Why is America Obsessed with Perfect Teeth?

woman with perfectly straight teeth

For most people, having perfect teeth is a dream. Whether it’s getting braces to correct a crooked tooth or getting veneers to make your teeth look brighter, it can seem like getting the perfect smile is a lot of work. However, this obsession with teeth is spreading in America, and it looks like no teeth are good enough anymore. So why is America obsessed with perfect teeth? Let’s find out.

Hollywood Shaped the Idea of the Perfect Smile

Hollywood has always been obsessed with teeth. Hollywood stars have been known for their perfect white teeth from the silent film era to the present day. Hollywood has always been a leader in shaping the ideal American smile. From classic movie stars like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor to more recent icons like Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, Hollywood has shaped our idea of what a perfect smile looks like.

Hollywood’s influence on our ideas about beauty can be seen in how teeth are portrayed in films. In the 1950s, when Clark Gable was starring in “Gone with the Wind,” he had a full set of dazzling white teeth. But as time went on, Hollywood changed its tune about what beautiful teeth should look like.

In the 1960s, when Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” she didn’t have any visible teeth at all — just a pair of pearly whites. By the 1980s, however, Hollywood had begun to realize that actresses needed more than just pretty smiles; they needed strong chins too. They started focusing on the same and achieved it with the help of orthodontists and makeup artists, which helped them get the desired look.

Hollywood’s influence on our culture is so strong that even if you’re not a movie or television watcher, you might still know what a perfect smile looks like — or have at least heard of one. That’s because Hollywood has been responsible for shaping what we think is beautiful, and making sure we know how to achieve it.

In recent years, the idea of having perfectly straight teeth has become more and more popular. Celebrities like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and George Clooney are some of the high-profile people who have been pictured with their pearly whites showing. These people also influence others, and some of the recent stats show that:

  1. A whopping 80% of North American teenagers seek orthodontic treatment, with the average age for patients starting at just 7 years old.
  2. North American adults make up 25% of all orthodontic patients.
  3. Interestingly, Americans say they “prefer a nice smile to clear skin” and some have even given up dessert and vacations in order to support orthodontic care.
  4. Some studies have shown that people with white, straight teeth are 38% more likely to be seen as smart. This is likely because we associate straight, white teeth with good hygiene habits, which signal to others that we are intelligent and responsible. So if you’re looking to make a good impression, make sure to take care of your teeth!
  5. In addition, the same percentage (~38%) of people would turn down a second date with someone with crooked teeth.
  6. According to a recent survey, 29% of Americans say that teeth are the first facial feature they notice when meeting someone.

The popularity of this look stems from a desire to appear more intelligent, sophisticated, and beautiful than your average Joe or Jane. Many people believe that having straight teeth will make them seem more appealing to others and help them achieve their goals in life.

What do Hollywood Stars do For Their Teeth?

  1. Teeth Straightening

    Straightening your teeth is a good idea because it makes the overall appearance of your smile more attractive and natural. If you don’t straighten your teeth, you will have crooked or misshapen teeth that may look bad to someone else.

    There are several treatment options available for teeth straightening such as Braces, Invisalign, Surgery, etc. that are highly effective.

  2. Teeth Whitening

    The most common reason for teeth discoloration is staining, also known as stained teeth or enamel. Teeth whitening can help to remove stains from your teeth and brighten them up. Teeth whitening involves bleaching the surface of your teeth so that they become whiter and brighter.

    A professional dentist will be able to advise you on whether it’s safe for you to have a teeth whitening treatment or not. You may be required to have X-rays taken before the appointment so that a suitable shade can be chosen for your teeth. After this, a solution containing hydrogen peroxide will be applied to the surface of your teeth in order to bleach them. Once this procedure has been completed, you will need to wait until it has worn off before having another one done in order to maintain the result.

  3. Porcelain Veneers

    Porcelain veneers are the perfect solution for beautiful, white teeth. If you want to improve your smile, porcelain veneers can do just that. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are applied to the front, back, or sides of your teeth. They can be used to correct gaps between your teeth or to improve the shape and position of teeth that have been displaced by injury or decay.

    The procedure involves placing natural teeth on top of the porcelain veneers to create an artificial tooth structure. The new structure is then bonded with dental cement, which creates a strong bond between the porcelain veneer and your natural teeth.

  4. Dental Implants

    Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. They’re a solid choice for people who want to smile confidently and easily. Dental implants are designed to provide replacement teeth that are anchored securely into the jawbone, providing a foundation and support for natural teeth. Dental implants may be used to replace single teeth or multiple teeth. Typically, dental implants last for 15 to 20 years before they need replacing due to wear and tear from eating, talking, and smiling.

How to get a perfect smile in New York?

At Brite Orthodontics, we understand that when you live, work, and play in New York City, you want everything to be perfect – including your smile. That’s why we’ve built a reputation as the city’s leading smile makeover expert, and our clinics use innovative procedures, gentle care, and meticulous technique to create beautiful smiles every day. If you’re ready to enjoy the privilege of a perfect smile, call us today to schedule a consultation and discover all the benefits that come with it.

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Dr. Satish Pai, M.D.S

Dr. Satish Pai is an orthodontist and Ivy League trained dentist who has served as a faculty at Columbia University. He believes a perfect smile not only makes a person look great but feel great. As the founder of Putnam Orthodontics and a Partner at Brite Orthodontics, he is dedicated to providing the best orthodontic treatments to his patients. He also writes to educate people about everything orthodontics and the importance of correctly aligned teeth along with good oral health. In his free time, you can find him golfing, doing yoga or surfing, and spending time with his family.

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