Nominate A Smile Change a life

At Karski & Spokane Orthodontics, we believe orthodontics can be life-changing. If you know a child in Seneca Valley School District or Mars Area School District between the ages of 7-17 that is the target of bullying due to their teeth, you can nominate them to receive free orthodontic treatment at our office.

How To Nominate:

Send an email to with the following information:

  1. Name
  1. Age
  1. School District
  1. Legal guardian's contact information (Name, phone/email)

Please provide any additional details about the bullying and/or the dental problem, if possible.

Nominees will be contacted and asked to come in for a free evaluation, including x-rays and photos. 

Emails will be accepted from October 1, 2023 through March 1, 2024. The winner will be contacted by our office by April 1, 2024.

Know a Victim of Bullying... Are Teeth the Problem?

Bullying Due To Teeth Teeth Are a Target

Dental issues can really dent our confidence, right? And for kids, especially those with super noticeable issues like “buck teeth" and overbites, it's even harder. Did you know that studies have found that kids with obvious dental problems are like bully magnets? It's heartbreaking.

Any kid can get picked on, but those with misaligned, discolored, or super crooked teeth get an extra dose of mean. Here are some typical bully moves these kids face:

  • Getting teased
  • Name-calling (like "vampire" - seriously?)
  • Getting left out during playtime or recess
  • Gossip about their looks or their teeth
  • Some even face actual pushing and shoving

This constant harassment can have profound and long-lasting effects on the child, including:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Poor academic performance

If you or your child are a victim of bullying, or know someone who is, help is available. The first step is to speak up and get adults involved. Online resources are available at the following links:

How To Get Help

David Spokane and Melissa Karski

Karski & Spokane Orthodontics

David Spokane and Melissa Karski are committed to providing the very best orthodontic and dental care to valued patients throughout the state of Pennsylvania. We are affiliated we several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Board of Orthodontics
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • American Dental Association

You can schedule an appointment at one of our six convenient office locations today by calling (724) 591-5758 or sending us a message. We will get back to you shortly. 

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"Highly satisfied with my child's ortho procedure. The entire process has been seamless even with the pandemic. The website and patient portal is user friendly, but should you need to call the office for any reason, a staff member always answers in a friendly manner.  The Ambridge office is stunning, it's like waking into a super hero museum.  Everybody's favorite super hero can be found.  Dr. Spokane has a great chair side manner, upbeat and friendly.  My child was nervous at first but his fear quickly went away with the super comfortable atmosphere.  I recommend Dr. Spokane to all my friends and family." Cymone Bronaugh

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