Remember in Elementary school when whatever the popular kids did or have was SO cool and became an insta-trend? For example; toe socks. The completely unconventional sock which separated and exposed each toe to not only prevent the natural insulation that a normal sock creates, but they showed off the ugliness of one's foot. Why it was a fad? I'll never know... but I had a rainbow striped pair, and one with fake painted toe nails on it, don't even ask...
Let's get back on track... the reason we are here today, is to discuss braces. Most people had braces at some time in their life. Strangely enough, at one point it was actually COOL to have braces. Too early is weird and only for nerds, where as too late is unfortunate because when it came kissing time, everyone was afraid to get stuck (we've heard stories of that happening, but did anyone actually KNOW someone who's wires actually got tangled together? Didn't think so) If you didn't have braces, you either are extremely blessed, or more likely, you probably need them, but are too embarrassed to get them because you are passed the cool point.
This is the same girl. The before and after of braces... IN COLLEGE. You can compare and contrast these two photos for yourself...
Here is a breakdown of coolness of which, depending on when you were lucky enough to ditch school every other month for an ortho appointment.
(The Y axis represents the level of coolness where as the X axis represents the actual age)
Note: Headgear is NEVER cool. However rubber bands are, but mostly because they double has a hair accessory.
(thanks to Helga in the assistance of the graph)