Everyone Called Him “Rabbit Boy” But Things Have Completely Changed A Decade Later

Published on 02/03/2021
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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…

Everyone Called Him “Rabbit Boy” But Things Have Completely Changed A Decade Later

Everyone Called Him “Rabbit Boy,” But Things Have Completely Changed A Decade Later

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!

Not A Laughing Matter

Not A Laughing Matter

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…

A Boy By The Name Of Evan

A Boy By The Name Of Evan

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!

It Is Not His Halloween Costume

It Is Not His Halloween Costume

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.

A Serious Case Of Buck Teeth

A Serious Case Of Buck Teeth

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.

It Made His Life Difficult

It Made His Life Difficultly

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.

When It Comes To Speech

When It Comes To Speech

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.

Eating Was Also A Challenge

Eating Was Also A Challenge

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.

But The Worst Problem Of All

But The Worst Problem Of All

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.

They Called Him Rabbit Boy

They Called Him Rabbit Boy

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.

It Caused A Great Deal Of Stress

It Caused A Great Deal Of Stress

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.

He Hated His Teeth

He Hated His Teeth

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?

They Decided To Do Something

They Decided To Do Something

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.

Seeking Out Professional Help

Seeking Out Professional Help

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.

The Scary Dentist Chair

The Scary Dentist’s Chair

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.

Luck Was Not On His Side

Luck Was Not On His Side

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.

Aiming For A Flawless Smile

Aiming For A Flawless 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.

Dental Care Is Not Cheap

Dental Care Is Not Cheap

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…

One Problem After Another

One Problem After Another

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!

For Most Crooked Teeth

For Most Crooked Teeth

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.

Even Worse Than Usual

Even Worse Than Usual

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.

A Lot Of Money

A Lot Of Money

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…

Their House Was Also Damaged

Their House Was Also Damaged

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…

Sharing Their Story

Sharing Their Story

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?

With The Whole Country

With The Whole Country

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.

He Needed Help

He Needed Help

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.

Donations Flooded In

Donations Flooded In

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…

Thanks To Their Community

Thanks To Their Community

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.

Its Success Was Unbelievable

Its Success Was Unbelievable

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.

Only The First Step

Only The First Step

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.

They Also Got A New Car

They Also Got A New Car

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.

How To Change The Angle

How To Change The Angle

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.

The First Result

The First Result

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.

What To Do With The Money

What To Do With The Money

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.

Giving It Away To Charity

Giving It Away To Charity

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.

All Thanks To The Public

All Thanks To The Public

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?

Checking In On Him

Checking In On Him

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!

If It Were Not For Them

If It Were Not For Them

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.

Always Pay It Forward

Always Pay It Forward

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 Has Been Five Years

It Has Been Five Years

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!

It Was Worth The Wait

It Was Worth The Wait

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.

His Last Day With The Braces

His Last Day With The Braces

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 Moment Of Truth Is Here

The Moment Of Truth Is Here

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.

The Smile He Always Wanted

The Smile He Always Wanted

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