Man bul­lied at school re­gains con­fi­dence

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Re­porter BUL­LIED mer­ci­lessly be­cause of a gap in his teeth, Dean Walker went into deep de­pres­sion.

But the as­pir­ing artist has over­come his crip­ping lack of con­fi­dence by shelling out £6,000 on his newlook smile.

Dean, from Killing­worth, North Ty­ne­side, suf­fered a bad fall as a three-year-old and smashed his face on a step, caus­ing his milk teeth to fall out.

When his adult pearly-whites grew in, they were crooked and un­sightly.

He was bul­lied in high school and called “Gappy”, and ad­mit­ted he was in a “dark place” for a time.

But now the 28-year-old says he’s fi­nally over­come his anx­i­eties thanks to ex­ten­sive cos­metic work.

He said: “As a tod­dler, I had a fall and pretty much smashed my face off the back step of our old ter­raced house.

“I was hos­pi­talised, my gums went black and I knocked lots of my milk teeth out. It was pretty bad, with a bust lip and lots of blood.

“It was just one of those freak things – a sud­den lapse of con­cen­tra­tion. My mum was too far across the kitchen to stop it be­fore it hap­pened. And when my adult teeth grew in, they were all com­pletely crooked.” Dur­ing his pri­mary school years, Dean was given a brace to wear to try and cor­rect the teeth in his up­per jaw.

But he had also de­vel­oped an over­bite, as if his lower jaw had been shoved back, and he was given a dif­fer­ent brace de­signed to cor­rect this.

“This thing was a mon­stros­ity,” said Dean. “It was re­mov­able but I was ad­vised to have it in con­stantly, un­less I was ei­ther eat­ing or brush­ing my teeth. I was only 10 years old

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