No sooner had the surgeon sent me home with a pounding heart than my brace dislodged, and with it the crunch of pork belly sandwiched between two teeth, torpedoing a plate of still intact sauerkraut. The dinner guests think it’s hilarious, but when there are more gaps than teeth, it’s far from funny. An appointment with an orthodontist is never pleasant. Who likes someone’s gloved fingers feeling around your mouth? Then there’s drilling with scary tools and a plastic straw that sucks up the debris left behind by pushing, prodding, creaking, and sawing. All this while lying on your back…

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