A young lady recently shared her story about how she was mercilessly bullied and ridiculed because of her teeth. She was called names like “monster” but figured since it was something she would always have to deal with, she might as well get used to it. But the teasing never stopped…
“I was still called ugly, a monster, and getting prank calls to tell me that I needed to “fix my hideous face,” she shares.
Sadly, even parents commented on her appearance:
“Parents would often comment on how bad my teeth looked. After a while I decided that I was always going to have bad teeth and just be unattractive looking my whole life, so I just got used to it.”
As she got older, she grew to accept the taunts and insults even though they hurt her intensely. But then she realized the bullies weren’t the only thing causing pain.
“My top and bottom teeth did not touch, except for the very back of my mouth on the left side. So I could only chew on a small spot on the back left side of my mouth.”
It turned out that she actually had an issue affecting the alignment of her teeth. And it wasn’t something braces could fix.
“The top of my teeth made a V shape and the bottom a square shape. Both upper and bottom are supposed to both make a U. On top of that my upper jaw was not parallel to my lower jaw, but askew. They explained in my future this would cause jaw problems, intense pain, as well as chewing issues.”
But there was hope. She was a good candidate for maxillofacial surgery, which would fix the alignment of her jaw. Not only was she eligible, but the extremely expensive surgery would be covered by health insurance and it turned out the best maxillofacial surgeons in the world were located in her very town.
At the age of 17, she finally decided to get the surgery.
“My mouth was the “oddest” case the surgeon had ever seen. She politely asked if she could publish a paper on my jaw, to which I agreed.”
Her jaw was wired shut for two weeks. A diet of ice cream and soup wouldn’t be too bad if it weren’t for the pain. A few months later, her braces were removed. The full swelling did not go away for almost a year. The results? Worth it. She says:
“It was the most surreal moment of my life. Looking in the mirror I honestly believed those teeth were fake, and someone was playing a prank on me. It was so weird to be able to chew anywhere in my mouth, so many options!”
Now, she can’t stop smiling!
“I’m happy with my smile now, and am extremely grateful to the amazing surgeons and my parents.”
She hopes her story helps others who are made fun of for being “odd” or “conventionally unattractive.”
Her big smile says it all, doesn’t it?
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