It's been a year since Alex Berry has been able to flash a proper smile.
Last April, the 16-year-old from Akron, Ohio got a baseball thrown at his mouth during a game, causing five of his teeth to fall out, including the bottom four in his jaw, the Ohio NBC affiliate WKYC reports.
"It's hard," Berry told the news provider. "Sometimes (classmates say) 'Oh he ain't got no teeth.' Sometimes I can't eat. I just want my teeth."
Though the family had dental insurance, it was used up after the first $1,000, according to the article. To fix Berry's jaw and facial injuries, the family reportedly needs upwards of $10,000. An additional $15,000 may be needed for braces and dental implants to replace the teeth.
Berry's family received an insurance handout from the school, though it was not enough to cover the majority of the dental care costs associated with operations.
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