Giving smile back included 23 appointments over two years

Giving Paula Lee her smile wasn’t a simple process.

First, she had to complete an application for the Give Back a Smile program, a national domestic violence program of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, or AACD, and the AACD Charitable Foundation.

After her application was approved, she was asked if she would be willing to travel to Anchorage for the work. Her heart sank; she didn’t want to do the commute, but she knew she “wanted my teeth done.”

Domestic violence survivor shares her journey to peace

Miracles and angels aren’t just the stuff of Christmas stories. Just ask Paula Lee. She knows something of them both.

She has only to look in the mirror to see one miracle: herself smiling back. 

Her smile is a gift from Give Back A Smile, a national program for survivors of domestic violence, and the work of Homer dentist, Dr. David Nelson, who donated his time and services to give Lee the dental treatment she needed. 

The work was far more than cosmetic.

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