Everyone knows the classic story: A kid gets braces, goes to school and now he/she is the target for anyone who thinks it’s funny to be different. You hear the old jabs; metal mouth, brace face, antenna head, etc. The urban dictionary term for this (yes there’s a term!) is Brace-ism. Brace-ism is defined as “Acting mean towards people who have braces on their teeth”. Bullying is wrong on many levels, especially when it’s for the greater good of teeth straightening! Milestone Orthodontics near Saddle Brook wish to assure every kid that it’s okay to be different. Braces are essential for healthy straight teeth, so here are some ways to fight against the evil forces of brace-ism!
Take the high road! When you are struck with the slings and arrows of an anti-braces onslaught, just turn around and smile. Show them those big, beautiful brackets and be proud! Soon you will have an award winning grin that will put most of those naysayers to shame.
Come up with a snappy retort! If someone calls you “brace-face” or “metal mouth” you can volley back with “thanks for noticing I didn’t know you cared!” or “metal in your mouth is better than rocks in your head!” This might give a bully something to chew on before he/she decides to mention it again!
Be confident that you are great looking! Remember that those braces are a part of you, and that if you are beautiful then your braces are beautiful too! Milestone Orthodontics will work hard to give you and your loved ones the confidence deserved that come with a great smile! Browse our website or contact us at 201-845-8411 for more information on how we can help you improve your tomorrow!