Money made from waiting tables wasn't enough to fix Brian Maixner's dental problems, but a “tip” from a stranger changed all that.
Attorney Fred Boettcher funded thousands of dollars of dental work for Maixner after he was served by the cheery waiter at Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kansas this past January.
KWCH reports Boettcher recognized signs of infection in Maixner's smile, reminding him of similar dental problems he'd faced as a child.
After experiencing Maixner's trademark hospitality, Boettcher decided to rid him of discomfort.
The wealthy man reportedly makes a habit of sharing his wealth with those who need it.
Boettcher explained, "[Maixner] carried himself with such kindness and confidence with a mouth that looked painful. I was struck by that."
He continued, "No matter what religion you might be or whether you even believe in an afterlife, the way to be satisfied in your life is to be kind to everybody and be as generous as you possibly can be."
Although he's only partway through the dental procedures, Maixner couldn't look more different. He calls it a "life changer."
The rotten teeth were replaced by temporary dentures. The dentures fill out the man's face and take years off his appearance.
The Wichita Eagle reports Maixner will resume procedures after healing for six to eight months, at which point dentists can replace the dentures with permanent implants.
Citations: Kansas Waiter Sporting a New Smile After Kind Stranger Leaves a Generous Tip (People)