'Brace yourself...'

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My terrible teenage two

Karen is a mum of mixed sex, 15-year-old twins. And knows it. Each week she shares with us what her terrible two have been up to.

'As a baby Teenie One was a night terror. The stubborn streak she now displays as a teenager was already apparent in her infant personality, and our valiant attempts at following any sort of sleep programme usually ended with a crushing defeat.

'When it came to cutting her first tooth there was no cute little front set of milk teeth for her, oh no, our Queen of the Night cut her canines first! As the years passed and the tooth fairy came and went she was left with a set of healthy adult teeth with one distinctive anomaly - fangs! Now while vampires are all the rage these days, pointy canines still haven't become the look to die for, so we were dispatched to the orthodontist to see whether we were eligible for free NHS treatment. Thankfully, we qualified and Teenie One was over the moon.

'Scheduled trips to the orthodontist soon became part of our routine. Elastic bands were changed, wires tightened and then, at our last visit, completely out of the blue, the orthodontist announced that her train tracks could come off. After a few snips and a couple of glugs of mouthwash there she was, the proud owner of a perfectly straight set of gnashers. (If I'm being honest she looks slightly odd, a bit like the grinning pooch in the doggy dentures advert - know the one?) I think it will take a while to get used to them. But while she's thrilled with her new smile, she had become strangely attached to her train tracks which she referred to as her teeth jewellery. She used to quite look forward to going in and choosing different colours to suit the seasons or her wardrobe.

'Now I can't help thinking how times have changed. In my day crooked smiles and squinty eyes were infinitely preferable to becoming a brace-face or wearing those dreaded pink national health glasses. These days having braces is considered the norm, and kids who don't qualify for free treatment are positively pitied by their peers. In their world, fitting in means looking the part and that includes having the right clothes, the right hair, the right swagger and the right set of teeth. I'm just living in hope that her lovely new smile brings with it a sunny new attitude... but I'm not holding my breath.'

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