Hi Everybuggy and

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Hi Everybuggy and

Hi Everybuggy and Everybody!

Okay, I need some real advice here. I just got my braces and this other horrible thing called a Herbst appliance. it is real ugly even if it's all in my mouth. When I smile two horrible little bumps appear on my lower mouth/lip where the appliance is. I'm too scared to go out and have people see me and my ugly mouth. On top of that, I'm just starting middle school, SO I'M UNDER REAL STRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please help me!!!!!


submitted by Zoe , age 11, My House
(August 6, 2008 - 3:29 pm)

I don't think people will mind that you have two little bumps on your lower lip. They probably will mind if you don't smile!

I have had braces since October and have to wear elastics. At first I thought people would notice them and I would have to explain what they were to everybody but nobody has said anything. So don't worry. I'm sure if they do ask and you tell them they will understand that you're not happy about how they look and not talk about it.

p.s. We both have the same name!!!!

submitted by Zoe, age 12, Maine
(August 6, 2008 - 8:01 pm)

Thanks a bunch!!! That"s so cool that we have the same name!!!! I'm almost 12 so then we'll have the same name and age!! 

submitted by Zoe , age Almost 12, NC
(August 7, 2008 - 10:43 am)

Trust me, no one will care!  I'm fifteen and started HIGH SCHOOL with braces last year.  I've had my braces for right around 2 years now.  At first I had to have something called a tooth retrieval done (which requires surgery, a gold chain sticking out of gum and lots of pain). Now I have a beautiful canine tooth where this gap used to be.  Now I have elastics which are a removable herbst and trust me no one will make fun of you or not talk to you because of your braces (if they do they are jerks and you wouldn't want to be their friend anyway).  Plus braces give you a fun excuse to talk to new people (ones with braces) and share horror stories about your orthodontic treatment.  And just think of how awesome your teeth will look in the end! 

PS- don't be shy or hide; instead, shine. Then people will be able to see past you and not just your "ugly mouth." Good Luck ^_^

submitted by Wendy C., age 15, Ohio
(August 7, 2008 - 1:13 pm)

When I was ten I had a retainer and sometimes the metal peices dug into my mouth. So sometimes I had to put cottonballs in my mouth. It's not much, but I hope that helped!

submitted by Emily L., age 13, WA
(August 7, 2008 - 6:22 pm)

Seriously, don't worry. I have braces, and they're really not as bad as everyone says they are. They hurt for the first few days, and then a little more after they're tightened, but other than that they're awesome.

And, yeah, I've been through all the anxiety of not liking how they look at first. Mine are dark blue, so I didn't want to smile for the first few days out of fear that it would look like my teeth were black. Now I love how they look, though, and can barely imagine myself without them.

I got an expander a few days before 6th grade, and I couldn't talk right for a little while because of the extra appliance in my mouth. I was worried that everyone would think I was stupid or something, but almost nobody noticed. For the ones that did ask about it, I would just explain, and then it would be no big deal. It's true that the people at the school already knew me a little, because I'd been there for a year already, but I'm sure something similar will happen in your situation.

submitted by Cat's Meow, age 13, WA
(August 12, 2008 - 2:14 pm)

I have a hyrix (and braces) its like I can't smile these small rolls of metal on the infernal thing pushes my teeth down my family picture was BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

submitted by Katiehope G., age 11, colorado
(August 13, 2008 - 8:22 pm)

I have braces with horrible springs on them in the top of my mouth. Don't worry about the braces looking bad, everyone has them and they know how you feel. At least that's how it is at my school.

I have a problem, too. My problem is mainly that I have this very strange skin condition called dermographia, apparently caused by a virus when I was 3. Although, the allergist I went to "diagnosed" it by scraping my arm with his dirty fingernails, so he wasn't exactly too competent. Anyway, you can seriously write on my arm by pressing something with imprinted letters (like the logo on the remote) into it. When I got my braces my mouth swelled up huge for a week. I can never get my ears pierced, even though I make earrings.

Does anyone else out there have dermographia, or something similar, or some condition that most people don't know about?? Please respond!!! I need to know that there are others!!!!

submitted by Hannah R., age 13, New York
(August 14, 2008 - 11:27 am)

Don't worry about how you look. Be yourself.

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submitted by Cara C., age 12 in ONE , Imbler, OR.
(March 24, 2009 - 3:58 pm)

Poor Hanna, poor, poor, poor Hanna. :( no one responded to her until March! That's terrible! I hope she's not gone, then she could have seen Cara respond!

submitted by MaggIe S., age 13, St. Paul, MN :D
(March 25, 2009 - 8:47 pm)