Sunday, 3 April 2011

Goofy, Buck Teeth & Crooked Smiles

Self-acceptance, self-love seem to be a big key to why we are here on this planet and I feel many of our unacceptable attributes are here to help us on this journey. 

For me, I am beginning to see a pattern forming in the beauty industry and I have had to work hard at accepting some of my physical attributes, one of those being my unique smile.  

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming quite the norm in today's Western society, and the scary thing about this practice is that most of these cosmetic dentists are brainwashing people into believing their natural smile is ugly, incorrect and wrong.  

After looking at a cosmetic dentistry site in the USA I found the shocking way they encourage people to take treatment. They had photos of celebrities they deemed to need fixing, even Tom Cruise which many people would probably say had the perfect smile, yet they felt his teeth needed fixing.  

Buck teeth, crooked smiles, make a person beautifully unique, yet these smile and beauty 'experts' seem determined to make everyone reading feel inadequate and incomplete.

One tag line said "So, we’ve seen the ugly. Bring on the good and the bad"  and out of the ugly were the following stars:

Jon Heder

Kirsten Dunst

Looking at these photos I find Jon Heder incredibly beautiful. At first glance, the first thing I notice is his beautiful blue eyes and because of the subject I am writing about, I then notice his gums.  They do not offend me and I do not feel he needs fixing or correcting, whatsoever.  My best friend, during the days when I was racked with shame and embarrassment about my smile, told me over and over again that he does not notice my gums or the buckness of my teeth, he notices my smile, my eyes and now I understand what he means.  

How can you not see the immense beauty in Jon Heder?  

Mainly because cosmetic dentistry is A) Looking for faults to fix and looking for what is wrong - instead of what is RIGHT in a human being and B) Cosmetic dentistry would be out of business if we all began to love the teeth, gums and smile we have.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not against all dentistry. If a person has no teeth, finds it hard to eat, is in pain and it is for health reasons, this is worthwhile. And if someone has extreme shame and cannot see a way to love the smile they have got, yes for self-esteem do it!  But there is always another option, and yes it takes time, and yes it's not the easy path, but I feel its worth it.  
Now, as I look at Kirsten Dunst, one thing that I have always found attractive about Kirsten is her non-Hollywood smile, it's a really sexy smile, yet she was put in the ugly category of Hollywood smiles.
It is time for a change I feel.  I am not prepared to put up with this bogus brainwashing anymore.  I am so pleased to have finally realised this. Those picture perfect smiles created by cosmetic dentists make everyone look alike and I am ready to be a unique, wonderful version of myself.  NO COPY!

Proud to be unique!
Interestingly enough, since I originally wrote this blog post more and more stars in Hollywood are refusing do get dental treatment to 'perfect' their smiles. More and more are realising a unique smile is an asset in the business. In essence, many stars are opting for the British smile. In the UK we are noted for having terrible teeth (apparently!) but at least we are originals.

Would you ever consider cosmetic dentistry? 

In what situations would you? And why?


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