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Story: Pearl and Flossie
« on: 07. December 2019, 08:12:18 AM »
This is a kind of prequel chapter to a story based on a post I made in the "office of your dream" thread that I've been thinking about writing. I changed some slight details like making the characters a bit younger, but other than that I hope you like it. Let me know if you would want to see more.

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It had been almost 10 years since Quinn had lived in her hometown. After graduating high school she had immediately gone to college to study architecture and then lived with her boyfriend in Chicago only returning for brief visits. However, after their nasty breakup, she decided to move back to the very small town in Virginia she had come from. It was almost as she remembered. One thing she did notice was how many more people seemed to walk around smiling. And not only that, they all seemed to have impressive Hollywood smiles, much more than you would expect from such a small town in the middle of nowhere.

After a week or two back, she had lunch with a childhood friend, Charlotte. Charlotte seemed the same as always, as they had kept in touch the past several years, with one major difference. When she sat down and smiled, she had a mouthful of orthodontia that seemed out of place with the rest of her fashionable self. Quinn was surprised. "Your teeth were already fine, do you really need them?" Charlotte laughed. "I guess you noticed." She bared her teeth, showing the full glory of her metal mouth. Not only was she not wearing Invisalign, they were chunky and made of metal, almost completely covering her teeth, with a set of pink rubber bands tying her top teeth to her bottom. "It's a bit of a long story. Do you remember Dr. Whites?"

Dr. Whites and his wife, who went by Dr. Mary, were the only dentists in town when Quinn and Charlotte were growing up. Their office was a converted home that they still lived in the top floor of. "They retired a few years ago." Charlotte continued. "But their daughter took over the practice. Remember Pearl?" Quinn vaguely remembered Pearl Whites, who went to school with them. Perhaps it was because her parents were feared and resented by the local children, or because she was a strange-looking nerdy girl who always talked about science, but Pearl didn't seem to have many friends growing up. "She's still a general dentist, but she also specializes in orthodontics. Remember those big metal braces her parents made her wear in high school?" Quinn chuckled, even though Charlotte's braces were probably more noticeable than Pearl's ever were. "Anyway, apparently she's actually very successful in her field. She graduated dental school early, and wrote a bunch of papers on orthodontics before working here. But now she's doing a study on women 25-35, and giving free treatment to any willing participants."

"And you agreed? Why?" Quinn raised an eyebrow. "Well, the study only lasts a couple months, apparently her methods work very fast. But the results are so surprising. It's like if someone's teeth are 80 percent perfect to begin with, she can bring them up to 100, and they come out looking like a celebrity! And to be honest, it would get her to stop pestering me at every appointment." She rolled her eyes at the last point. "But you'd be surprised, almost every girl we went to school with has had them by now, it's like she's finally popular a decade later." Quinn raised an eyebrow again. "Well I'm not getting them, that's for sure." Charlotte chuckled, showing another rubber and metal smile. "Suit yourself then."


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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #1 on: 07. December 2019, 09:08:04 AM »
Great start! I'm looking forward to more :)

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« Reply #2 on: 07. December 2019, 09:44:31 AM »
I would definitely like to see more of this story.

It is nice to see a new writer adding to the collection of stories here.

Stretch out the story a little and add some detail to it. Write what you feel and write for yourself. Don't worry about the rest of us. I will always appreciate when someone writes a story. It is always interesting to see what is in the minds of other people.

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #3 on: 07. December 2019, 15:14:37 PM »
Awesome start

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« Reply #4 on: 08. December 2019, 02:52:03 AM »
nice nice  :)

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #5 on: 08. December 2019, 04:55:26 AM »
Great start! Look forward to seeing more

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« Reply #6 on: 08. December 2019, 08:08:18 AM »
Thanks for the great story!

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« Reply #7 on: 08. December 2019, 09:57:39 AM »
I am glad you seemed to like the first part. Here is part two.

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Over the next few months, Quinn seemed to notice more and more women around town with the same beaming perfect smiles, and if not that, they had the same grisly steel appliances as Charlotte. It was almost like a zombie apocalypse, and sometimes Quinn even thought she noticed judgmental looks when people saw her unbraced yet apparently less than perfect smile. Eventually, Charlotte got her braces off.

They met again for lunch, and Quinn almost didn't recognize her. It wasn't just that Quinn had gotten used to the braces, but Charlotte's new smile made her look like a whole new person. Her teeth were not only perfectly straight and aligned, but her teeth were so white they seemed to glow. It was like they had completely changed the shape of her face.

"Wow, you really do look great" Quinn admitted. Charlotte gave a stunning smile. "Thanks, I've been getting that a lot. It's not just the braces, she and her hygienist are really great at helping with cleaning and whitening. Have you met them yet?" Quinn rolled her eyes. "I'm not exactly jumping at the chance to go to the dentist. And I'm definitely not becoming one of Pearl Whites' dental lab rats or whatever." Charlotte smirked. "Well, that's fair enough. Though Pearl isn't as bad as her parents. I almost look forward to her appointments." Quinn sighed. It had been a while since she had seen a dentist though.

When she got home, she looked up nearby dentists. She groaned when the Whites office was still the only one in town. It did have five star ratings everywhere she checked online though. Reluctantly, she called the number on the website. A strange lispy voice answered, and helped schedule an appointment for the following Friday.

When the day came, Quinn found herself nervously biting her lip on the way to the old Whites office. Childhood memories came flooding back of the constant sound of drilling, with Dr. Mary barking her infamous rants on proper flossing and the evils of soda pop that could be heard from the waiting room. Quinn did not envy the patients with braces, who were taken to a special room in the back of the house for their treatments, and would complain at school about Dr. Whites' painful methods and Dr. Mary's strict rules. Except for Pearl of course, who worked as an assistant in her teenage years and wore her orthodontia with pride, excitedly repeating her mother's lectures to anyone who would listen.

Even though she swore she could smell the dentist office smell from down the street, the house did look nicer than she had remembered. A garden had been planted out front, a rainbow pride flag hung in an upstairs window, and a tooth shaped sign had been put up, showing the names Dr. Pearl E. Whites, DDS and Flossie Park, RDH.

Quinn took a deep breath and stepped inside. The door jingled as she walked in, and the same lispy voice told her to come over to the window. She noticed the waiting room had been updated from the dingy 80's decor, and actually had a pleasant minty smell, with pop music quietly playing in the background. But what she saw in the window almost made her run away.

A woman in her late 20's sat at the window. She was somewhat busty, and wore a tight white buttoned dental uniform. Her hair was dyed blonde and was tied in pigtails with pink scrunchies. Her nails were were painted pink, and her earrings were shaped like tiny teeth. She also had pink eyeshadow and gorgeous red lipstick with a perky smile. However, her lips awkwardly rested around the objects of Quinn's horror. Jutting from the corners of her mouth were a set of metal bars, reaching around her face and connecting to pink cloth straps on the back of her neck and top of her head. Also coming from her lips were a set of blue rubber bands, connecting to another metal device in front of her mouth, this one framing her face with metal bars, connecting a white plastic cup on her chin to a light blue plastic pad on her forehead.

"You mutht be Quinn!" The woman smiled, revealing a set of pink, white, and blue braces, with an intricate set of matching rubber bands. Her voice was very high pitched, but as she spoke Quinn noticed the bars from the corner of her mouth were actually a pair, one on the top teeth and one on the bottom, which moved apart as she spoke. She held out her hand and Quinn awkwardly shook it. "I'm Flothie, the dental hygienitht." Flossie must have noticed the look on Quinn's face and giggled. "Right, the headgear. Patienth rarely get prethcribed anything like thith, and only have to wear it at night. I wear mine at work, it feelth appropriate for a dental offithe." It was hard to understand Flossie as she spoke through her orthodontia, and Quinn was almost hypnotized by the way the appliances moved when she talked. "I'll take you in, Dr. Whiteth wath very ecthited to hear you were coming!" Flossie gestured to a hallway and Quinn nervously followed.

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #8 on: 08. December 2019, 10:37:51 AM »
Great story, can’t wait for the rest of it.

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #9 on: 08. December 2019, 16:33:45 PM »
Nice Story!  :)

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« Reply #10 on: 08. December 2019, 17:54:01 PM »
Great start, keep up the good work :)

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« Reply #11 on: 08. December 2019, 19:57:08 PM »
I like where this is going!!

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #12 on: 08. December 2019, 20:19:26 PM »
Beautifully written thus far. Really immersive and fun to think what happens next.

Would be a shame if Quinn gets 'extra special' treatment. The hygienist's headgear sounds very interesting indeed!

Honestly, love the build up thus far. Thanks for writing (amd sharing!).

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« Reply #13 on: 08. December 2019, 20:30:08 PM »
This is a really nice Story. Looking forward what happened next

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« Reply #14 on: 09. December 2019, 02:43:00 AM »
I like where this story is heading. Please add some more to it.

Thank you for keeping your story in the same thread and for labelling it as part 2. It makes it easier to keep all the parts in the correct order.

I would like your permission to add it to TheArchive. I always try and get permission from the author before I add new stories. I respect the amount of time it takes to write a story and don't want to 'steal' an author's work.

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #15 on: 09. December 2019, 04:55:28 AM »
Yes, you absolutely have permission. Thank you for taking interest.

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« Reply #16 on: 09. December 2019, 07:18:02 AM »
Thank you for giving me permission.

I am just doing my part to preserve stories for everyone's benefit. Many stories have been lost when websites have shut down, gone inactive or just disappeared.

There just are not enough good braces related stories around, so when I find one I try to preserve it.

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #17 on: 09. December 2019, 07:54:40 AM »
Great start to the story! Looking forward to seeing more!

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« Reply #18 on: 09. December 2019, 16:55:37 PM »
Great job, looking forward to the rest!

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« Reply #19 on: 09. December 2019, 19:34:29 PM »
I love the story!

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« Reply #20 on: 11. December 2019, 07:18:45 AM »
Here's chapter three. I apologize if the story is moving too slow. Also who is everyone's favorite character so far?

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Flossie was surprisingly tall when she stood up, almost a head taller than Quinn. She briskly walked down the hallway with perfect posture, her heels clicking on the linoleum. Quinn couldn't help but notice the way her pigtails and headgear seemed to bounce slightly as she walked. Flossie stopped and gestured towards a doorway, and Quinn entered.

It was a small room with a single chair. Though it had been given a more modern look since Quinn was a teenager, it still felt cramped with walls of white cabinets and educational posters, a couple of ferns, and the chair, which was a light shade of purple. Quinn took a seat, as Flossie took a paper bib out of a drawer and gently clipped it around her neck. "Dr. Whiteth will be with you in a moment. She's almotht done with a patient, I'll tell her you're here." Flossie left and closed the door behind her.

Quinn nervously tapped her fingers on the armrest and looked around the room. The chair had built in trays and cups stuffed with scary looking metal instruments. The posters mostly seemed to depict normal hygiene tips, except for one which showed diagrams of women wearing different types of headgear, each one looking like more of a medieval torture device. On another wall was what looked like a group of personal pictures. They included a couple of pictures of Pearl's parents, a few showing pets, and a picture of Pearl and Flossie smiling and wearing swimsuits at a beach, Flossie looking naked without most of her devices. Strangest of all however, was one photo of what appeared to be Flossie in a dental chair, a plastic device holding her mouth open to fully show her braces and what appeared to be a rubber strap wrapped around her forehead, with an unusually excited look in her eyes.

While Quinn was processing this, the doorknob turned. "Quinn Moretti! It's been too long!" Pearl had the same round face she always had, though was beaming a jarringly beautiful smile from ear to ear. Quinn could swear she could count all 32 teeth. Her signature pigtail braids from high school had been traded for an almost military buzz cut, and she seemed to have gained some muscle tone on her short, stocky frame. She was wearing a dental uniform similar to Flossie's, with a molded blue medical mask dangling around her neck, and a pair of dental loupes propped up on her forehead.

"Hi Pearl." Quinn said sheepishly. "How have you been?" "I've been good, I finished dental school, Mom and Dad left me the practice when they moved to Florida, and I got married! And I heard you studied architecture? And you've moved back?" Pearl was talking as if they had been friends for years. "Yep" Quinn replied. Before she could answer further, Flossie appeared at the doorway, towering above Pearl. "And you've met my lovely assistant, and wife, Flossie? And yes, that is her real name." Flossie blushed. "Yes, I have." That at least explained one of the pictures. "Anyway, you're here for a regular checkup right? We'll get started." Flossie pressed a button and the chair leaned back.

Pearl pulled up her mask and put on a pair of gloves with a dramatic snap before shining the examination light on Quinn's face. Flossie also put on a pair of gloves, as well as a paper mask, which wrapped around her headgear in a way far too awkward to be practical. "Open wide!" said Pearl, brandishing a mirror. Quinn complied, as Flossie turned on the suction. "You have such a pretty mouth." Pearl muttered.

Pearl and Flossie took some x-rays, gave a quick exam, filled a small cavity. Quinn noticed how gentle they were compared to her dentist in Chicago, and especially compared to Dr. Whites and Dr. Mary. They took on a much more soft spoken tone while working, and Flossie would gently stroke her arm during the more uncomfortable parts. Eventually, Pearl left the room to check the x-rays, and left Flossie to perform a routine cleaning. Flossie didn't seem to judge Quinn on her hygiene and seemed excited to show proper brushing and flossing on a plastic model, and even gave her a jaw massage afterwards. Eventually, Pearl came back into the room.

"Well, looks like everything's checking out fine, we're just about done. One last thing though, have you ever considered orthodontic treatment?" Quinn scrunched up her nose.

Pearl chuckled. "I'm not sure how much you've already heard about this, but even though I work as a general dentist, studying orthodontics is my main passion. Right now, I'm doing a study on women your age, and by the look of your x-rays, you would be a perfect candidate."

"I'm not interested." Quinn replied.

"That's what most people say at first, but the treatment would only last about two months, and be completely free of charge."

"Sorry, still no."

Pearl must have noticed Quinn looking at Flossie. "I wouldn't worry about looking like Flossie, her treatment is a special case. She was one of my first ever patients, and has been wearing some type of braces ever since I've known her. I've learned a lot from moving her teeth around, and her smile has a long way to go, but she's happy being my little guinea pig."

Flossie grinned, showing off her appliances once again. "I've been to lot'th of orthodontith in my life, but Pearl ith definitely the betht. And I'm not thaying that jutht becauthe she'th my wife."

"Not to mention my rates of patient satisfaction, the effect my methods have on facial structure can drastically improve patient's appearances. In fact, some of my feminizing procedures helped Flossie become the woman she is today." Flossie blushed.

"No, I've made up my mind." Quinn said.

"Ah well, if you ever change your mind, let us know." Pearl replied.

Quinn scheduled another appointment six months later and walked home, her teeth feeling cleaner than they ever had before.

Later that night however, she was looking at Facebook. Shamefully, she looked up her ex-boyfriend, as she heard from a friend he had a new girlfriend already. As she grumpily looked through their pictures, something made her stop suddenly. "It can't be." she said to herself. One showed the new girlfriend smiling towards the camera, but it was a smile she had seen before. That one, impossibly perfect smile she had seen so many times, the trademark smile of one of Dr. Pearl Whites' patients.

Without thinking, she dialed the number. Even though it was almost midnight, Flossie picked up. "I changed my mind, I want the braces."

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Re: Story: Pearl and Flossie
« Reply #21 on: 11. December 2019, 08:49:45 AM »
I don't have a favourite character yet. It is too soon to really pick one.

I have been adding the chapters to TheArchive as they are being posted. It will be interesting to see how this story develops.

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« Reply #22 on: 11. December 2019, 16:15:51 PM »
very good

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« Reply #23 on: 11. December 2019, 16:48:00 PM »
I also don't have a favorite now, story ist getting an interesting way..
I'm sure that Quinn did not forget that they were not the closests friends  ;)

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« Reply #24 on: 11. December 2019, 20:27:00 PM »
Pearl is my favorite. She is very confident about herself, and I think she will be very dominant  at the end. ,,You' ve said you wanted braces, so don't complain about the headgear."

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« Reply #25 on: 11. December 2019, 20:38:47 PM »
My favorite is Quinn. I am looking forward what her treatment will be. :)

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« Reply #26 on: 13. December 2019, 16:40:55 PM »
Fantastic story. Very refreshing and interesting.

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« Reply #27 on: 13. December 2019, 22:39:58 PM »
Flossie is my favorite so far ( mainly because of her appliances)

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« Reply #28 on: 23. December 2019, 10:45:43 AM »
Here's the next chapter, sorry for the wait.

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Flossie managed to squeeze in an appointment the following Saturday morning. Quinn was glad she didn't ask what made her change her mind so quickly, ending the conversation with "Pearl and I are tho ecthited!"

Quinn felt a pit in her stomach. As far as impulse decisions went, she had done much worse. She knew free treatment from a highly rated orthodontist would be an incredible opportunity for some, and that apparently, the treatment would only last about two months, and give her a smile as pretty as Charlotte's. Her original reasons aside, this could still be beneficial long term.

However, she still had her doubts. Quinn always hated dentists, and shuddered at the idea of wearing a metal appliance like Charlotte's even for such a short time. She also remembered what little she knew about how orthodontics was done at the former Whites office. Orthodontic patients were treated in what was dubbed the "braces room", and Quinn recalled watching dental assistants leading in unlucky patients like death row inmates. Classmates would tell conflicting stories about soundproofed walls and sadistic treatments, which the doctors would neither confirm nor deny. In fact, Dr. Mary was even known to tell patients that a trip to the braces room would be punishment for unruly patients that wouldn't take care of their teeth.

While Quinn knew the rumors weren't true, they still made her feel queasy about Pearl's study, but she felt to embarrassed to ask Charlotte for advice. Nevertheless, when Saturday came, she reluctantly made her way to the office.

The waiting room was empty, but Flossie was sitting at the window. She grinned when she saw Quinn, showing off another full view of her appliances. "Pearl ith getting everything ready for you in the back, you can take a theat anywhere." Quinn nervously sat down near the window. Flossie must have noticed her fidgeting. "I wouldn't be tho anxiouth, Pearl ithn't ath thcary ath her parenth."

Quinn raised an eyebrow. "You remember Dr. Whites and Dr. Mary?"

Flossie giggled. "Yeth, I wath actually a patient of theirth for a while." She gave a small smirk. "Do you remember Ethan Park?"

Quinn raised her eyebrows again, connecting Flossie with Ethan Park. Ethan was a quiet nerdy boy she vaguely remembered from school, and also one of Dr. Whites' more unfortunate patients. He had braces all the way through high school, and was the only one unlucky enough to ever wear headgear to school, though it wasn't nearly as extreme as the appliances Flossie wore now.

"I didn't like my bratheth at firtht, but when Pearl thtarted working ath an athithtant, she helped me find an interetht in my own treatment and dentithtry in general."

As Quinn processed this, Flossie produced a thick packet of papers. "While you're waiting, could you look over thethe and thign them for uth?"

"What are they?" Quinn asked, flipping through the thick stack.

"Jutht general termth and conditionth for a medical thtudy." Flossie replied. "We'll fill you in on the important parth, don't worry."

The packet was far too long to read in one sitting, and Quinn didn't have the patience to decipher the legal and medical terminology. She flipped through to the end and signed where it said "Patient Signature", then handed it back to Flossie. Flossie gave one of her metal grins and put the papers back under the desk.

A short while later, a buzzing noise came from the desk. Flossie perked up. "Thoundth like everything'th ready for you now. I'll take you in." Flossie stood up and led Quinn down the hallway.

As Flossie turned the corner however, Quinn's heart sank. Flossie was indeed taking her to the infamous braces room. The clicking of Flossie's heels stopped, and she paused. "Ith everything alright?" Flossie gave a small empathetic smile. "Yeah, everything's fine." Quinn replied. Flossie put her hand on her shoulder and led her down the hallway.

Flossie opened the door and ushered Quinn into the room, giving her a first look around. The walls were painted a sickly shade of hospital green, and in the center of the room was a large white chair, wider than the one in the normal exam room, with a light above it that seemed better suited for an operating theater than a dental office. On all sides were trays of sinister metal instruments, which Quinn tried not to dwell on for too long. On the counters on the wall was a collection of model teeth wearing a variety of different styles of braces, as well as a couple of styrofoam mannequin heads modeling types of headgear. Flossie gestured for Quinn to take a seat, and she complied, allowing Flossie to wrap a paper bib around her neck.

"Exthited?" Flossie leaned over to ask. Quinn shrugged, but took the moment to look at Flossie's face. She noticed the incongruence with her gentle features and the harsh metal contraptions fixed around her soft face. She also noticed how her lips seemed to jut out slightly over her teeth, and how even her warm smile seemed almost queasy as it fit awkwardly around her appliances. For a second she wondered if she could count the rubber bands in her mouth without her noticing.

Flossie giggled and once again wrapped her mask around her orthodontia the best she could, as well as putting on what appeared to be pink elbow length examination gloves. Quinn heard the door open, and looked over to see Pearl had entered the room. "So how's our new test subject?" She asked, giving one of her perfect ear to ear smiles.

"I'm okay." Quinn replied nervously.

"Good to hear!" Said Pearl. "Now, just for starter's, here's the x-rays we took the other day." Pearl pressed a button on a computer monitor hanging above Quinn, showing an image of her teeth. "I've managed to devise a standard treatment plan for your case. Your bite is fairly average, and most orthodontists would not prescribe any treatment, but this study focuses on our ability to elevate typical smiles to perfection. I assume you've seen some of the results?"

Quin nodded, thinking of her ex's new girlfriend.

"And you've already read the terms and conditions for this study, correct?"

Quinn nodded again.

"Then let's get started!" she said, sitting down. Quinn heard a mechanical whir as the chair reclined, giving her a view of nothing but the ceiling tiles. Pearl leaned over, wearing her blue mask and loupes. "Before we begin, our orthodontic treatment can take a very long time, and you may feel some discomfort, so we offer sedation for our patients during their treatments. Would you be interested in this?"

"Yes." Quinn replied, wanting this to be over with as soon as possible.

"Very well." said Pearl. "Flossie, please prepare the anesthesia."

Quinn heard some fumbling, then Flossie's face appeared in her field of vision, holding a rubber mask. She gently placed it over Quinn's mouth and nose and placed a gloved hand on her forehead. "Breathe in very deeply for me now, and count backwardth from ten. Good girl." She cooed, lightly petting her scalp. The last thing Quinn saw was Pearl and Flossie's masked faces looming over her.

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When Quinn came to, it took a while for her to remember where she was, but she could feel an immense pressure in her mouth. She groaned and put a hand on her jaw as her eyes fluttered open, once again having a look around the braces room.

"You're finally awake!" said a familiar girly voice. Quinn looked over at Flossie, and was taken back to reality seeing her tight uniform and disturbing appliances. "Tho, how are you feeling, thleepyhead?"

"My mouth hurts." Quinn managed to mumble.

Flossie giggled. "Yeth, that'th normal. Would you like to take a look? Thmile!" She held up a mirror to Quinn's face. Quinn bared her teeth and recoiled. It seemed like every inch of her teeth were covered in metal. "Thorry we don't offer any fun colorth, thethe ecthperimental treatmenth are pretty bare boneth."

"Is this really how I'm going to look?" Quinn asked.

"Oh no, I haven't shown you how to put on bandth yet." Flossie replied. "Open wide for me now!"

Quinn awkwardly let Flossie place a collection of rubber bands around her teeth, restricting her jaw even further. "You'll need to change thethe daily, and take them out while eating. But that'th not all!" Quinn raised her eyebrows as Flossie brought out the worst twist so far.

Quinn was in shock as Flossie clipped a metal bar into her mouth, and wrapped the black cloth strap around the back of her neck. "You'll need to wear thith ten hourth a day, probably ath you thleep." Quinn slowly nodded as Flossie took the device off. She barely paid attention as Flossie went over basic hygiene routines with braces, as well as what foods she could no longer eat and what activities she should avoid.

Pearl walked in just as Flossie was wrapping up. "There she is! Takes a bit of getting used to huh?" Quinn nodded.

"Well, you're just about ready to head out, but there's just a couple details left to go over. First things first, for an accelerated treatment such as this, we'll be seeing you every week. Would the same time work for you?" Quinn nodded.

"Very good, also, since these methods are so new, it would be better if you refrained from seeing any other dentists or orthodontists while under our care." Quinn nodded again.

"This brings us to one last thing, which is more of a reminder than anything." Pearl took on a more serious tone. "This treatment needs the utmost compliance to be successful. If you fail to achieve this, the treatment will not go well for you. Do you understand?" Quinn nodded once more.

"Perfect!" Pearl exclaimed, showing off another flawless smile.

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Quinn walked home, still clutching her aching jaw, and holding a bag full of rubber bands, informative packets, and her dreaded headgear. She desperately hoped to not run into anyone she knew. When she got home, she chucked the bag under the bathroom sink to forget about it, and plucked out each rubber band from her teeth to throw in the garbage. Before she went to bed, she briefly remembered her headgear and Pearl's warning. Still, she went to sleep without it. "After all," she thought, "what's the worst that could happen?"

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« Reply #29 on: 23. December 2019, 15:53:08 PM »
Let's see what could happen next. Thank you for this part!

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« Reply #30 on: 23. December 2019, 17:19:05 PM »
At the top of each chapter, could you please put what chapter it is. It is easier to keep what part of a story it is if it is numbered.

In this case, Pearl and Flossie - Chapter 4

I am very much enjoying this story.  I do hope that you will continue adding to it.

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« Reply #31 on: 23. December 2019, 17:26:32 PM »
great story! I am looking forward to read more   :D

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« Reply #32 on: 24. December 2019, 03:28:39 AM »
Quinn should really wear her headgear and rubber bands, Pearl is NOT going to be happy!  I wonder what's in that contract she signed....

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« Reply #33 on: 25. December 2019, 02:12:08 AM »
wow. This story is getting better and better.

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« Reply #34 on: 25. December 2019, 02:54:45 AM »
Can’t wait to see what will happen next.

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« Reply #35 on: 11. January 2020, 03:49:51 AM »
What could possibly go wrong, har har? Or, should I say, "What could pothibly go wrong?"?

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« Reply #36 on: 13. January 2020, 02:17:02 AM »
Really good story can't wait for the next chapter!!!

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« Reply #37 on: 17. January 2020, 18:26:18 PM »
One of the most interesting stories. I cant wait for the next chapter

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« Reply #38 on: 11. March 2020, 15:11:53 PM »
Waiting for more....

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« Reply #39 on: 19. April 2020, 10:35:47 AM »
Here's Pearl and Flossie - Chapter 5. Sorry for such a long wait, I was distracted by some other things. Also, if anyone has anything specific they liked about the story, or plot details they'd like to see explained more, I'd love to hear it, that kind of feedback is one of the best parts of writing!

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Quinn woke up in pain. Her entire mouth ached, and it wasn't until she ran her tongue over her new metal additions that she remembered why. She groaned as she remembered the appliances Pearl stuffed her with the day before. She rolled out of bed, not brushing her teeth, and went to the kitchen. Her mouth was too sore for a full breakfast, so she had a quick smoothie instead, feeling depressed about the lack of eggs or bacon.

Later in the day, Quinn was surprised to notice how few stares she got around town doing errands. Not to mention, when she did see the occasional braceface, she felt smugly satisfied about the slight difference her lack of bands made in her appearance. She was still feeling better when she met Charlotte again for lunch.

"So you got the braces after all, huh?" Charlotte asked.

Quinn didn't want to tell Charlotte about her ex's photo. "I just thought about it... and it's just a once in a lifetime opportunity, right?" she lied.

Charlotte laughed, showing off her dazzling new smile. "I guess so right? Pearl's a genius, I swear."

Quinn groaned. "Maybe. Can't believe I have to see her every week though."

Charlotte rolled her eyes. "She's nice. And so is Flossie. It's a shame I never really talked to either of them in school, they both grew up to be so interesting."

"Fine, whatever. She's nuts if she thinks I'm gonna wear that headgear every night though."

Charlotte raised an eyebrow. "You're not wearing the headgear? And come to think of it, you don't have any bands either. You're sure you're going to go through the treatment like that?"

Quinn laughed. "They're not gonna know. Besides, it's so much less painful, and the bands make your mouth look even grosser. Worst case scenario, the treatment takes a bit longer."

Charlotte shrugged. "Your funeral, I guess."

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Quinn was pleased to find that the pressure on her teeth relaxed as the week went on. By Friday night, her mouth almost felt like it did before Pearl started her torture, and she of course wasn't going to ruin that with a night of headgear.

She made her way to the office the next morning. The waiting room was empty, once again, with Flossie at the reception. "There'th our favorite patient! How wath the firtht week?"

Quinn had almost forgotten about Flossie's extreme treatment, and her nearly unintelligible lisp. "It was... better than I expected." Quinn replied.

Flossie grinned, giving Quinn a full view of her appliances. "That'th alwayth good to hear. Did you bring your headgear?"

Quinn shook her head. "I didn't know I was supposed to."

"It should have been in the pamphleth I gave you, but that'th okay, jutht bring it nektht time, okay? I'll take you to the chair now, if that'th okay."

Flossie once again lead Quinn to the braces room. As Quinn sat down in the chair, Flossie began to clip the bib around her neck. "Pearl will be with uth in jutht a few momenth, tho jutht thit tight, okay." she said with a smirk. Quinn nodded, nervously resting her hands on her stomach. "So, Flossie, I've been kind of wondering, how long have you been in braces exactly?" Flossie smiled as she began to put on her gloves. "Thinthe 9th grade, I think. Weird, I know. They're not out of any medical nethethity at thith point of courthe, but Pearl alwayth needth a willing tetht thubject, and I love theeing what she planth to do to my poor little mouth nektht." She giggled a bit. "Altho, the bratheth were thuch a big part of my gender tranthition, they honethtly feel like a part of me now, not to mention that my treatmenth are alwayth quality wife time. In fact, she'th planning on her nektht big thtudy to focuth on tranthgender orthodontic patienth."

As Quinn was processing this, Pearl appeared in the doorway. "Good morning, Quinn!" she said, beaming. "How was the first week?" Her uniform seemed to cling tightly to her athletic frame, giving Quinn an impressive view of her body as she adjusted her mask and sat down beside her.

"It... wasn't so bad. I might need to get a hang of the uh... maintenance." Quinn didn't want to admit her apathy to the treatment so far.

Pearl almost seemed pleased. "Yes, that is normal for the first week. We try to be lenient with the rules at the beginning, but I'll expect some more effort next week, m'kay?" After snapping on her gloves, she began to recline the chair. "Would you like to be sedated like last time?" Quinn nodded, looking at the ceiling.

She watched Flossie once again bring the mask to her face as Pearl adjusted the examination light. "Jutht breathe deeply like latht time, okay? Go to thleep like a good girl." She brushed some hair out from Quinn's face as she drifted off.

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When Quinn opened her eyes once again, she looked up at Pearl looking down at her with a rather stern expression. "Quinn, I'd like to discuss your treatment a bit more."

Quinn took a moment to adjust, gently rubbing her jaw and wincing. She felt a throbbing pain in her jaw, twice as bad as last time. Pearl continued. "By looking at the state of your bite, I'm wondering if you paid any attention to my instructions at all. You are taking this seriously, aren't you?"

Quinn nodded. "Sorry, it takes some getting used to, and there's a lot of info in those pamphlets..." she lied.

Pearl seemed to relax. "It's okay, I just don't want to see your treatment fall behind schedule is all. I'm looking forward to seeing your new smile once the time's up." She gave a warm smile, which was offset by her jarringly perfect teeth. "All I ask is that you take this a bit more seriously this week. We had to tighten you up a bit more than usual today, and I don't think either of us would like it if we got any further off track, right?"

Quinn nodded. "I promise I'll do better next time." She said solemnly.

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Quinn stepped back in her apartment, clutching her jaw once again. She took some ibuprofen and went to work getting rid of each of the fresh bands Pearl had gracefully threaded into her mouth. She was glad Pearl seemed to take her excuses seriously, and of course that she didn't have to see her for another week. She went to bed without the headgear, letting it gather dust under the sink for another night.

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« Reply #40 on: 19. April 2020, 17:34:16 PM »
Tanks for this chapter. cant wait for the next one!

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« Reply #41 on: 20. April 2020, 14:26:33 PM »
Great chapter again. Would love to see some more development in one chapter, a small view what to expect in the next chapter or so

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« Reply #42 on: 21. April 2020, 05:13:45 AM »
Thank you for the new chapter.

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« Reply #43 on: 21. April 2020, 08:27:21 AM »
I love the character development.  Maybe Pearl decides on some permanent metal appliances this time as punishment for lack of compliance?

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« Reply #44 on: 23. April 2020, 11:00:46 AM »
This is the setence I love most:  ,,I don't think either of us would like it if we got any further off track, right?'' That's how orthodontists always talk :D

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« Reply #45 on: 20. July 2020, 23:06:16 PM »
wow! great story. love it!

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« Reply #46 on: 24. July 2020, 12:28:21 PM »
Here's Pearl and Flossie - Chapter 6. Sorry for another long wait. Let me know what you think!


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Quinn's heart sank when she woke up on Saturday morning. Naturally, she hadn't once made an attempt to follow Pearl's instructions in the past week, and she was beginning to feel nervous about her running out of patience. She brushed as hard as she could, making sure to grab her headgear as she rushed to the office this time.

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The waiting room was once again devoid of any other patients. Flossie perked up as she stepped in. "You're here early! Are you jutht that exthited today?" She gave one of her patented metal grins.

Quinn awkwardly nodded, holding up her headgear, causing Flossie to smile as wide as her appliances allowed her. "And you finally brought your headgear! I'll take you to your theat, we're jutht about ready for you."

Quinn once again followed Flossie to the the dreaded chair. Flossie helped her into the seat and clipped on the bib. "Alrighty then, I'll jutht take the headgear for Dr. Whiteth to inthpect, tho jutht thit tight for a moment, okay?"

Quinn perked up. "Wait, what do you mean inspect?"

Flossie smirked. "Oh, yeth, thith ith your firtht time bringing your headgear in. You thee, our headgear are equipped with timerth that will tell uth how long a patient had worn it for."

Quinn was speechless as Flossie stepped out of the room with her appliance. She fidgeted as she looked around the room. The styrofoam models seemed to loom over her, some of them wearing devices even more sinister than Flossie's. She didn't know why these two dental professionals were making her so nervous, but she had a bad feeling about this appointment.

After what felt like ages, the door creaked open. Pearl stepped into view, with Flossie behind her. They both had oddly calm expressions on their faces. Pearl spoke first.

"So, Ms. Moretti, I'm afraid your treatment will be a bit different today. Due to your lack of compliance so far, we may have to move you up to a level two patient. I trust you remember this from the terms and conditions." She sounded strict, yet polite, almost like a schoolteacher. "We won't be using sedation at this point, but we will be using other methods to keep you still while we work. This may be a good time to remind you that if you decide to opt out of the study at this point, we will regrettably have to sue for breach of contract." She gave a pitying smile. "Now, have you ever been to a dentist that used any type of restraints before?"

Quinn was at a loss for words. "I... no? What kind of restraints are you talking about?" She was almost shaking.

Pearl gave a gentle smile. "Yes, dental restraints aren't as common as they should be. My parents would use them for uncooperative orthodontic patients, and this office has used them ever since. Some of my patients even request them during their treatment, isn't that right, Flossie?" Flossie blushed, hiding a smile with her perfectly manicured hands. "We'll just be using some simple rubber straps, is that alright with you?"

Quinn nodded. "Yes, it's alright." She supposed it was best to get this over with, after all.

Pearl smiled again. "Perfect. Flossie will get you nice and comfortable while I get everything ready, how does that sound?"

Quinn nodded again, and Pearl stepped out of the room. Flossie looked down and smiled. "Alright Quinn, jutht relaxth and plathe your armth on the armrethtth, okay?" Quinn complied, looking straight up at the ceiling.

Flossie leaned down and pulled what looked like a car seatbelt from under the chair, only made of thick pink rubber. She loosely wrapped it around Quinn's ankles, clicking it into the other side. Quinn took deep breaths as she repeated this process across her body, with two more straps on her legs, one on her waist, two more on each arm, one tucked under her bib, and finally one on her forehead. She moved to the back of the chair and twisted a dial, the straps tightening all at once.

The chair reclined, straps moving uncomfortably as Quinn's body changed position, causing her to wince slightly. Flossie loomed over Quinn. "Comfortable? Trutht me, thethe rethtrainth are a lot more pleathant than the one'th Pearl'th parenth uthed on me." She grinned, as if she was retelling a funny anecdote.

Flossie donned her mask and gloves, flicking on the examination light and adjusting it towards Quinn's mouth, just in time for Pearl to reenter Quinn's vision, now masked. "Alright, thweetie, jutht open wide for me..."

Flossie began to floss between Quinn's braces, digging out a week's worth of filth. She sighed. "Thith would be tho much more pleathant if you brushed and flothed youthelf, you know." She carefully went into nook and cranny available, drawing a bit of blood from the more sensitive areas. She moved on to the brushing, moving a pink toothbrush in tiny circles throughout Quinn's mouth. When she finished, Pearl held a paper cup of water to Quinn's lips. "This can be a bit awkward with your head restrained, but try to spit back in the cup." Quinn just dribbled froth down her chin, leaving Pearl to wipe her face clean with a tissue.

Pearl pulled Quinn's lips back to put the cheek retractor in place, giving the pair a full view of Quinn's in-progress smile. Flossie turned on the suction, tucking it into the corner of Quinn's mouth. Pearl removed the wire with a pair of pliers, giving Quinn a brief release from the pressure in her jaw. She then threaded the new wire into each bracket, before inserting a thin metal tool, which tightened the braces with each twist. Pearl repeated this, needing to exert more force each time, with Quinn's moans increasing in volume. Despite her athletic build, Pearl needed two hands by the end, with Quinn clenching her eyes shut, gripping the armrests and wiggling her feet as much as she could. Flossie began to stroke her forehead with her gloved hand. "Shh... jutht be a good girl for uth and get through thith, okay? You don't want to make thith any more difficult, do you?"

Pearl finally finished, clipping off some of the excess wire. After taking a moment to admire her handiwork, Pearl removed the cheek retractor and undid the forehead strap. Quinn took deep breaths, relieved that the worst was over. Before Quinn's tongue could finish exploring her newly revamped orthodontia, Flossie gently coaxed her mouth open once more, allowing Pearl to insert the facebow. Pearl produced a small thin piece of metal, inserting it into Quinn's braces and turning it, causing something to click. She then moved over to the counter, slipping it into a drawer out of Quinn's sight and locking it. Flossie attached Quinn's headgear to the facebow, pulling it taut.

Quinn winced as the pressure in her mouth doubled, causing Flossie to gently pat her forehead. She spoke softly. "At thith thtage of treatment, our only option for keeping you on thchedule ith to up your wear time to 24/7. We know thith could be difficult for you, tho we've dethided to lock it in at leatht until your nextht adjuthtment. Remember that trying to remove it yourthelf can be dangerouth, and that your contract forbidth you from theeing any other dental practitionerth until your treatment is complete. Do you underthtand?" She had a sympathetic tone that Quinn doubted was genuine.

"I underthtand." Quinn replied.

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« Reply #47 on: 24. July 2020, 17:34:51 PM »
wow! thanks for the update

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« Reply #48 on: 24. July 2020, 20:15:13 PM »
Great job

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« Reply #49 on: 25. July 2020, 11:51:43 AM »
amazing!

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« Reply #50 on: 25. July 2020, 18:13:48 PM »
I have added the latest chapter to TheArchive. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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« Reply #51 on: 26. July 2020, 15:05:40 PM »
Hey, just letting you know theres a typo in chapter 5. It says that Pearl laughed when it should be Quinn

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« Reply #52 on: 26. July 2020, 22:49:55 PM »
Hey, just letting you know theres a typo in chapter 5. It says that Pearl laughed when it should be Quinn

Fixed, thanks for catching that!

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« Reply #53 on: 27. July 2020, 14:50:22 PM »
Fixed, thanks for catching that!

Any time! This story is really amazing and has been a super interesting build up to chapter 6. The way it ends on the slight lisp is such a cliffhanger! I can't wait for the next chapter!