Dental flippers are a must-have for children taking place in beauty pageants… if they want to win, that is. Flippers can cost anywhere from $200- $300 dollars. Missing baby teeth are apparently viewed as “gaping holes” that must be remedied. When I see a little kid on the street with a front tooth missing, I immediately think “Aww, how cute!” It’s an endearing trait of children, in my opinion. However, these children aren’t really expected to look like children. Make-up, spray tans, and false, adult-like teeth transform these children into mini-women.
To teach self-confidence and self-worth, I think having these children show off their natural beauty, inner and, if you must, outer beauty would be a more effective approach.