A great deal of excitement accompanies the start of a new school year, but some trepidation comes along with it when your children fear being bullied at school.
For those who have fears of their children being bullied, take comfort in this: orthodontic treatment might remove the target from your child’s back at school.
Teeth are the most targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, according to a study published in December in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.
According to the study, the top four dental-oriented facial features targeted by bullies are:
- Gaps between the teeth
- Missing teeth
- Tooth shape or color
- Prominent upper front teeth
“We often talk about how your smile is the first physical feature many people notice, so it’s reasonable that a child’s teeth could make him or her an easy target for bullies,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “Luckily, this is a physical feature that can be improved.”