I didn't mention this because I didn't want to think about it, much less write about it, but I'm doing a short stint in braces. I needed to wait for my second set of molars to arrive before my orthodontist knew for certain whether or not braces would be a necessity. The situation is a bit iffy, as in if my parents were poor, the dentist would probably wait to see if a problem came up and deal with it if necessary. My orthodontist probably has a boat payment with which he needs assistance.
I probably won't have the braces for more than a year, or maybe for even less, but they'll still be with me when I go to medical school. Just in case I wouldn't have stood out enough in medical school already, I now will have braces to make me look even more ridiculous and out of place.
Further compounding the problem is that eating is made more difficult by braces. Just when my weight had almost stabilized at 90, I now have things on my teeth that make them hurt. I have a list of foods I am not supposed to eat. "Anorexis" (my middle school and high school nickname) is probably back for the foreseeable future.
Some people my age and other ages are losing their hair due to of chemotherapy. I have braces on my teeth. My complaints pale in comparison, but the knowledge that I'm a whiny brat will do nothing to make me look older when I show up for medical school in September.
Judge Alex had braces when he attended police academy. Which is worse, braces in a police academcy, or braces in medical school?