When my son was around 7, at a visit with our beloved pediatrician, I asked him whether or not I should get J.D. braces for his teeth. Quite emphatically, Dr. Kay said no, his teeth are just fine, and furthermore, they’re interesting!
As J.D. grew older and I saw all his schoolmates emerging with these perfectly straight, blindingly white teeth, I began to feel guilty. I mean, there was nothing really wrong with J.D.’s teeth, they were just not as white, not as straight and … interesting!
Fast forward 10: Enter models in Europe, women in Japan who seek dental care to achieve that ‘imperfect’ look, and more young women and men who decide to embrace their unique teeth look.
Yes, I had braces, no, my teeth are from perfect and now they are smiling trophy of all the coffee and red Zinfandel I have consumed over the years.
So, my dear son, know that Dr. Kay was right, and that your funky, spacey, non-white teeth are far more interesting than those myriad sets of teeth that are perfectly aligned and truly pearly whites.
Check these out:
Why The Perfect Smile Isn’t So Perfect
What’s So Bad About Having Crooked Teeth
Why are Japanese women paying hundreds of pounds to make perfectly straight teeth look crooked and fang-like?