I've been undergoing a major dental transformation. My holistic dentist, who practices gentile dentistry (meaning sans tooth extraction), gave me an ALF (Alternative Lightwire Functional) appliance to expand and align my bite and skull bones. He also gave me a head piece to wear at home that pulls my upper jaw outward. Mari jokes that I look like a gladiator. I'm super embarrassed of the big, awkward, metal junk attached to my face. Plus it kind of inhibits cuddling in bed. But he has been very supportive and accepting of the added baggage. I feel pretty lucky that he doesn't mind me looking like a gladiator. I mean, I know that is how marriages are supposed to be. But they not always are; my dad used to call my mom fat. So I'm glad that Mari can look past the shell and see what is on the inside.