21 Struggles Anyone Who Had Braces As A Kid Will Remember

Brace yourself for a trip down memory lane...

Margot T.
Created by Margot T.
On Jul 14, 2015
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Being really excited to get braces because all your friends had them, only to realize how painful they actually are

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Absolutely dreading school picture day

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Wondering what you could've possibly done to deserve this torture

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Thinking that your orthodontist was a actually a sadist

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Living in constant fear that you had something stuck in your teeth

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Lying to the orthodontist about how much of the forbidden foods you actually ate

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Eventually realizing that although you could choose the color of your brackets, it didn't make braces any cooler

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Getting to leave school early only to have to go to an orthodontist appointment

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Feeling as though you'd be stuck with braces forever and absolutely hating how they made you look

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The horror of having exposed wires or brackets dig into your gums

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And the relief you felt once you applied orthodontic wax to ease the pain

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The face you'd make when the orthodontist came towards you with metal tools

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Trying to convince yourself that braces were cool since you were going to be stuck with them for a while

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The awkward face you made when you tried to smile with a mouth full of metal

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Feeling a little bit better when you saw that even celebrities had to have braces too

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Trying to hook your rubber bands to your brackets properly and being afraid they'd snap

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Being terrified that this would happen

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Being thrilled when you were told you were getting them removed soon

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The feeling you got when you ran your tongue across your teeth right after getting them off

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Being so excited to finally wear a retainer because anything was better than braces

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Knowing that in the end it was all worth it because now you have a beautiful, straight smile!