Braces can make an ordinary smile an extraordinary smile
Braces can make an ordinary smile an extraordinary smile

Metal mouth struggles

November 9, 2020

Some people naturally have the “perfect smile”, others need a little bit of help. Yeah, they may look cool or seem cool, but trust me they are far from that. The ending results are nice but they still hurt like something you’ve never felt. And let’s not forget the awkward and uncomfortable steps you got to go through to get them to put on. Not to forget the annoying and painful struggles that come with them. So, is the process really worth the pain? Oh, the struggles. The metal mouth struggles.

I have five siblings and three of them have had braces and I really wanted them. Before I got braces, I used to put a rubber band around my gap to try to pull the teeth together and people would always tell me I should keep the gap or how beautiful it is. I would beg my mom to get me braces, she would tell me “braces aren’t all that you think.” I wish I would have listened to her because she was right. I asked a couple of fellow students who have or who had braces before “what they didn’t like about braces?” or an experience they had with braces. Here are those comments.

“Kyra Woods: “Didn’t hurt. It was like they were shaving off glue from my teeth. I was like ‘Hallelujah!'”

Senior Jayden Ballard: “I couldn’t eat certain foods, like Jolly Ranchers. I still chewed gum.”

Senior Grant Haynam: “I was so hungry. I hadn’t eaten in days and all I really had was pudding.

Junior Rachel Wuske: “I actually cried and didn’t want them to come off. I was so used to them, I didn’t like how I looked without them.”

Junior Izabella Haring: “I couldn’t wait to get them off. When we went to Cedar Point, one of the workers thought I was 9.”

Junior Erin Dingler: “My teeth looked really white when I got them off.”

My two biggest issues with braces are everything gets stuck to them and wearing my rubber bands. And when I mean everything gets stuck to them I mean food, gum, candy, and even the disposable mask. The most embarrassing thing is when you go to talk and you got a big piece of food wrapped around your wire. When it comes to wearing my rubber bands, I hate it. It always feels like I’m clutching my teeth together whenever I wear them, then I have to take them out and put them back in every time I eat. I’m only supposed to have braces for a year but since I don’t wear my rubber bands people say I’m going to have them on longer. On the bright side though having them has boosted my confidence a little bit, so I guess that’s one good thing about them.

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    Shelisa StinsonNov 11, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Awesome job!!!! Love you

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    SheliseNov 9, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Good job Simone! Super proud!