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An animated Canadian show produced by Alicia Silverstone (who also voices the main character for the first two seasons). The show follow the exploits of Sharon Spitz, an average eighth grader who at the start of the series is forced to get braces for her teeth. Typical of teenage life, she worries about how this will affect her usual status amongst her peers as she goes through her daily life.

The show, when first advertised, put much emphasis on Sharon's braces, as they were affected during a lightning storm while being fitted onto her mouth. Every now and then they would occasionally affect the environment around her (lockers, water fountains, radios, etc). As the show went on, this focus was dropped for the usual slice of life and "teenage issues" stories (though it does occasionally pop up).

The series lasted from June, 2001 to August 2005. A total of 78 episodes in roughly three seasons. Only the first two aired in the States starting on ABC Family first then moved to Disney Channel before being dropped.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Braceface}} character sheet]] and a [[http://braceface.wikia.com/wiki/Braceface_Wiki Wiki]].

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!!''Braceface'' Provides Examples Of:
* AllJustADream: A rather ludicrous episode in which Shannon dreams that her dad married Nina's mom.
* AlphaBitch:
** Nina Harper is a DownplayedExample she's as rich, popular, and nasty as any proper Alpha Bitch, but is actually a top student in her class. On top of that, the reason she's nasty comes from her parents not paying attention to her and her accusing Sharon of wrecking her dolls when she was a kid ([[spoiler:until she finds out her cousin did it and that she wasted her life being mean to Sharon for no reason]]).
** Evie from the high school episodes, who makes Nina seem sweet. She torments poor Sharon for being paired up with Dion as a mentor.
* AlwaysCamp: Dion, the fashion designing college student and Sharon's mentor.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Sharon's dad when she discovers that he's taken a job as a minstrel at a medieval-themed restaurant.
%%* AmicablyDivorced: Sharon's parents.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: In "Vegging Out" Sharon becomes anemic due to a lack of iron and is forced to choose whether to stay vegetarian or not. First of all, no doctor treating someone with such a severe case would say "just eat meat" in order to get better. One would most likely supply their patient with iron supplement pills. Along with this, once someone becomes vegetarian their body eventually stops producing the enzymes needed to properly digest meat, so in Sharon's case eating an entire cheeseburger or hot dog (like she tried to do and what Cody tricked her to do) would make them violently ill.
* BareYourMidriff: Almost every female character, although Sharon and Maria both eventually received changes to their [[LimitedWardrobe default outfits]] and no longer did this.
* BeYourself: Plenty of episodes showcasing this.
* BetaBitch: Subverted with Alyson. She is friend of Nina, but she was never actually cruel or mean; she just did whatever Nina told her to do, because like a lot of teenagers, Alyson wants to be noticed and fit in. After, Alyson perform a HeelFaceTurn when she had a crush on Connor and Nina made her choose between her or him.
%%* BetaCouple: Eventually, Brock and Maria.
%%* BlackBestFriend: Brock to Alden.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Sharon (blonde), Maria (brunette), and Nina (redhead).
* BracesOfOrthodonticOverkill: Subverted; Sharon got off relatively easy with her braces despite the side effects they bring.
* BreastExpansion[=/=]GagBoobs: The episode "Busted" had Sharon buy a pump water bra to give her more prominent breasts and enjoys all the attention she gets and that more people are treat her like an adult. Thanks to her braces, it didn't end well. She ends up overdoing it, with humiliating results. First getting laughed at by the same people she was trying to impress, and then her boobs... pop.
* BuxomIsBetter: The episode "Busted" subvert this. After an initial thrill at all the extra attention her new fuller figure is receiving, Sharon discovers that her more mature look comes with its own unique set of problems as attracting the "wrong" guys.
* CanadaEh: Averted; it's set in Canada (around British Columbia) but doesn't feature any of the stereotypes.
* CelebrityToons: Wouldn't have been noticed if Alicia Silverstone didn't voice and promote the show.
* CircleOfShame: In the episode "The Worst First Date Ever. Period.", Sharon walks into the school gym and everyone laughs at her due to having a fat red P on her head. It turns out to be an imagination.
* ClipShow: "My Big Fat Braceface Life" where Sharon recounts the highs and lows that braces have played in her social life - with Alden front and center in her story.
* ConvenienceStoreGiftShopping: In the Christmas episode, Nina gives Sharon a large gift basket for her Secret Santa gift. Inside it is little bottles of shampoo that you find in a hotel room, a car calendar (her dad owns a dealership) and a little blue kitten toy which turns out to be the thing Maria gave to Nina for Secret Santa last year.
* CoolLoser: Brock (at least at the start) and to a lesser extent, Sharon. Justified in Sharon's case, since Nina was out to get her, and probably turned the school against her.
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars: When Sharon accidentally came across a pornographic website, she covered the eyes of the cat sitting on her lap.
* CrazyCatLady: Subverted with Miranda in "23's a Crowd". She has 23 cats, but she's not crazy. Just lonely and a little eccentric.
* DeusAngstMachina: Sharon's braces would often kick in at the worst possible time.
* DeusExMachina: And on other occasions, Sharon's braces did save her a couple of times.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Nina's {{Alpha Bitch}}iness to Sharon was started over a doll she had during childhood that got its head popped off. She instantly accused Sharon for the crime despite no proof to claim her as the guilty party. In the third season, it was eventually revealed that Nina's cousin was the culprit.
* EasilyForgiven: Allison. Many early episodes did show that she was nicer than Nina, and Sharon and Maria initially did not want to trust her, but they are all buddies the episode after she breaks off from Nina.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first season which made it seem like the show was going to be more about Sharon and the oddball powers from her braces.
* EatTheEvidence: In "Act Your Age" Sharon doesn't want Alden and Brock to know she's dating a much younger boy, so when she sees his birthday cake is in the shape of his age, she changes the 13 into a P for Pablo and eats what is left over.
* EmbarrassingTattoo: An episode has Sharon going behind her mom's back to get a Chinese character tattoo that allegedly means "freedom" (but actually means "grapefruit"). In that same episode, Sharon's mom reveals that when she was young (possibly around Sharon's age), she got a tattoo of her disco ball done on her rear end, but she later had it removed when she realized it looked more like a golf ball than a disco ball.
* FormerFriendOfAlphaBitch: Sharon and Nina. See above next to Disproportionate Retribution for the explanation.
* FourFingeredHands: As well as four toed feet.
* FreeTheFrogs: In the episode ''Dissection Connection''. It might have been Sharon protesting seeing as she's an animal lover and a vegetarian so at least it's consistent. This one also hand waved the fact that the frogs are supposed to be delivered pre-killed by showing the teacher complaining to the delivery guy about the mix-up that resulted in live ones being delivered.
* FurAndLoathing: An episode deals with a short tiff between Sharon and Miranda when the former plans to participate in a fashion show wearing fur clothes. In the end, Sharon decides to accept Miranda's decision, whereas Miranda has switched out all the real fur for faux fur.
* GRatedDrug: Averted; Sharon is shown smoking and getting drunk on two different occasions.
* GetBackInTheCloset: Dion, an openly gay character, was one of the reasons the third season of Braceface didn't air in the US.
* GranolaGirl: Hannah. She's a vegetarian and loves yoga.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: In "Vegging Out" Sharon is diagnosed with anemia and her new friend Cody cures her by tricking her into eating normal hot dogs he claims are vegetarian.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The episode "Busted" is about Sharon getting a bra that enhances her breasts. Unsurprisingly, the episode was skipped in the U.S. and some other countries.
* HarmfulToMinors: In "Mommy Nearest" when Sharon accidentally comes across a pornographic website she covers ''her cat's'' eyes.
** Later when Sharon's mom looks through her browsing history she puts a parental lock on the internet.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: When Nina pulls a stunt to humiliate Sharon and Maria for "brainwashing" her former friend Alyson, the girls use their new "friend" (and her backstage pass) to retaliate against Nina at her dance recital. But the revenge work too well and Sharon and Maria realize that they've sunk even lower than their nemesis.
* HeelFaceTurn:
** Alyson, Nina's friend, when she realizes that she has feelings for Connor and Nina makes her choose between her or him (and, by extension, his friends).
** Nina herself in the end once the truth of the doll incident is known.
%%* HollywoodNerd: Connor [=MacKenzie=].
* TheInternetIsForPorn: In "Mommy Nearest" Sharon did a search for Red Riding Hood and accidentally came across some Red Riding Hood-themed porn.
* {{iSophagus}}: In the first season, Sharon's braces had the power to play music and electromagnetically control metal. Sadly, the premise was dropped beginning in season two.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: There are a few moments where Nina drops her AlphaBitch attitude and show some genuine kindness.
* HotForTeacher: Maria in the episode titled "Teacher's Pet" until Sharon points out that students can't date their teachers. Rather noticeably it's one of the few kid's shows where someone points out that a teacher-student relationship would be illegal.
* KindlyVet: In one episode, Sharon did work experience at an animal hospital and broke down in tears when a rabbit she tried to help save didn't make it.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Sharon, especially when it comes to activism. She is very stubborn in insisting that her reasons are the right one and can never see things from the other person's POV most of the time. Though its this attitude that powers most of the conflicts she gets into. More often then not she has to learn the hard way you can't always get what you want.
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler: Sharon and Alden, whose break up spans most of the second season and the entirety of the third season. It isn't until the last episode that they finally get back together.]]
* LightningCanDoAnything: Having her braces put in during a lightning storm did something to Sharon's braces so they have unpredictable and sometimes bizarre effects on things around her. {{Hilarity Ensues}}.
* LimitedWardrobe: Subverted; They have different outfits for the summer and winter and their outfits changed after season 1, but otherwise they wear the same clothes.
* MaleGaze: There's a lot of odd shots of bare or socked feet in this show.
* MagicRealism: Apart from the strange things the braces do, the series is standard slice of life.
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Sharon is the middle child of the family, having two brothers doesn't help either.
* ModestyTowel: Both girls and boys wears this in few episodes. In an episode Sharon scares Connor with a rubber cockroach causing him to drop his towel.
* NaiveEverygirl: Sharon wants everything a teenage girl wants: to be popular, get good grades, hang out with friends, and have a boyfriend. She sometimes does get into trouble and messes up like every other teen, but she always learns from her mistakes and sets things right in the end, no matter what the situation.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Notably, it was the first time that a non-adult animated series averted this, with an episode focusing on Sharon getting her first period while on her first date with Alden. As you can imagine, it ended in embarrassment for both, not necessarily because it was her first period, but because she was unlucky enough to have painful menstrual cramps, leading Alden to think it was appendicitis and call 9-1-1. Then at the hospital, when the nurse mistakenly gives Alden a bag of sanitary napkins (thinking he's Sharon's brother), Sharon grabs it from him and causes them to fly all over the waiting room (one even falls in a man's glass of water, absorbing all its content). Played with because, while she's embarrassed by Alden and her brothers finding out (it is Josh, her ''younger'' brother, who quite loudly tells their mom), and by her mom making a big deal about how she's "a woman now", it's said quite clearly her mom had told her in detail about menstruation and that it was going to happen sooner rather than later (she was just taken unaware by her cramps). Slightly inverted with her mom, as when Sharon protests, her mom begins to insist on it being a big deal, but she quickly backs off, remembering that to a girl Sharon's age it is a ''very'' personal and private matter.
* OfficialCouple: Sharon and Alden. They're both so obviously attracted to each other that the show surprisingly subverts the LastMinuteHookup trope and gets them together midway through the first season. [[spoiler: Then they have a SecondActBreakup and have a LastMinuteHookup ''anyway'', subverting the subversion.]]
* OnceAnEpisode: Sharon's braces acting up and causing trouble.
%%* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: They become this at the start of season two.
%%* OutOfFocus: Connor, Nina, and Alyson in season three.
* PictureDay: It's set during the school years; no surprise this pops up. Naturally Sharon's braces broke the camera.
* PoolScene: Has a couple. Examples include "The Coolest", "Up in Smoke", "Second Thoughts", and an episode with Sharon, her friends, and her class fighting British rival girls to win back the school pool.
* PopularIsDumb: Averted with Nina, who's not only the most popular girl in her grade, but is also one of the top students.
* PromiseMeYouWontX: "Leap of Faith" (last episode), "promise me you won't panic" (or "freak out", or something similar) when Alden tells Brock he's fallen back in love with Sharon.
* RacistGrandma: The episode "Grey Matters", which featured Sharon's Grandpa. However, unlike some other examples, he isn't a hateful man in the slightest. He's actually quite a nice guy. However, he believes in several racial stereotypes (Arabs having harems, Asians being bad drivers), and jokes around about this with Sharon's friend Maria and her boyfriend, who are Asian and Arabian. Her boyfriend playfully runs with it, while Maria is offended. It's implied that he gets over it by the end of the episode.
%%* PunnyName: Sharon Spitz.
* SecondActBreakup: Second season, between Sharon and Alden. [[spoiler: They get better by the end of the series]].
* SecretSanta: Sharon pulls Nina's name, and is morally torn between buying her a nice present and not buying her anything at all.
* SittingOnTheRoof: Sharon does this occasionally.
%%* SliceOfLife
* SoapboxSadie: Sharon, not just with animal rights and vegetarianism either. There was an episode where she started a rock band in an attempt to prove that she wasn't as girlie as everyone thought she was.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: A few episodes here and there.
* StepfordSmiler: Nina, she makes a big deal how popular she is. But in truth due to her mean spirited nature and the fact her parents are constantly busy, is actually quite lonely. Gets especially noticeable after Alyson leaves her.
* ThreeAmigos: Sharon, Maria, and Connor.
* TokenMinorityCouple: Brock (only black character) and Maria (half asian and half italian).
%%* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Maria and Sharon respectively.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Sharon wears a light blue shirt and dark blue pants.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Maria Wong, who is half-Chinese and half-Italian.
* TwoGirlsAndAGuy: The main trio Sharon, Maria and Connor. Subverted later with Connor less focused and Alyson enter in the group.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Nina in one example but there are instances where Sharon goes overboard on the makeup.
* VerbalTic: Alyson has to include the word "totally" in every other sentence.
* VerySpecialEpisode: A few, most notably the "smoking" episode and the episode in which Maria dates an abusive Arab guy, but thinks Sharon hates him because she has a grandfather who's racist and, by proxy, is a racist herself.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: Richard, Helen Spitz's ex-husband and father of Sharon and brothers, appears occasionally. In an episode Sharon has to deal with her conflicting feelings over her Mom's new boyfriend at the same time as welcoming a visit from her own Dad. Sharon attempt to re-unite her parents after seven years of divorce, but she fails and has to finally face reality.
* WeWillNotUsePhotoshopInTheFuture: One episode has Nina discrediting Sharon and Maria with a slideshow of doctored photos including Sharon picking her nose and Maria scratching her butt. Unless you hired Industrial Light & Magic, edits like that would not be possible in real life.
* WhatTheHellHero: One episode have Sharon and Maria getting back on Nina by sabotaging her performance in a show, but realizes they went too far when she is more humiliated than they intended, even putting her at a risk of falling from her swing onto the stage from a great height. They also took advantage of [[HeelFaceTurn Alyson's]] trust in them to go through with it.
* WhamEpisode: ''Dear Alden'': [[spoiler: Sharon and Alden break up]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Adam, Sharon's older brother, who's only seventeen but looks like he's in his twenties due to a growth spurt.
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