I don’t think anyone could say that Miley Cyrus isn’t acting out. Practically every public appearance she makes is designed to get attention. From twerking to her tongue-jutting smile for the cameras, she makes every act exaggerated, which is often a sign of insecurity. What does she have to be insecure about? She’s got a burgeoning music career that she’s building on a successful (but past) acting career. She’s commonly considered attractive, and she has millions of adoring fans. But perhaps it’s her smile that makes her insecure.

Problems of a Child Star

Miley Cyrus has already had orthodontic work. As the child star Hannah Montana, she grew up on the screen, so the typical tooth problems that teens encounter were on TV for everyone to see. Since then, she’s reportedly had her teeth fixed with lingual braces (braces that go on the back of teeth, near your tongue), so her teeth are better aligned than they used to be. But does she still feel the sting of her earlier tooth problems?

Calling Attention to and Away from Her Smile

Miley Cyrus recently (Jan 5) announced to her Twitter followers, “Wearing my Invisalign [sic] for the 1st time in a while. It’s unclear whether referring to an Invisalign aligner or a similarly styled retainer, which people are supposed to wear after orthodontic treatment, but what is clear is that she’s thinking enough about her smile that she wants to have it fixed. Then a week later she tweeted a picture of herself wearing big fake teeth, then followed up with , “I get called an ugly lesbian a lot more than one would think. Or maybe not. Can you at least call me an interesting lesbian. I hate the U word.” She may here be expressing the source of her sensitivity to “the U word” as her teeth. And her iconic tongue-thrusting smile may be another way she’s trying to overcome her sensitivity about her teeth–it’s certainly one way to take attention away from her teeth in pictures. Celebrities have a hard time dealing with their insecurities in the public eye, but for many of us it’s a similar problem, just on a smaller scale. If your smile makes you uncomfortable, you don’t have to live with it, we can help you fix it. To learn more about your options, please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane and Spokane Valley.