NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:31 PM
An outgoing waiter has no issues smiling anymore.
Brian Maixner, a waiter from Wichita Kansas says his life has been extended thanks to a generous customer who, after meeting him once, offered to pay the cost for a much needed set of new teeth.
“It’s so great, it’s a huge weight off of my shoulders,” he told the Daily News. “I can’t tell you how much longer I’m going to live. I just have this new appreciation for my health.”
The Doo-Dah Diner has posted a heartwarming picture of Brian’s new pearly whites compared to his previous smile that was marred by tooth decay. A customer named Fred Boettcher saw his condition in January and offered to help on the spot.
“He had a lot of dental issues as a kid and he told me ‘I can do this and I should do it,'” Brian said, adding his Christian faith also accounted for his sense of charity. “That’s the way he looks at it.”
I can’t tell you how much longer I’m going to live. I just have this new appreciation for my health.
The 43-year-old single father said his family couldn’t afford dental insurance as a kid and his teeth began to really deteriorate the last half dozen years.
He was self-conscious about it, but it never affected his job as a food server for the past 20 years due to his outgoing personality, his boss Timirie Shibley, who owns the diner, told The News.
She and her husband Patrick hired Brian in November, 2013 after seeing the great job he always did at his previous restaurant.
“The first thing we thought was what an outstanding server,” she said. “Yes, his teeth were offensive, but the second time you meet him you don’t think about his teeth. He smiles so big with eyes. He makes such a big impression.”
Shibley said she has never gotten any complaints from customers about Brian though in the back of her head she did worry if someone would say something. Those fears intensified a few months back when Boettcher approached her and wanted to ask about Brian.
“He just said ‘I know this sounds crazy, but I want to help him,'” she said. “He said he had done this for 9 or 10 other people, and has lived a blessed life and wanted to help.”
Shibley was overcome with emotion and when she told Brian the news she said the two hugged and cried together.
Brian received a new set of dentures on March 2 and said at the end of the year he will be fitted for dental implants. It has been an adjustment for the man who has never had dental work before but said he is learning how to speak and feel comfortable with his new teeth.
When he went back to work last Wednesday the regular customers all noticed his major improvement.
“They all said ‘wow,'” Brian said. “Me too. I’m still looking at the mirror saying ‘wow.'”