Spencer Solves It: Helping Katy man get new smile

By Bill Spencer - Investigative Reporter

KATY, Texas - James Viscardi works diligently in his backyard garden.

Viscardi, a retired mailman for the United States Postal Service, is a father and grandfather, and he loves working out in the garden because it’s one of the few places where he can be completely alone and not have to worry about talking to people.

Or smiling or showing his horrendous teeth.

Teeth falling apart

For five years, Viscardi's mouth has been a disaster area, with most of his teeth falling apart and breaking in half.

"Sometimes while eating, I will all of the sudden feel something strange in my mouth, and it will turn out to be one of my teeth, a tooth that has broken in half, and I’m like, 'What is that?'” Viscardi said.

Worsening condition

The problems associated with Viscardi's dental disaster have only gotten worse over the years.

There's the physical pain of trying to chew hard food and the psychological pain of not wanting to talk to people because he will have to open his mouth.

Up until now, Viscardi had been told his only hope was to have full mouth reconstruction with dental implants.

The implants come at a price Viscardi could never even dream of paying.

"I was looking around, and the prices are, like, $40,000 to $70,000 for full implants," Viscardi said.

Call to Spencer Solves It

Faced with spending the rest of his life not smiling, Viscardi called Spencer Solves It for help.

Right away, we contacted one of Houston’s most respected and admired dentists, Dr. Terri Alani.

After examining Viscardi's mouth, Alani summed up the problems.

"Well, it would take a lot of dollars to fix this man’s mouth because basically every single tooth is broken down," Alani said.


Knowing Viscardi's financial position, Alani proposed a solution.

She custom-fitted him for a revolutionary, new dental appliance called Snap-On Smile.

It’s an appliance that's made from the same material as the space shuttle. It fits right over existing teeth and provides a movie star-like smile.

While wearing it, you can eat and drink, and you can take it off whenever you need to.

It simply snaps into place over your existing teeth and requires no surgical work of any kind.

Viscardi was amazed.


"All I can say is, thank you, Bill (Spencer), so very much. Getting my teeth done this way will change my life. It really will change everything for me," Viscardi said.

In several weeks, Viscardi's new Snap-On Smile will be ready, and we will show you his brand-new look.

We at KPRC 2 and Spencer Solves It want to thank Alani for all of her generosity in providing all of this work absolutely free to benefit Viscardi.

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