Mouth space and the quest for the perfect bite

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My early life was marked by the American Dream. No. Not home ownership. The other American Dream: straight teeth, a stunning smile and a perfect bite. In order to achieve this dream, my mouth needed space. More space than I was born with, apparently. So at the tender age of 7, my mother listened to the advice of an orthodontist, and in one fell swoop, they extracted 10 of my baby teeth.