How My Broken Face and Crooked Smile Freed Me from Insecurities

December 1, 2014 5:34 PM

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Flying off my bike at 20 mph and crash-landing face first in the middle of the highway wasn't part of the plan that morning. Certainly, fracturing my jaw in two places and shattering my chin wasn't either. And most definitely, losing my signature "buck teeth" and chipping almost every other tooth in my mouth wasn't on my to-do list that day.

It's been almost four years since that traumatic, life-altering moment and occasionally, I still find myself struggling to adapt to a misaligned jaw, fake teeth, quivering eye, and crooked smile. And that's not all. The facial asymmetry resulting from brain surgery in 2006 was further accentuated by...

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