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Study Says Misaligned Teeth are the #1 Cause of Bulling

boyGRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS- The unfortunate reality of bullying in America’s schools has drawn heavy media exposure lately. According to one recent study, kids with severely misaligned teeth are targeted most.

The research, which focused on how dentofacial features contribute to a child’s risk of becoming bullied, was conducted in Amman, Jordan. A sample of 920 sixth grade students were given questionnaires regarding what physical features were the subject of ridicule from other children. Nearly half the students- 433 of them- listed unattractive teeth as the chief reason why a child would be bullied, followed by weight and strength issues.

The findings were published in the December issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Professionals at the American Association of Orthodontists say the study is applicable to American students.

“The results of the study aren’t surprising.” says Grayslake orthodontist Dr. Michael Stosich. “Teeth are simply noticeable. Even when the mouth is closed, an overjet or underbite is still prominent.”

According to surveyed students, dental problems bullies target most are gaps between teeth, missing teeth, misshapen teeth and pronounced upper anterior teeth, often labeled as “bucked.”

The study beckons the question- can orthodontic treatment help prevent bullying?

“I believe it can,” says Dr. Stosich. “Orthodontics gives an insecure child teeth that are not only aligned and healthy, but a smile that will supply them with confidence throughout those tough adolescent years. Addressing malocclusion early is wise for countless social and health reasons.”

Gone are the days of clunky headgear and bulky braces. At iDentity Orthodontics, our young patients receive modern and discreet treatments that won’t prompt stares in the hallways.
Solutions are personalized and administered by Dr. Stosich, who possesses twice the schooling necessary to practice orthodontics. His training, achievements in orthodontic research and experience treating complex cases as the orthodontist for the University of Chicago Medical Center’s craniofacial team equates to a more efficient and enjoyable treatment process for our patients.

Parents can’t protect their children from all of life’s pitfalls, but orthodontic treatment can ensure their smile isn’t the subject of taunting. If you’re a parent who is concerned your child’s misaligned teeth may leave her or him more vulnerable to bullying, we encourage you to contact us. Popular treatments like Invisalign and clear braces are available. Because Dr. Stosich addresses the world’s most difficult cases at the University of Chicago Medical Center, he resolves standard cases of malocclusion in an exceptionally efficient and comfortable manner.

“A proper bite and aligned teeth are among the greatest gifts you can give your child. A reduced chance of falling victim to bullying is just an added benefit of orthodontics.”

For comprehensive pediatric and adult orthodontics in Grayslake, Kenilworth, Round Lake, Skokie and Wilmette, contact iDentity Orthodontics today.

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AUTHOR: Michael Stosich

Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS, is a specialist orthodontist for children and adults with subspecialty expertise in robotically assisted orthodontics. Dr. Stosich serves as the orthodontic director at the University of Chicago's cleft lip and palate clinic and craniofacial anomalies clinic, which treats complex pediatric craniofacial anomalies.