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Talking about Dental Care

Darla and Christine haven’t seen each other in a long time. They have just met up at the café

and they are talking about dental care…

Darla: Christine, you look amazing! I haven’t seen you in ages! Something looks different

about you, but I can’t put my finger on it…

Christine: Thanks Darla. I don’t know what you mean… Oh, maybe it could be my teeth? I

had my braces removed last week. After two years, I can finally say that I have the smile I

always wanted!

Darla: Yes, that’s it! I didn’t know you had decided to wear braces?

Christine: Oh, my teeth were horrible before! I was so self-conscious about my smile, and I

couldn’t bare it anymore. Every time I was with my friends or family, I tried to avoid smiling

because I felt that everyone would stare at my teeth. I used to get so nervous, and I even

stopped talking because of it. The braces were on a long time, but it was worth it…

Darla: I think your teeth look amazing now! So how was it wearing braces? Did they hurt?

Christine: Well, to be honest it was so depressing at first. It took a long time to get used to

them being there, and they were painful in the beginning, but I just tried to focus more on the


Darla: Well, the results are great! They always say, ‘imperfections make people unique’, but

sometimes they make us feel down and there’s nothing wrong with trying to improve your

appearance if it makes you feel more confident.

Christine: I totally agree! I definitely feel better now and more self-confident. Actually, it

was my dentist who strongly advised me to get them. It was difficult, but I’ve come through

it in the end!

Darla: Great! Did you get your teeth whitened as well?

Christine: Yes, I did actually. My dentist removed the braces, and the hygienist gave my

teeth a deep clean afterwards. But I’m also using a whitening product. I’m finally happy with

my smile now!

Darla: You should be! You know what? You’ve put me in the mood to call my dentist today

- I’d like to do something to improve my smile too!

Christine: Yes, you should! It’ll definitely be worth it!

Cups of Coffee
Talking about Dental Care


Phrasal verb
Example sentence
To come around

To become conscious again after an illness or an operation

One hour after the operation, she started to come around.

To shake something off

To get rid of an illness

I really hope I can shake this cold off before the weekend.

To pass out

To become unconscious for a short period of time.

When the ball hit her on the head, she passed out.

To pick something up

To start to suffer from something

She picked up the cold when she was- on holiday.

To come down with something

To start to suffer symptoms of an illness.

I think I’m starting to come down with the flu.

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