Braces are a part of life for many at Dobie


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Dailey Brite, Staff Reporter

Students with braces on their teeth at Dobie are common.

Many students try to get braces over with in junior high so that they don’t have to go to appointments are be seen with braces on their teeth in high school.

Heather McCreary, 7th grader, explained what she thought or felt like before she got her braces on. “I’m going to die and I was really scared and I thought everyone was going to make fun of me,” said McCreary.

Students or kids in general get braces either from the cause of an under bite, spacing, crowding, overbite, open bite, cross bite, misalignment, or impacted teeth. “I had two teeth and they were crooked and all over the place,” said Karissa Cano, 8th grader.

Braces are also known to be somewhat painful to people and can be uncomfortable at times. This pain is known for a good cause and that your teeth are shifting to be put in the correct placement.

“They hurt like poo. It hurt so bad. One time I was eating ice cream and I bit too hard on the spoon and it hurt. On a scale from 1-10 it was a 10 for me,” said Cano.

Dentist and or orthodontists give you advice and examples of what to eat and what not to eat. Mainly hard foods like, pizza crust, hard rolls, pretzels, bagels, nuts, chips, and raw carrots can break, damage or knock off your wires and brackets.

“The first month I did but I couldn’t resist, so now I don’t,” said Isabella H., 8th grader.

Most students seem happy after seeing results from having braces and can’t wait to get them off.

“I am happy with getting braces and seeing the results. I have pictures from the past and I’m just happy I did. Beauty hurts,” said Isabella H.

A few students say that braces have caused them to smile a whole lot more than they used to. “That one tooth that I had in the back is better and I’m really happy. Since my teeth are better, I can now smile with straight teeth,” said Cano.

But the age of getting braces could be decreasing, meaning the trend of getting braces in junior high might change. Instead, students could getting braces in intermediate school. The American Association of Orthodontists explained in an NBC News segment that treatment begins between ages 9 and 14.

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