According to one definition of "smile" in the dictionary;
A pleasant of favorable disposition or aspect.
My personal definition of "smile" is;
Happy sunshine within that cannot be contained or controlled, pouring out of one’s mouth, lips, cheeks, and eyes, to be enjoyed by others that might touch them, and shared euphoria of the moment or a lifetime!
In February 2004, my smile was taken away, by an evil domestic tragedy that almost took my life and the innocent lives of my two daughters. In the middle of the night, an ex-boyfriend broke into my apartment, poured gasoline on me and my children, and set the apartment on fire. Our only escape was to drop my daughters out of our third floor apartment, 30 feet down, unto the icy cold ground and finally jumping myself. I remember feeling my mouth hit the ground hard, teeth shattering like glass, falling over my lips like a bloody waterfall. We all sustained life threatening injuries, but by the grace and mercy of God, we all survived.
It took 3 months before I was able to talk someone into letting me look in the mirror. My face was not damaged, but my smile was gone. Several teeth were missing at the top of my mouth. I began to talk with my hand covering my mouth. Not making eye contact with people, holding my head down, lost without the sunshine of my smile.
Later that same year I went to visit a dentist who told me that with my insurance, the only thing they could do was pull ALL my teeth and make dentures, or pay 200 dollars for a "removable flap". Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago
referred me to an organization called, "Give Back a Smile
". A national domestic violence program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. I turned in an application, was approved, and was then referred to a volunteer dentist, who would be willing to take the time from his own practice, free of charge. That wonderful dentist was Ramin A. Medhat, DDS.
Upon my first visit with Dr. Medhat and his staff, I noticed how cozy and welcoming the atmosphere was in the office. Dr. Medhat showed genuine compassion and understanding. He assured me he would give me back my sunshine. He never made me feel deprived or unworthy. Dr. Medhat was determined, dedicated and worked diligently treating me like a Hollywood Star! He took pride into giving me something that was vital to my being - MY SMILE!
The smile you see now is bold and full of love and appreciation. The smile you see now is everlasting. The smile you see now is because of people who really understand where sunshine comes from.
THANKS A MILLION SMILES DR. MEDHAT!