woman leaning against wall smilingFor many of us, looking at our smile in the mirror is one of the low lights of our day. We feel self-conscious about their color, their size, crowding, gaps, or chips. If you feel this way, it’s likely that you’re considering a treatment to fix your smile, such as tooth whitening or porcelain veneers.

But sometimes it’s good to get a little perspective and be thankful for what we have, and not spend all our time focused on what we want. The blogs I Hate My Teeth and Actresses without Teeth can do that for all but the worst smiles among us.

I Hate My Teeth

This one is really not for the faint of heart. I Hate My Teeth collects images of people’s terrible smiles and encourages people to rate them using a 1-5 scale of blackened teeth. Some of the smiles really aren’t that bad, some yellowing and a few crooked teeth.

And then there are some that are really hard to look at, such as this truly hideous, blackened mess that is so malformed, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re looking at. But it comes with an important message: love your teeth. Because none of us wants to end up like that!

Actresses without Teeth

Actresses without Teeth isn’t real pictures of edentulous actresses, it’s photoshopped. Which usually makes it better, but sometimes it’s as bad or worse than the real pictures of dental decay. It really should be celebrities without teeth, because it’s not just actresses. It’s politicians like Sarah Palin, singers like Miley Cyrus (who we know has teeth issues) and Beyonce, and even actors like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Seeing these normally very attractive people without their teeth really drives home the point about how much your smile matters. Despite the fact that some of the photoshopping doesn’t look very professional, the message still carries.

Without their teeth, the subjects look much, much older, and they often look sick, even though they’re otherwise healthy in appearance.

Let Us Take Care of Your Teeth

Now that we’ve taken a harrowing detour down some dark dental alleys, let’s all be thankful for what we have and try to keep it that way.

At Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics, we offer general dentistry to help you maintain the health and appearance of your teeth. And, if you do have smile issues you want to address, we offer many cosmetic dentistry procedures as well.

Please call us at 509-581-4188 (Spokane) or 509-927-2273 (Spokane Valley).