Those among us who have experienced the pure joy at having a mouth full of metal removed after years of straightening goodness will tell you there is nothing more satisfying.
Okay, perhaps there is one thing that’s more rewarding: having a 7 cm piece of wire from said braces removed from your stomach a full ten years later.
Yes. This is a thing that actually happened.
In a case study published in medical journal BMJ Case Reports, Dr. Talia Shephard writes that a 30-year-old woman presented at a hospital in Western Australia with severe abdominal pain and cramping.
The woman was was otherwise healthy, and was released. Two days later, she returned to the emergency department.
A CT scan of her abdomen revealed "a metallic wire-shaped foreign body" had punctured several places in her small intestine.