In October my dentist told me that I would need braces. I have one tooth that's ever so slightly snaggled. It never bothered me until people started pointing it out. I actually had one bold *dude* tell me that I would have such a pretty smile if it wasn't for my snaggle. I have endured family telling me to smile with my mouth closed. Really? Because of all this I have become so self-conscious about my smile. And, I'm not so sure about the prospect of dropping thousands on teeth straighteners.
I understand that for some there are jaw and bite issues/reasons for braces. But, it seems to me that more and more dentists are pushing cosmetic dentistry these days. Don't get me wrong I actually LOVE my dentist. But I'm talking about dentistry in general. Everywhere you go there are billboards for whitening procedures and bonding procedures - and more and more dentists are taking out healthy (albeit a bit crooked teeth) and replacing them with implants.
Here is some info. on tooth whitening procedures from Topdentists.com
Teeth whitening procedures are performed to reduce the discoloration and staining of teeth and have become the most popular cosmetic dental procedures today according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).
The demand for teeth whitening products has increased by more than 300% over the past 5 years. Women are more likely to have a teeth whitening procedure, but men are quickly realizing the advantages of seeking a brighter smile. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, between 1/4 to 1/3 of teeth whitening patients are men.
Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure among patients between the ages of 20-50. This age group represents a majority of the American workforce. People in this age group have become increasingly interested not only in looking and feeling better, but also in using cosmetic procedures to enhance their careers by presenting a more attractive image.What really frightens me is not so much the whitening, but that dental implants are being marketed as being cosmetic. And it is a pretty painful procedure. You can read about what it involves at the Dental Implant Procedure Site here.
While I was in Southern California this past Thanksgiving holiday - I noticed how many young women I saw had uber white perfectly straight Stepford-smile teeth. (Yes I am referring to the Stepford Wives). It's a bit creepy to be bombarded with homogenized smiles.
So, I really want to celebrate women and men in show biz that have kept their unique and interesting smiles. After all, boring is not beautiful.
There are other out there. I'd love to know what you think about this type of über-cosmetic care. I shudder thinking about chic-let teeth, and don't get me started on fake-tans...