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For this comic, I took a small kernal of inspiration from my own dental problems. I’m missing a tooth so my dental plan includes braces, retainers, and surgeries. I had my wisdom teeth removed this summer, so that’s one surgery down, one to go. It’s not fun but they tell me I’m going to have perfect movie star teeth when I’m done! In only five years! That’s the plan, anyway.

I wanted Chapel to be reading a book that had something to do with braces so I chose “Smile” by Raina Telgemeier. It’s a memoir-coming-of-age story about the author’s dental misadventures during her preteen and teenage years. Check it out!

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dang this stings! i just had to get braces... yesterday!!
Lala 7/23/14
As painful as having a tooth pulled? ^^"


I used to have REAL BAD teeth. Even worse than rabbit's teeth. Had 4 agonized years in braces back in college. Ah, aching memories this strip brought me. x'>
DarkwingLady 11/3/13
Ah, I hate braces! I have them right now and it's not pleasant.
 Emma  11/7/13
This is the FIRST comic I've ever read. ~Sniff~ brings back memories of my 5 years of braces. Starting when I was 7, ending when I was 12.
whippedcream 10/16/13
Ugh, braces are terrible! I'm in my second stage of having them right now and it's not fun.
 Emma  11/7/13
I have read Smile and I LOVE it. I have no dental problems akin to yours or Ms. Telgemeier's, but I suppose that is made up for in my eyes. I am farsighted and lazy in my left eye, and my right eye does most of the work. This means annoying glasses.
Clockwork Wombat 1/20/13
Raina's books are so fantastic! I have contact lenses, so we're in the same boat.
 Emma  3/8/13
I have read both Smile and Drama multiple time~ I love them!!!!

And I have braces and an 'impacted' tooth that they might have to surgically move down, as well as a peg tooth (which is a really small tooth)
Silver 12/15/12
Oh no! That sounds horrible!
 Emma  3/8/13
Love That Book!
Ccrandom 9/10/12
I'm so glad!
 Emma  10/8/12
I love smile
dawnflower8 11/18/12
Yay, so many Smile fans! Have you read her new book, Drama?
 Emma  11/18/12
yes I loved Drama
@C-rad me too! I love that book. Now I want to read it again!
Jam 6/23/12
Wow, that's so cool! I really like how many readers here like Smile as well! :)
 Emma  10/8/12
I read the WHOLE book SEVEN OR EIGHT times. I love it, and I'm a guy!
C-rad 5/9/12
Wow, that's so great! It's cool to hear of a male readership for both SMILE and Chapel!
 Emma  10/8/12
Oooh! I love Smile.
coco 4/20/12
I love it too :)
Ginny Weasley 8/17/12
It's a great book!
 Emma  10/8/12
Heheh, saw this on Stone Soup. Nice work Emma. :)
Ms.Awesome 11/11/11
Thanks so much! I'm glad to see a lot of people have come here from Stone Soup. I hope you keep reading! A new comic will be posted later today, so check back!
 Emma  11/11/11
when? when? when? sorry i just can't wait
It's up now! Hope you like it & leave a comment!
 Emma  11/12/11
I came from stone soup too
Ginny Weasley fan 1/16/12
good god, i had braces too when i was younger. back then, they SUCKED and i had them on for 2 years. grrr....
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/8/11
I've already had them for an 18-month span, and I'll get Phase 2 when I'm 16. Augh.
 Emma  11/8/11
it still sounds much nicer than what i got. the horror... the horror...
Dr. Taxil Necrobane 11/8/11
That's too bad.
 Emma  11/8/11
Honestly, it seems to me that whenever I read something it then comes up somewhere else. I read 'Smile' like, last Monday.
Sasha 11/6/11
One of my teachers has a saying that whenever you learn a new word, you'll hear it 5 times the next day. Guess that applies here! :)
 Emma  11/6/11
Er.... Maybe it's like that because you know the story/meaning of it...?
Ginny Weasley fan 1/16/12
I suppose so! :D
 Emma  1/16/12
Just pray you're not one of the "special" cases like me.

I'm in that group of one in a few million who actually ended having a second full set of wisdom teeth grow in. My dentist calls me a shark.

I only discovered your comic yesterday and have been loving it. Chapel reminds me of my middle niece who takes after me far more than my sister likes.
JAK 11/5/11
Jeez, I had no idea such a thing existed! I really hope that won't happen to me, it would screw up my already convoluted dental plan. I'm glad you're enjoying my comic and thanks for reading & commenting!
 Emma  11/5/11
poor chapel!
Ginny Weasley fan 11/5/11
I know, poor her!
 Emma  11/5/11
well at least she can get it over with soon
Ginny Weasley fan 11/6/11
 Emma  11/14/11
Ha, I got five teeth removed and got my braces on the same day.
Needless to say, that was a painful experience.
Jeez, that's pretty awful! Hopefully you were at least doped up on painkillers....
 Emma  11/5/11
I love this cartoon Emma! I am also missing a tooth AND I also read that same book! Keep drawing!
Thanks for reading & commenting! It's nice to know there are others out there with missing teeth, and "Smile" is great, isn't it?
 Emma  11/5/11
Yes, smile is great.
Ginny Weasley fan 11/5/11
yes, yes it is.
I love how my readers like the same books as I do! :)
 Emma  11/6/11
I know right?!?!?
who knows anything about a face mask?
great strip, emma!
miss stupid 11/13/11
A face mask? Huh? Anyway, thank you!
 Emma  11/14/11
i think it has these bands that pull your front teeth forward and u have 2 wear it reading, typing, watching TV!!! UGH!!! also, you're welcome.
miss stupid 11/14/11
Oh, those bands. Some of my friends have them, but I didn't.
 Emma  11/14/11
what do they say about them? is it painful? ugly? are you good at biting apples, btw? like, when you bite them, is it a perfect little oval?
miss stupid 11/14/11
My best friend said they were really painful at first, but then they got better! And they're not that noticeable. With regard to apples...um, I guess I eat them sliced more than I bite them! I actually don't eat apples very often, so I'm not sure, sorry!
 Emma  11/14/11
it's fine...oh, thanks 4 the information on the face mask. :D
miss stupid 11/15/11
No problem!
 Emma  11/15/11
do you live in a city?
miss stupid :) 11/15/11
Im HO-OME! Man, what a great day! No homework, aced my chem test, AND I finally got SMILE from the library! SMILE: a story of . . . dental drama? Im sure glad I dont have braces – CHAPEL! Weve gotta rush to the dentists office NOW to talk about braces! I forgot to tell you! 2 hours later. . . How lucky is it that the surgeon can fit you in to get your molars pulled tomorrow, huh? And then we can start planning your braces! This is all your fault, SMILE.
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