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22nd Apr '16 10:17:37 AM TVRulezAgain
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** In one episode, the family discovers that Lisa needs braces. After she's initially offered practically invisible ones, the dentist finds out the Simpsons don't have a dental plan anymore (thanks to Mr. Burns) and heads straight for the type of obtrusive orthodontic headgear known only to cartoon nerds complete with the admonition, "These predate stainless steel, so you can't get them wet." The storyline [[ButtMonkey played Lisa's humiliation for all it was worth]], from Bart calling her a "freak" to Lisa herself reenacting Jack Napier's discovery that he has become the Joker ("The mirror!...THE MIRROR!") in the 1989 ''{{Batman}}'' - as if you didn't feel sorry enough for her already. Strangely, in this episode, Lisa's braces get less and less obtrusive in every scene in which she appears. At first, she can't even conceal them by closing her mouth, but later she can, and eventually they're only slightly more noticeable than ordinary braces.

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** In one episode, the family discovers that Lisa needs braces. After she's initially offered practically invisible ones, the dentist finds out the Simpsons don't have a dental plan anymore (thanks to Mr. Burns) and heads straight for the type of obtrusive orthodontic headgear known only to cartoon nerds complete with the admonition, "These predate stainless steel, so you can't get them wet." The storyline [[ButtMonkey played Lisa's humiliation for all it was worth]], from Bart calling her a "freak" to Lisa herself reenacting Jack Napier's discovery that he has become the Joker ("The mirror!...THE MIRROR!") in the 1989 ''{{Batman}}'' ''Film/{{Batman}}'' - as if you didn't feel sorry enough for her already. Strangely, in this episode, Lisa's braces get less and less obtrusive in every scene in which she appears. At first, she can't even conceal them by closing her mouth, but later she can, and eventually they're only slightly more noticeable than ordinary braces.
10th Apr '16 8:40:51 PM 10-13-2
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** In one episode, the family discovers that Lisa needs braces. After she's initially offered practically invisible ones, the dentist finds out the Simpsons don't have a dental plan anymore (thanks to Mr. Burns) and heads straight for the type of obtrusive orthodontic headgear known only to cartoon nerds complete with the admonition, "These predate stainless steel, so you can't get them wet." Strangely, in this episode, Lisa's braces get less and less obtrusive in every scene in which she appears. At first, she can't even conceal them by closing her mouth, but later she can, and eventually they're only slightly more noticeable than ordinary braces.

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** In one episode, the family discovers that Lisa needs braces. After she's initially offered practically invisible ones, the dentist finds out the Simpsons don't have a dental plan anymore (thanks to Mr. Burns) and heads straight for the type of obtrusive orthodontic headgear known only to cartoon nerds complete with the admonition, "These predate stainless steel, so you can't get them wet." The storyline [[ButtMonkey played Lisa's humiliation for all it was worth]], from Bart calling her a "freak" to Lisa herself reenacting Jack Napier's discovery that he has become the Joker ("The mirror!...THE MIRROR!") in the 1989 ''{{Batman}}'' - as if you didn't feel sorry enough for her already. Strangely, in this episode, Lisa's braces get less and less obtrusive in every scene in which she appears. At first, she can't even conceal them by closing her mouth, but later she can, and eventually they're only slightly more noticeable than ordinary braces.
5th Apr '16 4:09:00 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan having to wear braces again from constant teeth-grinding and also suffered from acne. He gets picked on by his coworkers.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Stan having to wear braces again from constant teeth-grinding and also suffered from acne. He gets picked on by his coworkers.coworkers (not after getting acne, but getting braces).
28th Mar '16 6:36:00 PM Teenlyokofan7777
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* Subverted in ''Smile.'' The main character goes through a mound of trouble with her teeth and gets braces to make a new batch of two front teeth.
28th Mar '16 2:19:27 AM WillBGood
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* ''Problem Child 3''

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* Shirley in ''Film/{{Brazil}}.''

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* %%* Shirley in ''Film/{{Brazil}}.''
8th Mar '16 4:43:07 PM Nicolas-1223
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Due to the rather blatant character attributes the headgear usually implies and orthodontic technology having improved significantly since the nineties, this is now more or less a DiscreditedTrope- possibly also due to the fact that so many kids spend at least some of their adolescence wearing some kind of brace these days. It's rare to see such headgear now except for the sake of a one-off gag. Curiously, regular braces are still somewhat rare on TV. Guess they must all have the invisible kind.

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Due to the rather blatant character attributes the headgear usually implies and orthodontic technology having improved significantly since the nineties, this is now more or less a DiscreditedTrope- DiscreditedTrope - possibly also due to the fact that so many kids spend at least some of their adolescence wearing some kind of brace these days. It's rare to see such headgear now except for the sake of a one-off gag. Curiously, regular braces are still somewhat rare on TV. Guess they must all have the invisible kind.
26th Feb '16 10:25:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/CharliesAngels Full Throttle'': Teenage Natalie had outside-the-face braces. Even after the FlashBack, which showed that despite this she grew up to be a super-hottie, she still had the klutzy geekiness and was an unpopular girl at heart.

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* ''Series/CharliesAngels Full Throttle'': ''Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle'': Teenage Natalie had outside-the-face braces. Even after the FlashBack, which showed that despite this she grew up to be a super-hottie, she still had the klutzy geekiness and was an unpopular girl at heart.



* In the second ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' film, a AlphaBitch at summer camp wears these, but only at night.

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* In the second ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' film, ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', a AlphaBitch at summer camp wears these, but only at night.



* Early in ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', we see Ron and his dog Baxter both sleeping with headgear on (excessive in that he's way older than most headgear-wearers, and dogs don't usually get [[http://www.syzedental.com/orthodontics.html orthodontics]].
* The main character of TheresSomethingAboutMary wears quite prominent braces in the teenaged prologue [[spoiler: though it turns out that Mary was quite attracted to guys with braces at the time]].

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* Early in ''AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', we see Ron and his dog Baxter both sleeping with headgear on (excessive in that he's way older than most headgear-wearers, and dogs don't usually get [[http://www.syzedental.com/orthodontics.html orthodontics]].
* The main character of TheresSomethingAboutMary Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary wears quite prominent braces in the teenaged prologue [[spoiler: though it turns out that Mary was quite attracted to guys with braces at the time]].
28th Dec '15 4:47:18 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''
** Timmy's friend, Chester, wears what look like regular braces. However, in an episode set in the skate park they kept getting damaged and replaced with ones that did unusual things occasion, such as sprouting swingsets.
** Don't forget Vicky's little sister, Tootie.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''
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** Timmy's friend, Chester, wears what look like regular braces. However, in an episode set in the skate park they kept getting damaged and replaced with ones that did unusual things on occasion, such as sprouting swingsets.
** Don't forget Also Vicky's little sister, Tootie.
28th Dec '15 4:45:52 PM Vir
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** In the "Bye Bye Nerdie" episode, the clunky headgear is seen on a character on the bus who is wearing a "Frankie Says relax" shirt. Later in the episode, the normal kind are seen on another character at the school.

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** In the episode "Bye Bye Nerdie" episode, Nerdie", the clunky headgear is seen on a character on the bus who is wearing a "Frankie Says relax" shirt. Later in the episode, the normal kind are seen on another character at the school.
14th Dec '15 11:57:37 AM freefall4242
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* Not so common anymore, since the utility of the headgear (to pull the teeth outward) has been largely supplanted by in-mouth mechanisms like the expander, which can push from behind the teeth. New technology, combined with new techniques geared towards prevention as much as repair, means the intense headgear is rapidly heading towards obsolescence.
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