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Woman Surprises Her 12-Year-Old Son After Getting His Braces Removed – See His Viral Reaction to Mom's New Smile (Exclusive)

Polina Marian, a single mother of five, tells PEOPLE that her son Noah had his braces removed two months ago



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Polina Marian and her son Noah

  • After having her braces removed, Polina Marian surprised her 12-year-old son Noah with her new smile. His heartfelt reaction captured the hearts of millions of online viewers

  • Several social media users praised Noah's manners and authenticity, and many praised Marian for her skills as a good mother

  • The single mother of five spoke to PEOPLE about her son's viral fame and how she has built a strong emotional bond with all of her children

Polina Marian had a particularly nice reason to show off her new smile after having her braces removed this year.

After wearing braces on her teeth for 14 months, the single mother of five showed off her new braces to her family. She filmed each of her children's reactions to her metal-free mouth, but the emotions of Marian's 12-year-old son Noah rang particularly genuine to social media users.

The Hawaii-based mom posted a video of her middle son's candid reaction after school. Noah opened the car door to ask Marian for permission to hang out at a friend's house, and although he initially seemed in a hurry to get back to his friends, the teen remained serious when his mom revealed she had removed her braces.

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“Let me see!” he gasped in the video, which has garnered over 1.7 million likes on Instagram since Marian's post in March. When he caught a glimpse of his mother's pearly white teeth, Noah also beamed and cheered: “Oh my God! It's so amazing.”

He was just closing the car door, but before he drove off to end the school day, he stuck his head in one last time to praise his mother: “I love it. But I have to be released now,” Noah said.

Marian tells PEOPLE that her son had had his braces removed just two months earlier, which added to his overall excitement and appreciation.

She also posted a longer version of her conversation with Noah at the car, which again garnered over a million likes on the app. Viewers flocked to comment on both videos to celebrate Noah's healthy demeanor.



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Polina Marian

Polina Marian and her children

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“I love how his whole face changes when he sees your new smile. What a sweet boy!” wrote one user.

The mother-son duo have even gained some notoriety thanks to the video, receiving a lot of praise from people both online and in person. They've met local supporters and posed for photos with people they recognize along the way.

“A lot of people wanted to be friends with him,” Marian says of Noah's newfound fan base. “When we do our livestreams on Instagram or TikTok, it's always, 'Where's Noah?'”



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Polina Marian's five children

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Several online comments praised Marian for her good mothering and pointed out Noah's manners and sensitive communication. “You can hear how he has been spoken to and treated his entire life,” one person noted.

Others asked Marian to teach the world her parenting skills “so that an entire generation will become adults like him,” as one person commented. (Not surprisingly, Marian actually offers a digital parenting guide on her website.)

As a mother, Marian makes it a point to build close bonds with each of her children and respect their sensitivities, especially since her divorce five years ago.



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Polina Marian's daughter Elli and son Noah

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“The biggest challenge was figuring out how to build an emotional connection with my children and create an environment where they feel safe enough to share and be themselves,” she explains her relationships with Noah and her four other children – sons Avi (16) and Mikah (10) and daughters Elli (14) and Adelina (8).

The content creator tells PEOPLE that Noah's viral authenticity seems to be the result of the nurturing environment she has created at home.

“He is always very considerate, very caring and attentive,” says Marian. “That's the kind of relationship we have.”

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