What do international supermodel Kate Moss and critically acclaimed actress Keira Knightley have in common? Well aside from being incredibly gorgeous women, they also bear the unmistakable trademark of a British national: imperfect teeth. Brits are infamous for having imperfect teeth and are often the subject of constant scrutiny and teasing by their American counterparts about the state of their dental hygiene. The teasing has even managed to make its way into the iconic animated series, “The Simpsons”.
Conversely, the Brits consider perfect teeth as simply appalling. Even former Prime Minister Tony Blair, with his perfect smile, was made fun of by the press by using a caricature bearing his shiny white pearls. But while the British are noted for their poor dental hygiene, they are equally infamous for not giving a damn about what other people say about their teeth.
At least until British celebrities like “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell and award-winning actress Cate Blanchett crossed over to the Hollywood scene and started making their fellow Brits take notice. As more and more British celebrities find crossover success, the imperfect British teeth stereotype is fast becoming an outdated idea. Today a smilemakeover in London doesn’t sound like a completely ludicrous and farfetched idea.
Cosmetic dentistry techniques are now gaining prominence among the British community, though not exactly for the same reasons as most Americans undergo cosmetic dental procedures. While Americans do it primarily for aesthetic reasons, the British seek dental help primarily due to health reasons.