"Smile" by Raina Telgemeir, List I

When she was in sixth grade, cartoonist Raina Telgemeier severely damaged her teeth during an accidental fall. In this graphic memoir, Telgemeier chronicles her literal and figurative quest to reclaim her smile.

This list covers pages 1-85. Learn words from the second part of this book here.

Here are links to our lists for other works by Raina Telgemeier: Drama, Sisters

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definitions & notes only words
  1. orthodontist
    a dentist specializing in irregularities of the teeth
    Let's get you set up in a chair, and the orthodontist will look at your teeth in a few minutes.
  2. overwhelm
    overcome, as with emotions or perceptual stimuli
    Novocaine, nitrous, and codeine in my sleep, overwhelmed my body...made the whole thing seem like a weird dream.
  3. curious
    eager to investigate and learn or learn more
    So, Raina, why don't you tell the class what happened? We've all been so curious.
  4. prescription
    a drug available with written instructions from a doctor
    I know, kid, but you have to finish the prescription.
  5. nauseous
    feeling about to vomit
    You've eaten nothing but ice cream, chicken broth, and codeine for a week...of course you feel nauseous.
  6. endodontist
    a dentist specializing in diseases of the dental pulp and nerve
    To an endodontist for root canals...
  7. denture
    a medical appliance that artificially replaces missing teeth
    Try to save those teeth, so she's not wearing dentures at eleven years old.
  8. permanent
    continuing or enduring without marked change in status
    An' I only just got my permanent front teeth about a year ago.
  9. nervous
    causing or fraught with or showing anxiety
    I'm nervous about Girl Scouts. Last time we met was when I had my accident.
  10. temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
    So, it's temporary? Don't worry about it, then!
  11. impression
    an imprint of the teeth and gums in wax or plaster
    The impression material has to happen, so just keep your mouth closed and try to relax.
  12. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    Braces work through subtle pressure.
  13. pressure
    the exertion of force to a surface
    Little by little, the pressure is increased.
  14. discomfort
    the state of being tense and feeling pain
    You may experience slight discomfort during this time.
  15. sympathy
    sharing the feelings of others, especially sorrow or anguish
    Thanks for the sympathy, dad.
  16. mature
    having reached full natural growth or development
    She's the only friend I have who's less mature than me!
  17. algebra
    the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations
    First period art, second period pre- algebra, third period language arts, fourth period social studies, fifth period lunch, sixth period gym, seventh period beginning band.
  18. optimism
    the hopeful feeling that all is going to turn out well
    And like every year, this brought a feeling optimism into the air.
  19. voluntarily
    out of your own free will
    That was the first time my sister voluntarily hugged me...and the only time I've ever heard her pray.
  20. bolt
    secure or lock with a bar or rod
    Thank goodness these bookshelves are bolted to the wall...they could've fallen on you, Will.
  21. collapse
    break down, literally or metaphorically
    Did you hear? The whole Bay Bridge collapsed!!
  22. marina
    a fancy dock for small yachts and cabin cruisers
    ...partial collapse of the Nimitz Freeway and the westbound section of the Bay Bridge...fires burning in the marina, thousands feared dead or injured...
  23. aftershock
    a tremor following the main tremor of an earthquake
    Aftershock. I suppose we'd better get out the sleeping bags...
  24. chaos
    a state of extreme confusion and disorder
    I'm so glad you're all safe! It'a nightmare out there. The roads are jammed, everyone's in a panic, it's absolute chaos.
  25. epicenter
    a point on the Earth's surface directly above an earthquake
    My buddy Frank lives in Watsonville, I heard that's where the quake's epicenter was...
  26. postpone
    hold back to a later time
    They had to postpone the World Series!!
  27. catastrophe
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    I might really enjoy this if it weren't for the whole "gigantic natural catastrophe" thing...
  28. earthquake
    vibration from underground movement along a fault plane
    And later that day it rained. Hard. Earthquake weather was over.
  29. concentrate
    direct one's attention on something
    Nobody could really concentrate on class work, though...not even most of the teachers.
  30. extraction
    taking out something
    It would first require a simple extraction.
  31. fuse
    mix together different elements
    Your two front teeth are fused to your jawbone—therefore they won't move with orthodontics.
  32. retainer
    an appliance that holds teeth in position after treatment
    So, we pull them back out, and build you a retainer with two perfect teeth attached to it, to the fill the gap.

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