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21 Things You'll Only Understand If You Had Braces

Let's be honest, orthodontists live to cause children pain.

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1. First of all, you weren't too thrilled with the idea of your mouth being laced with wire and metal.

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2. Choosing which color to put on your braces always felt like you were choosing the next Spring fashion trend.

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3. You felt like you were in a horror movie when the orthodontist lazily trimmed your wires and you were left with a bloody mouth.

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4. You had so many cuts throughout your mouth from those metal brackets of death.

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Your mouth basically looked like a war-zone.

5. You tried using the wax to help, but the squares wouldn't stick for longer than 10 seconds.

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No it's cool, I'll just live with the pain.

6. If you had rubber bands, you were always paranoid one would break and snap in your mouth.

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7. And you hated taking your rubber bands out to eat — but it had to be done.

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And you felt even worse if you were in public and had to take them out.

8. So many people told you "all the ~cool kids~ were getting braces" and you tried so hard to believe it.

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9. You gagged whenever you had to get a mould of your teeth taken.

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10. Nothing will ever compare to the pain that is a palette expander.

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Praying for anyone who had top AND bottom palette expanders AT THE SAME TIME.

11. You could never understand why anyone willingly got braces without needing them.

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12. You had to pretty much be dragged into the orthodontist's office when you knew you were going to be getting your braces tightened.

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13. And you couldn't eat solid food for days after having them tightened because it physically hurt your face and mouth to chew anything.

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14. You struggled with deciding whether or not to show your teeth on a daily basis.

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Teeth or no teeth for this picture?

15. When literally half your diet had to be cut out because of how much it hurt to eat, like, everything.

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16. And all you wanted was a freakin' stick of gum, but were forced to have the "special gum for braces," and it never tasted the same.

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17. You wanted to kill anyone who would say, "but your teeth are already so straight!"

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Yes, I know, can you say that to my orthodontist?????

18. The worst feeling on Earth was when food got caught and you had to become a miner, digging out the food and extracting it.

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19. Your orthodontist told you so many damn that you would be "getting your braces off your next visit" that you stopped believing in anything ever again.

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20. But when you did get your braces off, it was like the world had opened up to you.

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21. But then your orthodontist handed you retainers, and you realized you'd never, ever be free from the wrath that is braces.

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