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06/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Adult Orthodontia: A Whole-Hearted Endorsement (SLIDESHOW)

It's been about three years since I've been to the dentist, and Monday I have an appointment. (Don't start, Mom.) My greatest fear isn't the drill, isn't the bill, but that look that says: "You-haven't-been-wearing-your-retainer-and-mouthguard, have-you?" The look that could send me back into middle school, back into braces, and back four grand.

I remember the threat Dr. Guy spewed a few years ago -- it had something to do with baby food, drooling, and exile to Elba -- but, so far so good; I've been leading a normal life even though my bottom jaw is making a slow but determined trek to starboard. The only side effect that I know of is some awesome teeth-grinding at night.

So as I prepare for my visit to Dr. Guy, I thought I'd comfort myself with a slideshow of famous adults who have gone where most 12-year-olds have gone before, Orthodontiaville. These adults are successful, beautiful, and total metal-mouths, brace-faces, and Black 'N Decker Pecker Wreckers. And they don't care who knows it!

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