Breaking news! Notoriously snaggletoothed singer Jewel is sporting a decidedly straighter smile. She tweeted a photo of herself on the set of the upcoming June Carter Cash biopic she’s filming for Lifetime, writing that she now has “perfect teeth.” Given that she never “fixed” her teeth in the years she’s been rich and famous, I’m gonna guess that she’s wearing a mouthpiece and that her snaggle remains unharmed. I’m glad! Jewel is beautiful — and she looks lovely as June — but her crooked smile has always made her unique. Honestly, she almost looks unrecognizable — who knew teeth made such a difference? [Huffington Post]
Like a lot of people, my teeth were pushed and pulled with a variety of contraptions during my formative years. It all started innocently enough in 5th grade when I got spacers. Tiny rubber bands were wound between metal brackets that had been twisted around my back teeth. This was the first sign that my preteens were going to be painful and not because of my unflattering haircut and spotty fashion sense; those bands were an agent of torture. Sure, they came in bright, fun colors, but I learned quickly that neon pink things can be used as a torture device too. When my jaw became too sore to snack on Hot Pockets after school as per my usual routine, I knew that shit was getting real. Keep reading »
At around age 14, I got braces to straighten my protruding incisor teeth; they looked like fangs, basically. I also had to wear rubberbands to correct my overbite. For three years, I had some form of metal in my mouth and as a result my smile is now pretty close to “perfect”; it would be closer to perfect if I had deigned to wear my retainer more.
Apparently — and don’t tell my parents, who spent thousands on orthodontics over those few years — my straight teeth are also terribly unstylish. A story in Sunday’s New York Times Style section reveals that crooked smiles are all the rage in Japan. Called “yaeba,” or “double tooth” in Japanese, if you’re not snaggle-toothed naturally — or had your snaggle corrected by orthodontics as a teenager — you can get the look cosmetically, as women are opting to have fake snaggles attached to their real teeth with glue. Consider my mind blown. Keep reading »