Braces: A Pain In The AssOne out of three children or teenagers will have to live through their"rites of passage years" as a prisoner of their own orthodonist. Puberty isburdened enough by zit and acne battles, awkward growth spurts, and raging evilhormones. Braces add additional torture to this already hellish time to bothparent and child. A life with braces is far more humilating, painful, andexpensive than living with buck teeth, gaps, or a snarled tooth.Mental scars remain long after cuts and bloody sores in the mouth havehealed. These platinum-colored shackles come with a factory full of degradinginsults and nicknames. All through school one can expect to be called brace-face,tractor teeth, and metal mouth. The orthadontically challenged are always thebutt of electricity and lip-locking jokes. The orthodontist's office is also asource of embarrassment. Most offices are open-air, filled with other patients.