Jill Duggar uploads sweet post, but critics are focusing on Derick's looks

Oct 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. ET

What should have been a post about a sister, a brother-in-law and a nephew wishing their family member a very happy birthday, took a very ugly turn on Wednesday.

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Jill Duggar uploaded a photo of herself and Derick Dillard, along with their baby, Israel, holding up a sign that read, "Happy Birthday Joy." Jill gushed about her sister's 18th birthday in the caption, writing, "We love you joy joy! Happy birthday! #joyduggar."

The family is all smiles, but instead of enjoying the sweet picture — and the fact that Israel is trying to eat the note — critics are focusing on Dillard's looks, and more specifically his braces.


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"Did he just get braces? Is this to look better for the cameras?" mama2princesses wrote.

A lot of the focus was on Dillard's braces, with comments including "braces" "HE GOT BRACES!!!!", and "I guess I can see with the jaw surgery, but it seems like maybe someone was trying to 'fix' him up or something," but other fans have come to Dillard's defense.

marianneloose wrote, "Good grief people! Adults get braces all of the time! Sometimes their parents couldn't afford them or didn't care. It happens that he needed corrective jaw surgery similar to my brother's. It fixes a bite and keeps people from losing their teeth or ability to chew properly. Anytime you fix teeth your looks change. What's the big deal?!"

And sylviafaw agreed, writing, "I didn't get braces until I was an adult.my family cld t [sic] afford it. Please stop judging and making snide remarks abt [sic] the duggers.dillards seawalds.if u dnt [sic] like them it's ok. People hate jesus to move on to something else [sic]."

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Adult braces may not be something you see every day, but they are certainly nothing to be ashamed of, and the focus on Dillard's teeth is really quite pathetic.

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