Goodbye Braceface, Hello World!

By Melisa, age 13, Belgium

After 1 year and 7 months of suffering, I finally got my braces off! But all that time was worth the wait. I'm insanely happy with the way my teeth look now. White and straight - what else can you want in teeth? Unfortunately, they weren't always like that.

I was 11 when I first got them on and I was scared of showing them to the world, so I remained quiet and hardly smiled. I was pretty much known as "The Braceface," but not really in a bad way. All my friends would say I looked cute and so young, but after I turned 13 I still held that image. I didn't want to look small anymore. All my friends were 13 or 14 and looked a lot older than me, and it was all because of my evil braces.

It was always such a hassle trying to brush them, not being able to eat the foods I love (like apples and carrots), and especially the embarrassment when I was walking around school with food stuck in them! Usually, I would ask a friend to come with me to the bathroom to take out the bits of food. :(

After a year of wearing them, all my friends started telling me: "You're going to look so pretty when you get your braces off!" I hated when they said that because I never knew what to think. Does that mean I'm not pretty now? Or does it mean I'm pretty but I'll look better?

After 1 year and 7 months, my dentist told me that I was ready for the braces to be taken out. I can't even explain the joy I was feeling - it was so amazing. I started picturing myself without them and how many compliments I'd get.

When I was in the waiting room, I was shaking with nervousness, not knowing how they were going to turn out. The procedure to take them out was quite simple, but I did feel some pain. They literally just pull the brackets out and then start grinding the glue off which caused my gums to bleed quite a lot, but I remained strong. After that ... Voilà!

I looked in a mirror and was shocked to see myself. Who was this person? I never knew it could change my face so drastically. My mom was extremely shocked as well and was very pleased with the results, as was I. Right now, I am brace-free and loving it! Unfortunately though, my gums are still quite swollen after the procedure, but whatever. That's the least I could care about at the moment.

So right now ... I'm sitting at home with straight, white teeth! Woohoo!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
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