When I was in fourth grade, nine years old and on the cusp of double digits, my friends and I all went through a phase where we wanted braces. None of us understood it, exactly, but we all longed for them from the depths of our fourth grade souls. Sometime in all of this one of the girls discovered that unwinding a paperclip and fitting it to the shape of a nine year old mouth, then sticking it in, behind our lips to poke at our gums all day gave the desired effect. Yes, it was painful, but we all knew that braces were supposed to be painful...

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