Pushing The Limits Of Your Smile

There is a lot of talk these days not just about preventing aging, but also about stopping it and even reversing it. Regenerative medicine is a fascinating area of technology and I have a special interest in it when it comes to the health of our mouth.


But more on that in a minute…


Recently in Fairview Heights, Illinois, a story of determination caught my interest  as nineteen-year-old Brandon Garrett, a personal trainer conquered a seemingly insurmountable record. He is a testament to the power of perseverance that resonates deeply with us all.


Garrett is an avid sports enthusiast and dedicated runner, and he decided to push his limits by embarking on a plan to break the world record for the most pull-ups in 24 hours — an astonishing 8,600. This wild goal required unwavering commitment and meticulous planning.

Brandon shows off his Confident Smile!


“I kept looking outside, looking for the sun to rise. That midnight to 6 a.m., I felt like a perpetual darkness,” Garrett shared as he delved into the challenges that awaited him.


With a relentless pursuit of his goal, Garrett spent eight months preparing for this monumental task while balancing his responsibilities as a personal trainer. A staggering 25 hours per week were dedicated to pull-ups, accumulating an awe-inspiring total of 70,000 every seven days. His unwavering commitment became the cornerstone of his journey.


As the sun set on a regular Friday evening, Garrett challenged himself in a way that would test his limits, both mentally and physically. The sheer intensity of this endeavor demanded extraordinary resilience and an unyielding belief in his ability to overcome any obstacle.

Brandon shows off his Confident Smile!
Brandon shows off his Confident Smile!

The darkness of the night brought with it a unique set of challenges. Garrett described the hours between midnight and 6 a.m. as a “perpetual darkness.” Yet, fueled by determination and an unshakeable will, he pressed on, pushing through the physical and mental strain.


“I literally felt like rubber bands snapping through my forearms,” Garrett recounted, providing a glimpse into the excruciating pain he endured during this arduous journey.


The world record of 8,600 pull-ups was surpassed when Garrett hit an impressive 9,000, but he didn’t stop there. In the final hours, as exhaustion set in and limits were tested, Garrett boldly declared, “I told everybody I was going to go to 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 59 seconds. So that’s what I did. A man of my word.”


In the end, Garrett completed a staggering 9,229 pull-ups — a remarkable 629 more than the previous record. The video documenting this extraordinary feat has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for confirmation.


In the words of one of the greatest gymnasts of all time, Olympic medalist Simone Biles stated: “Training hard is the key to success because without it, no matter how talented you are, you won’t reach your full potential.”


Maintaining optimal dental health requires more than just occasional brushing and flossing; it demands perseverance in preventive maintenance and home hygiene practices. And it isn’t always fun…


Surprisingly, this commitment shares striking similarities with sticking to an exercise routine. Both require consistency, dedication, and a long-term perspective. However, the rewards of perseverance in dental care, much like in fitness, yield significant benefits over time.


The American Dental Association (ADA) and other medical journals have consistently reported how regular dental check-ups and maintenance are crucial for preventing not just your oral health problems, but also your sleep and physical health as well.  


With new technology you don’t have to let your teeth get “old.” We implemented a new saliva testing system that will analyze your mouth similar to a blood test, but painlessly. It can tell us a great deal about the science going on in your mouth that goes way beyond cavities, brushing and flossing.


Brandon Garrett’s journey is a living embodiment of this philosophy of perseverance. His relentless pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal serves as an inspiration to us all. As we all face challenges in our own lives, we can draw strength from stories like Garrett’s, where perseverance triumphs over adversity, and limits are shattered in the pursuit of greatness.


I hope this story ignites the flame of determination within each of us, to help us push our boundaries and embrace the extraordinary possibilities that perseverance can unlock, even when it isn’t comfortable.


Have a great week! 


Dr. Tyler Williams

Pinecrest Dental