It is irresponsible of the programme makers to portray Betty as "ugly" because she wears prominent braces. Ugly Betty is in its third year on our TV screens and Betty remains in over-exaggerated, heavy "train-track" braces. This is not a true reflection of orthodontic practice. It is highly unlikely an adult would wear braces beyond two years. Betty's braces are certainly intended to be seen by viewers as damaging to her appearance. People who wear braces are not ugly. People considering treatment should not be put off by such a stereotype.
I'm not convinced that there are scads of people resisting getting braces simply because Betty Suarez wears them, but I guess I can see the orthodontists' concern. I do think it's high time Betty's braces come off, though (and some say the braces removal is coming soon), just because it seems to make sense at this point.
Beyond the braces, however, I'm not sure I want Betty to have a more thorough makeover. Do you think Betty should ever get a complete makeover?
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