I have been wearing dentures since I lost my teeth at age 19. I had to learn to speak and eat again.

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Natalie Lacasse, from Vancouver, had a side effect of pain medication, causing her to vomit for months and weaken her teeth.  In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

A woman has revealed how she lost her teeth at the age of 19 after hitting them while drinking a cup of coffee.

Natalie Lacasse, from Vancouver, Canada, survived a horrific car accident when she was 18 years old. The pain medication she was prescribed had a rather nasty side effect, causing her to vomit for months, greatly weakening her teeth.

Natalie, now 24, was devastated when she lost all her teeth in April 2019 and has had to spend $5,000 on dentures ever since.

In a YouTube video posted on SHERA, a digital platform dedicated to empowering women, Natalie, from Vancouver, spoke about the experience.

‘The next morning [after the accident]I had woken up and could barely walk,’ he said.

Natalie Lacasse, from Vancouver, had a side effect of pain medication, causing her to vomit for months and weaken her teeth. In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

‘I felt as if I had been torn apart. I went to the ER and they told me I had a torn muscle in my lower back.

“The ER doctor prescribed me two weeks of naproxen and told me it was a muscle relaxant.”

After taking the naproxen, he began to vomit continuously, not knowing in advance the effect the medication had on his stomach lining.

The drug caused gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers that led Natalie to vomit multiple times a day, even keeping a cup in her car in case she ran short.

She said: ‘I was using travel size toothbrushes to keep brushing my teeth, not knowing I was brushing stomach acid off my teeth.

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‘I noticed that my teeth were becoming transparent. The sun hit my face and pierced my teeth.

In April 2019, Natalie was drinking a cup of coffee when she hit her front teeth on the cup, knocking them out.

She visited a dentist who told her that her bottom teeth were completely eroded and broken.

The 24-year-old was devastated when she lost all her teeth in April 2019 and has since had to spend £4,022 ($5,000) on dentures.  Pictured: Natalie removing her dentures.

The 24-year-old was devastated when she lost all her teeth in April 2019 and has since had to spend £4,022 ($5,000) on dentures. Pictured: Natalie removing her dentures.

The medication caused gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers that led Natalie to vomit several times a day.  Pictured: Natalie with her dentures in

The medication caused gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers that led Natalie to vomit several times a day. Pictured: Natalie with her dentures in

That’s when the process of getting dentures began.

The false teeth cost him the ability to speak, and at the age of 19, he had to learn it all over again.

She said: ‘I didn’t think I would have difficulty speaking.

I didn’t think I would have to relearn how to eat.

‘I left the dentist and went to talk to my mother on the phone and I couldn’t.

“The first week I didn’t really know what I was doing, it was a lot of crying and pain.”

Although her journey was difficult, Natalie watched hundreds of videos on speech impediments, using those methods to help improve her speech.

She said: 'I noticed my teeth were turning transparent.  The sun hit my face and pierced my teeth.  In the photo: Natalie with her natural teeth.

She said: ‘I noticed my teeth were turning transparent. The sun hit my face and pierced my teeth. In the photo: Natalie with her natural teeth.

The medication caused gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers that led Natalie to vomit several times a day.  Pictured: Natalie in hospital after she was diagnosed with peptic stomach ulcers

The medication caused gastrointestinal problems and stomach ulcers that led Natalie to vomit several times a day. Pictured: Natalie in hospital after she was diagnosed with peptic stomach ulcers

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Natalie watched hundreds of videos on speech impediments, using those methods to help improve her speech.  In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

Natalie watched hundreds of videos on speech impediments, using those methods to help improve her speech. In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

She said: ‘Watching videos of speech impediments, I start to use my tongue, the tongue is the problem.

“Obviously it’s embarrassing to have my teeth fall out while trying to talk, so I started reading books out loud in the kitchen.”

“I would look at YouTube videos and try to talk to them to see if it sounded good.

“Once I got the hang of it, it was easy, I almost forgot I had my dentures on.”

Despite the initial cost to fix her smile, Natalie hopes to undergo reconstructive jaw surgery, estimated to cost $16,500; however, she still has to save the money for this.

Although the shape of her face has changed, along with her day-to-day life, Natalie hasn’t let her new look get her down, and has even shared her journey on social media.

Natalie is hoping to undergo reconstructive jaw surgery, estimated to cost $16,500 (£13,260);  however, she still has to save the money for this.  In the photo: Natalie in the hospital

Natalie is hoping to undergo reconstructive jaw surgery, estimated to cost $16,500 (£13,260); however, she still has to save the money for this. In the photo: Natalie in the hospital

Although the shape of her face has changed, along with her everyday life, Natalie hasn't let her new look get her down.  Pictured: Natalie with her dentures.

Although the shape of her face has changed, along with her everyday life, Natalie hasn’t let her new look get her down. Pictured: Natalie with her dentures.

In April 2019, Natalie was drinking a cup of coffee when she hit her front teeth on the cup, knocking them out.  In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

In April 2019, Natalie was drinking a cup of coffee when she hit her front teeth on the cup, knocking them out. In the photo: Natalie without her dentures.

Taking to Tiktok, in a post that garnered over 50,000 likes from her followers, Natalie hilariously responded to the question “Why don’t you eat in public?”

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Beginning the clip by smiling for the camera, she then took out her dentures to highlight one of those issues.

Some viewers were stunned by the performance and shared their surprise.

One person said, ‘You make my day.’

She said: “I was using travel size toothbrushes to keep brushing my teeth, not knowing I was brushing stomach acid off my teeth.” In the photo: Natalie with her natural teeth.

She said: 'Once I got the hang of it, it was easy. I almost forgot I had my teeth in.'  In the photo: Natalie without dentures.

She said: ‘Once I got the hang of it, it was easy, I almost forgot I had the false teeth.’ In the photo: Natalie without dentures.

Another added: ‘This is far from what I expected. I love this!’

“I didn’t expect that, I love people who make fun of themselves,” said a third.

While a fourth commented: ‘I did it. No. Wait. That.’

Added Natalie: “I’m really trying to not only entertain myself during this very difficult time, but to bring humor and light to chronic pain and dentures at a young age as I share my journey and story.”

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