevard at Buckwalter Place (adjacent to Station 300) offers a full array of the latest advances in orthodontic care, including traditional metal braces, clear braces and clear aligners. For more information, visit www.BlufftonOrthodontics.com.

Shae Dalrymple is the assistant editor of the Bluffton Sun.