- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita man has a new ear-to-ear smile due to the generosity of a stranger.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1M5rw4l ) reports that Brian Maixner (MAKS’-nur), a popular waiter at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, had extensive dental work done Tuesday in Ponca City, Okla. The new smile was paid for by Oklahoma attorney Fred Boettcher (BECH’-ur), who was served by Maixner in January.

The attorney approached the restaurant’s owner, Timirie Shibley, and asked if Maixner would accept his offer of help.

“I’ve had a couple of restaurants in the past, and I know how important your appearance is,” Boettcher said. “He was a clean-cut young guy with a smile like an angel, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to help.’ “

Maixner struggled with dental problems that included missing teeth and painful infections for quite some time, but could never afford the work he needed. He was fitted with a set of dentures, which will be replaced with implants in about six to eight months.

Even though he has to learn how to speak clearly again, and will be eating soft foods for a while, he’s happy with the results.

“I’m enjoying the heck out of this,” he said. “It’s a whole life changer.”

Boettcher had experienced serious dental problems of his own as a child, and remembers the relief he felt once those issues were resolved. Now that he is a successful lawyer, he feels obligated to pass on the good fortune.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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