Kennedy Odom, 15, got so sick nine months after getting braces that she had to miss months of school. Her mouth was in extreme pain and was covered in blisters. She couldn't even eat. "Here in Memphis, everything is centered around food," lamented her mother, Cicely Odom-Rose, to WMC-TV.
Even if you don't live in Memphis, you know how important being able to eat food can be for most, if not all, people. After tests for Stevens Johnson Syndrome and strep throat came back negative, doctors apparently just took her off antibiotics "and left her on pain medication," according to her mother.
That's when the family turned to—and this is how good healthcare is in America—the Internet.
"We did a lot of research on our own, Googling things, Youtube videos, just anything," said Odom's godmother Tamara Irving.
After researching, Kennedy and her family apparently asked doctors, "'Is it possible that since all of the issues are surrounding her mouth area, inside her mouth, her lips, that it may have something to do with her braces?'"
Eventually, doctors uncovered the problem. Kennedy had a rare nickel allergy—and since her braces contained nickel, lesions were breaking out wherever the braces touched her mouth. It was only the second recorded case of such an allergy in Shelby County.
TL;DR: She was allergic to her braces.
Kennedy finally got the tooth-jail removed from her face, but not before her family had racked up some $15,000 in medical bills (in addition to months of pain, suffering, and missed education).
If you're a kid who really doesn't want to get your mouth fitted with the medieval torture device known as braces, show your parents this article. Even though it probably won't work and they'll probably just tell you you're not allergic to nickel and that you'll thank them later for straight teeth. But it's worth a try.