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The 411 on Braces

It's the word that we all dread growing up... Braces. No one wants 'em, but a ton of us have to get them anyways. So, before you get all freaked out about the prospect of becoming a braceface, find out what they're really all about.

Braces - Why You Might Need 'Em

You might think that the only reason you would need braces is because you have crooked teeth, but that's not always true. Malocclusion (ma-loh-clue-shun), which means "bad bite" in Latin, comes in many forms. Teeth become crooked when a person's jaw is too small, but sometimes a person will need braces even if their teeth are straight. The top or bottom jaw bone can often be bigger than the other, which will cause either an overbite (when your top jaw bone is bigger) or an underbite (when your bottom jaw is bigger). Braces are also used to help these conditions.

Braces - How They Work

Braces are small metal brackets that are placed on all your teeth and strung together with a piece of wire. The wire is held in place by small elastic bands, which come in a variety of different colors. Braces put constant pressure on your teeth, which helps them to stay, and grow, in the right place. Braces are usually metal, but you can get plastic brackets that are almost invisible.

Braces - Dealing with Them Day to Day

When you have braces you have to take extra care of your teeth. Food can often get trapped around your braces, and if you don't make sure to clean your teeth properly, that trapped food will cause cavities. You can also get special floss that will make flossing your teeth easier. Having braces also means that you can't eat certain things. Foods like popcorn, gum, hard or sticky candy and even nuts are off limits! These foods will easily get stuck in your braces and they won't be coming out. You want to be careful eating are things like corn on the cob and whole apples - you can still eat them, just cut the corn from the cob and cut up apples into slices. Otherwise you'll run the risk of knocking brackets off your teeth, and that means an extra trip back to your orthodontist..

Braces - The Aftermath

Most kids have their braces on for about two years. But, once your braces are removed, you have to ease your teeth back into being on their own. This is where the retainer comes in. Depending on your teeth, you could have to wear a retainer all the time, or you might only have to wear your retainer at night. Either way, you want to make sure you keep your retainer super clean, which means taking it out during meal time. No one wants to see the chocolate cake you had for dessert caught in your retainer!

Braces - Did U Know?
  • Almost 70% of people in the United States need some sort of orthodontic treatment.
  • Tons of your fave celebs have had braces including Tom Cruise and Gwen Stefani!
  • The perfect age to start orthodontic treatment is between ages 3 to 12.

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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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drowning
You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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