Thanks to new 3-D technology, having braces could get easier than ever. And I, for one, am resentful.
According to Catherine St. Louis of the Times, traditional orthodonture involves a lot of tinkering, and orthodontists aren't necessarily sure what each adjustment of their little oral torture devices will do until after they've done it. This should come as a surprise to no one who's had braces, but soon such guesswork could be a thing of the past, because 3-D imaging systems will help orthodontists predict exactly what modifications each mouth needs. This could mean quicker results. Dr. Anoop Sondhi says, "Most people think they'll have to go to 20 to 25 appointments. If I can cut that down to 12, that's less time you have to be bothered, and that's a huge deal."
Twenty? Twenty-five? Fucking amateurs! I may have complained about this just a little bit before, but I visited an orthodontist for nine years. I started going when I was in fourth grade, and I was still going when I graduated from elementary school (I think we actually called it "culminating"), when I learned to play the French horn, when I went to my first dance, when I learned to play the trumpet, when I got my first period, when I started high school, when I got my drivers license, when I learned calculus, and when I applied to college. They were good years, by and large, but there were a few things I conspicuously didn't do a lot of during them: eating and dating.