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