I was a Teenage Metal Mouth

Just as bad guys in the movies were easily identified by a smoldering cigarette dangling from their lips, geeks were recognized by their braces. (See Anthony Michael Hall in The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles.) Sometimes they even wore headgear.

One unfortunate girl at my high school had to wear it. “Oh my God, have you seen Jenny today?” my friend whispered to me in gym class one morning. “I heard her brother hit her in the jaw with a baseball bat and now she has to wear headgear. TO SCHOOL.”

Never mind that headgear is actually for correcting bite problems, the rumor mill wasn’t bothered with the truth. Everyone I knew heard the urban legend about two teenagers who French kissed and got their braces locked together. Their parents took them to the orthodontist to get them separated with pliers. Totally.

Despite possible geek status and the hazards of kissing, my friends and I WANTED braces. One by one, we got them. It was cool… for an hour. Then the pain started.   Me in braces, disguised

It seemed positively medieval to have metal brackets glued to our teeth, tightened with wire. It was like having a fence in our mouths. Our teeth hurt, the insides of our cheeks were shredded, and we lived in constant fear of talking to a cute guy with food stuck in our braces. Like we needed something to worry about besides pimples in our T-zones.

To correct an overbite, I also had to hook on rubber bands to help move my jaw forward. Those small elastics could be shot across the classroom at the blackboard, or at the backs of people’s heads, which the boys in my classes did whenever the teacher’s back was turned. The non-braces-wearers wanted in on that action too so a black market developed for the rubber bands. They sold for $5 a bag.

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