Tooth Trends: “The Flipper”

Posted on: September 18, 2012 | Blog

Something that is under constant controversy is “The Flipper” for children who are in between losing their baby teeth and gaining their adult set.  Recently, it was seen all over the serious Toddlers and Tiaras and it has been in the public eye ever since.

Beauty pageants for young girls alone are something most parents disapprove of.  The main concern associated with them is how is will impact the child’s psyche.  Young girls are constantly exposed to the media as it is and as result they become insecure because in their innocent minds because they are supposed to look like these perfect models.  The question is how much of our children’s youth is in fact being stripped away by these displays of beauty?

dental flipper

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What is a dental flipper?  Is is similar to a dental partial.  Girls wear them in order to make it appear as though they have perfectly straight, pearly whites at a young age.  Instantly, this makes girls believe this is how their teeth need to look, by any means necessary in order to be “acceptable” in society.  On Toddlers and Tiaras you see these young ladies getting impressions of their teeth in order to fit the pieces for competitions. A girl who does not have a flipper could actually lose a competition since her smile does not compare.

Rightfully, they have been banned by some pageants since organizers say they want to keep some elements of the girls natural.  This is a great thing. Bring your child to a Las Vegas pediatric dentist when they actually need one and not when it comes to superficial instances like these.

dental flipper for girls

Photo by böhringer friedrich