You need to visit the dentist so often to keep your teeth in good shape. We may hear these pieces of advice all the time, but the dentist still fears many people. Dentophobia, the dentist’s irrational fear, is more common than you might think. Before sitting on the dentist’s chair, anyone suffering from this condition must summon all their courage. Also, dental treatment often costs a lot of money. This story is all about a young boy who can tell you all about it…
Not A Laughing Matter
Once they reach their teens, many children get braces. Getting your teeth straightened out while growing up is quite common. The finished product is going to be worth it, although it will hurt at the beginning. Most people understand that by the end of it after they see how their smiles have transformed!
A Boy By The Name Of Evan
A young man is here who can tell you what it was like. Evan Hill dreamt of the perfect smile for the longest time. Hailing from New Zealand, seven years ago, the story was released. The moment that they laid their eyes on him, people were shocked. He has, without a doubt, come a long way over the years…
It Is Not His Halloween Costume
The truth was, he was like any other kid. Evan Hill goes to school at the age of 12 and enjoys playing with his pals. Something about him, however, has always set him apart from other people his age. While those teeth may look like part of a costume for Halloween, they happen to be real!
A Serious Case Of Buck Teeth
When he was only ten years old, his story began. Young children will usually get braces installed around this time. His case, however, was a bit different from the rest. Evan had a serious case of buck teeth, you see. The condition prompted his front teeth to protrude in a rather prominent way from his mouth.
It Made His Life Difficultly
Generally, teeth rest at an angle of two degrees. He sat at 12 degrees, though! His top teeth were more than two centimeters away from his bottom teeth on top of that. Ever since he was young, it has lent him a very distinctive look. Not only did the condition provide him with a visual problem, but it also gave him oral problems.
When It Comes To Speech
He had big teeth and had a severe case of overbite. Thanks to these conditions, he could not even shut his mouth properly. This meant that for Evan, things most people consider simple are more difficult. It had a large impact on his speech, for one thing. There were words he was unable to pronounce correctly.
Eating Was Also A Challenge
He was also unable to do simple things, like eating meals, apart from that. It was good that this applied only to certain kinds of food to chew with his front teeth. Evan could, most of the time, choose to avoid them. While those things have made it difficult, they’re not the worst part of it yet.
But The Worst Problem Of All
No, his biggest issue with his buck teeth was that he was bullied for it by other kids. The other children would choose him, thanks to his looks. It only involved the occasional pointing at first. There were times when they’d laugh at him, but when they gave him a nickname, things took a turn for the worse.
They Called Him Rabbit Boy
For this reason, the other kids called him “rabbit boy.” He hated that moniker, as you can imagine. When he was younger, Evan did not see his teeth as a big deal. It made him unique, but the nickname made him look at it in another light. Kids can be cruel, we all know, and his teeth made him a target.
It Caused A Great Deal Of Stress
His teeth caught the attention of the insensitive children at school. As time went on, they bullied him more and more. All of the jokes and comments so stressed Evan that he started to dislike school. His parents also did not miss the way he had changed. They were, actually, heartbroken to see him in this state.
He Hated His Teeth
Being the target of bullies was not easy. Evan also began to hate the appearance of his teeth. His mom told him that the way he was, he was fine. He agreed with her for the longest time. However, with each passing day, he only grew more and more frustrated. His mom was able to see that that was the case.
They Decided To Do Something
Evan didn’t deserve to go through this. He was too young and innocent to face the reality of the world. The boy was just trying to play with the other kids! Barbara Hill, his mother, was saddened to see what was going on with her son. It was obvious that they had to do something about it. But what?
Seeking Out Professional Help
They had to do something as soon as possible. His buck teeth started to be even more prominent after Evan turned ten years old. They decided to ask the dentist about his options for this reason. To fix the problem, they wanted to know if he could get braces. They just wanted to stop all the merciless bullying.
The Scary Dentist’s Chair
There are many reasons why people are scared of the dentist. They typically have nothing to be afraid of, whatever it is. It doesn’t matter whether or not you are frightened. It is good to do all you can do to keep it in check for your dental health. Otherwise, you’re going to be in major trouble.
Luck Was Not On His Side
There’s no other way around it. There is a good chance that there will be pain involved if you want a good smile. It helps to brush, floss, and take care of your teeth most of the time. This is not going to do anything for young Evan, however. To the boy, his dental problems were beyond his control.
Aiming For A Flawless Smile
It feels like having a perfect set of teeth is more valued than ever these days. People dream of having straight white pearly teeth, but this is not always easily attainable. You would probably have to get some kind of treatment unless you were blessed with good genes. To get the ideal smile, the less fortunate ones might have to go to insane lengths.
Dental Care Is Not Cheap
Going to the dentist is not cheap. To achieve the perfect smile,’ you will have to shell out a lot of money most of the time. Did you know that for children, dental treatment is cheaper? Actually, those under 18 years of age might even get it for free. This was another reason why his parents wanted to fix his teeth early on.
One Problem After Another
However, in front of him, there was a major issue. For patients below the age of 18, the government typically covers the costs of basic dental treatment. His problem was so severe, however, that it would take advanced treatment to fix the problem. His parents had no choice but, because of this, to cover the cost of the treatment. They knew it wasn’t going to come cheap…
For Most Crooked Teeth
With a standard wire brace, a lot of people can fix their crooked teeth. Sadly, his buck teeth weren’t going to work with this solution. It was actually going to take a long time to resolve the issue. Within a period of several years, Evan would have to receive a few surgeries and treatments!
Even Worse Than Usual
Despite all that, his parents wanted to fix the buck’s teeth. Due to all the cruel jokes, they did not want to see Evan depressed. However, at the time, the only thing that prevented them from getting the treatment was the cost. The young boy had the worst case of buck teeth he had seen in the 25 years of his career, his personal dentist reported. He estimated that fixing it would cost $12,000.
A Lot Of Money
This is no laughing matter, as you can see for yourself. That’s a lot of money, but there was no choice they had. His parents had to come up with a way to finance it somehow. However, it was not going to be easy. They didn’t have money of that kind in their name. It did not help that they also had a recent unplanned expense.
Their House Was Also Damaged
A strong earthquake hit new Zealand in 2011. The catastrophe severely damaged Their family home. This meant that money in the household was tight because they had to pay for the repairs. They would have to get a mortgage on their house if they had to pay for his dental treatment…
Sharing Their Story
At any rate, his parents wanted his teeth to be fixed. They were willing to do it for his mental health if they had to mortgage the house. For the Hills, it was a tough time, but they knew that it would be for the best. They had no idea, though, however, that the tide was about to turn around for Evan…
With The Whole Country
With the help of a daily current affairs TV show called Campbell Live, their luck changed. One of the reporters heard about his story on the program and included it in a segment. Suddenly, the whole country got wind of his terrible situation. For them, exposure changed things! What was going on now that all of New Zealand knew of his predicament? Were there more people going to tease him because of it?
He Needed Help
No, they were moved to action by the people who heard his story. People reached out to the show not long after the segment came out. These strangers asked where some money could be sent to fund the treatment! On their heartstrings, his story tugged. They wanted to help him in getting the help he needed.
Donations Flooded In
Soon enough, the money began rolling in. The fund’s total amount kept growing and growing. It didn’t take long for them to be able to raise $100,000. In only a matter of several weeks, they managed to pull this off. The Hill family was stunned by all these strangers’ generosity and kindness.
Thanks To Their Community
Isn’t it amazing to see how many strangers in the name of the community have teamed up? At first, getting his teeth fixed felt like an impossible task. Evan was not even known to them, but they felt compelled to help anyway. Now his future looked much brighter than it had been. Even so, there were still some ways for him to go…
Its Success Was Unbelievable
When the campaign reached a donation of $100,000, it was closed by the program. Neither the show producers nor the family thought they would ever have something like this happen to them. Can you believe that Evan was willing to help so many people? It was time, with the money in hand, to put it to good use.
Only The First Step
Finally, the family is now able to book the first appointment for the process. For him, this was but the beginning. Following that initial assessment, they had to wait several weeks. The truth was that Evan had been waiting to get them fixed for years. He was excited that his dream was going to come true finally.
They Also Got A New Car
Of course, by the sheer generosity of all those strangers, Evan was blown away. He could not believe that he would want to be helped by so many people. They spent some of the cash on a new car, aside from the treatment. This would allow them to make the frequent visits to the dentist required by the treatment.
How To Change The Angle
Changing the angle of his teeth was the first stage of the process. There was a need for the dentist to move them 15 mm or more than half an inch. This alone changed his buck teeth state drastically, but they still had a long way to go before they could fix the whole issue. For Evan, this was simply the beginning.
The First Result
The first outcome, at any rate, already looked incredible. After that, installing wired braces to further push the top row of teeth back was the next thing they had to do. It would make his teeth straightened, too. They could bring down the overhang this way. The braces, however, take a long time before the effects show.
What To Do With The Money
They had a lot of money remaining from the dental fee, with over $100,000 from the fundraiser. It only cost $12,000, after all. What have they been planning on doing with the rest of the money? We already know they’ve purchased a new car. They were still left with some money, but they didn’t want to keep it for themselves.
Giving It Away To Charity
They decided, after some time, to give the remaining balance to a charity that would help other people. They donated it to a trust that would provide help to children who need urgent dental work. It made them happy to know that, in the same boat as Evan, the money would go to other children.
All Thanks To The Public
The whole family felt thankful that other people were willing to help them out. It was an unbelievable feeling to know others supported them. It has been several years since Campbell Live covered the story. They still cannot believe, even today, just how kind and generous all the strangers were.
Checking In On Him
When his mom spoke to the press, she said, “I really don’t know where we would be without the generosity we’ve had. We did initially look at getting a mortgage, but this came up and blew us away.” As the press wanted to follow up on his story, the boy was also interviewed. Now, what did he look like?
If It Were Not For Them
His confidence and self-esteem have improved a lot with the generosity of other New Zealanders. Evan is now a happy and healthy young man who has ahead of him his entire future. About the future, he remains optimistic. We’re happy he didn’t let his bullies bring him down. He’s come a very long way!
Always Pay It Forward
Evan suffered a lot of bullying for years because of what they called “rabbit teeth.” He can look at himself in the mirror these days and flash a perfect smile. So much torment and pain he went through, but it was all worth it. We hope that this story has inspired you to be kind to others. Always choose, no matter what, to show kindness to other people. You have no idea how much their day can make for a small act of kindness.
It Has Been Five Years
During the course of several years, Evan paid monthly visits to his dentist. As a part of his extensive treatment, this was important. The dentist’s chair, we are sure, felt like his second home. By 2017, since his first treatment, it had been five years. He was finally able to show the outcome to the public. Thousands of people helped him reach this point, so it was only natural for them to be curious about it.
It Was Worth The Wait
The truth was that Evan was thrilled to demonstrate the dental treatment product to everyone. He has a beautiful smile now, but that is not all. With no buck teeth in the way, he could also pronounce words perfectly and shut his mouth. Before he could get to this point, it took him a long time. He was tormented, as a child, by bullies who gave him a hard time. Those days were long gone already!
His Last Day With The Braces
Several years after that initial treatment, his mother took him to the dentist for the last appointment. For him, as you can imagine, it was a huge moment. Finally, at long last, he could get rid of the braces for good. For years, he wore them and underwent several operations to fix his teeth. It was surreal to get to the end of the line after all finally. But was he going to be happy about the results? Just let us find out.
The Moment Of Truth Is Here
It was about time for a big revelation. His dentist took his braces off and got rid of the glue on his teeth that remained. The dental practitioner then told the young man to rinse his mouth and give him the mirror. It was a moment of truth here. Evan had dreamt of this day for five years. His eyes were flooded with tears as soon as he looked at his teeth in the mirror. He couldn’t believe what they looked like!
The Smile He Always Wanted
He smiled in the mirror and saw a beautiful set of perfect teeth. Nobody could call them “rabbit teeth” after this. Evan was delighted with what he had seen and was unable to stop smiling. It wasn’t an easy journey, but he finally reached the end. He was stunned by what he had seen. It took many years and came with a great deal of pain, but it was more than worth the result. We’re glad he’s finally satisfied with his looks! None of this had it not been possible for the kindness of strangers.