5 Perfect Examples of the Imperfect Smile
Maybe your teeth aren’t perfect, but so what? You can still charm the world with an imperfect smile. Take your cue from these five celebs!
They say perfection is unattainable. We say they’re right, especially when it comes to beauty. For most people we’ve encountered, their ideal smile is often a perfect-imperfect one. This is pretty similar to the no-make-up make-up trend — think: yours, but better.
Gone are the days when the ‘perfect’ Hollywood smile (super straight teeth that were so white, they could blind people) was the only beautiful smile. That smile may be textbook perfection but if you’re not digging it because it looks like something you’ve built, rather than something you were born with, we’re with you.
If you need more convincing that naturally imperfect beats man-made perfection, these five famous faces should be able to help.
1. Strut your smile with supermodel confidence
Say hello to supermodel Georgia May Jagger and her delightful perfect-imperfect #gapsmile! Her trademark gap has clearly done little to dampen her career, having modelled for fashion houses like Marc Jacobs and Chanel. It looks totally cute on her but we’d bet that she goes for regular dental check-ups to ensure that her chompers are healthy — because gaps can expand over time, causing loose teeth.
2. Imperfection gives you character, and character is memorable
You could say that supermodel Lara Stone’s #gapsmile practically made her famous. She is said to be one of the earliest runway models without perfect teeth — and she made that ok. Of course, while her teeth aren’t straight as an arrow, they are pearly white! Because while a #gapsmile may be on-trend now, stained and discoloured teeth will never be pretty. If you’re going for Lara’s look, dental whitening procedures can help you get naturally sparkly teeth in just one quick visit to the dentist.
3. Learn to own it and rock it!
Misaligned tomboy canines or not, British actress Keira Knightley is ruling the silver screen and owning the red carpet. The Intimation Game and Pride & Prejudice star has never felt the need to change who she is or the way she looked (“wonky teeth” included), even after entering Hollywood. Crowding is, after all, one of the most common types of crooked teeth — you just need to make sure that plaque and bacteria aren’t hiding in those hidden nooks and crannies. Regular polishing and scaling by a dentist should help keep your smile healthy.
4. Pile on the idol-worthy aegyo (cuteness)
Bunny teeth and a gummy smile aren’t making any dents in this South Korean idol’s career! Na Yeon of girl group TWICE is wildly popular despite (or because of?) her goofy perfect-imperfect smile. It certainly does make her look more approachable, don’t you think? In the real world, however, imperfection doesn’t always look so appealing. If you need help getting this look, tooth contouring (to reshape your teeth) and gum contouring (to reshape your gum line) could be the answer.
5. Launch a snaggle-toothed career
Did you know snaggle-teeth are popular in Japan? Fanged little canines are thought to be endearingly childlike and attractive, prompting many Japanese women to pay for these crooked imperfections to be attached to their teeth! The tsuke yaeba trend even launched the singing careers of three snaggle-toothed teenagers, who came together to form the world’s first snaggle-toothed girl group, TYB48. Even if pointy teeth are adorable, chipped, cracked or misshapen teeth aren’t. In such cases, dental veneers could be a great cover-up.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your own definition of an ideal smile. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the opinion that matters most is yours. If you think that the perfect-imperfect smile isn’t your thing, there are many ways to get your teeth lined up. Check out The Price of Straight Teeth for an easy summary, or request for an expert opinion from the smile doctors at i.Dental via a free online smile assessment!