I recently went to our dental school clinic for a checkup, and the faculty preceptor who was overseeing the student that day noticed that the composite bonding I have on my teeth was breaking down, and asked if I'd be interested in orthodontics. This made me quite happy, since I wanted braces as a teenager but my parents couldn't afford it. Now that I'm paying my own way (and it would be cheap since it's a school) I've decided it's worth looking into. I have a screening appointment at the orthodontics department in a few weeks. However, I've begun searching the internet for information on braces, and one thing I've learned is that you have to go in to get them adjusted every 6 weeks or so. I'm at the end of first year now, so I would almost definitely still have them when I start on the wards. Based on what some people on SDN say about how tough 3rd year schedules are, I'm wondering if I'd be able to get away from the hospital for my adjustment appointments. I mean, I've heard people say that on some services it was next to impossible just to get a haircut. I can just imagine some hardcore surgery attending lauging in my face when I ask for permission to have an orthodontics appointment: "your sole purpose in life is to be HERE all day every day, not stroll off to get your cute widdle smile fixed like some kind of pansy!" Has anyone else had braces during 3rd year? What was it like trying to fit those adjustments in with your schedule?