Posted on April 15, 2018
Having “ugly” teeth may significantly contribute to the problem of bullying, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics. According to the study, teeth were the No. 1-targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, followed by the child’s strength and weight.
Do you think Tom Cruise was a victim of teasing and bullying as a kid that created his tough guy attitude he projects today? He actually went through orthodontic treatment twice, in his teens to straighten his teeth and broaden his smile and again as an adult to correct a midline discrepancy that was still apparent in photographs. His smile is obviously something he is very aware of and very important to him.
Orthodontists for some time have been aware of the relationship between unattractive teeth and low self-esteem for some time. Not only for kids but patients of all ages. A smile and teeth are the first features people notice when you walk into a room and important to communication and developing relationships while kids are maturing.
Children can be cruel and parents often ask for the help of the Team at Garcia Orthodontics when they know their kids are being teased or bullied because of his or her appearance.
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Our goal at Garcia Orthodontics is to address the personalized needs of any patient at any age. Contact our Miami FL office for a complimentary smile evaluation and let us help you determine how we can best help you and your child who is a victim of bullying or teasing.