One stretchteeth until gums are tender and sore.
One out of three children or teenagers will have to live through their”rites of passage years” as a prisoner of their own orthodonist. Puberty isburdened enough by zit and acne battles, awkward growth spurts, and raging evilhormones.
Braces add additional torture to this already hellish time to bothparent and child. A life with braces is far more humilating, painful, andexpensive than living with buck teeth, gaps, or a snarled tooth.Mental scars remain long after cuts and bloody sores in the mouth havehealed. These platinum-colored shackles come with a factory full of degradinginsults and nicknames. All through school one can expect to be called brace-face,tractor teeth, and metal mouth. The orthadontically challenged are always thebutt of electricity and lip-locking jokes.
The orthodontist’s office is also asource of embarrassment. Most offices are open-air, filled with other patients.This means an audience as the nurse stretches and pulls patient’s mouths in JimCarrey-like expressions.
If one should forget to brush their teeth before theirvisit, they will regrettably become immortal as the doctor announces the left-over remains of Taco Bell in-between molars.Braces become a constant source ofembarrassment.Braces are three years of physical torture beginning with the very firstoffice visit. The application of the brackets itself is long, tedious, anduncomfortable. First, cold, polydent flavored clay is thrust into the crevicesof the mouth, forcing imprints. Jagged metal squares are glued to the enamel,forcing hot, burning, glue to drip down the pink of the gums.
Braces also causeeveryday aches and pains in the mouth. Metal spokes, guiding teeth to a newshape, stab the inside of the mouth causing cuts, sores,and tearing each time aperson’s mouth opens. Rubber bands placed on top of brackets pull and stretchteeth until gums are tender and sore. Being born with unperfect teeth can bepainful!Braces hurt parents’ wallets well after the metal is scraped andchiseled off. Payments while braces are being worn are very overwhelming.
Theaverage cost of braces today is around 3,000 dollars, more for specialty kinds.Patients must also pay for damages they ininflic ii inflict upon theirorthodontic work. There are also other expenses after the metal inflict upontheir orthodontic work. Molar bands that are pryed off can cost as much asfifteen dollars apiece. There are also other expenses after the matal has beenremoved. Hated retainers often have to be bought and worn at night. Expensivedetails such as teeth cleaning and bleaching are nessacery to remove stains andstubborn glue.
These additional expenses added to the original costs can mean ahuge debt to parents.Braces can be both a parents’ and child’s worst nightmare. One can onlyhope that modern medical techniques will spread to the orthodontic world whereappearance, pain, and cost are a problem.Category: English