Before Sarah Gammon-Carter had orthodontic treatment she was mocked and taunted by fellow pupils at her primary school because her two front teeth stuck out by 12 mm and this impacted hugely on her confidence and self-esteem. The cruel looks and name-calling blighted a period in her life that she would be happier to forget but instead she is eager to raise awareness of the impact bullying by taking part in an anti-bullying campaign conducted by her Orthodontic practice, Inline Orthodontics. Sarah will bravely talk about her experiences to Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland and local healthcare professionals at a round table discussion being held during anti-bully week this month.
Sarah’s experience is not an isolated one. A recent study was conducted to investigate the relationship between being bullied and sticking out teeth and its effect on an individual’s self-esteem. The key findings of the study revealed that almost 13% of adolescents aged between 10-14 years examined for orthodontic treatment had been bullied. This equates to thirteen of every one hundred young people who need orthodontic treatment.