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SeanArenas
01-09-2009, 01:09 PM
Why would a lead actor (who is one of the main stars in multiple movies or multiple TV shows) not make their teeth look at least decent, or even great?

It's somewhat bothersome to be watching an actor or actress who is otherwise great, who has visibly bad teeth. It's distracting from the overall performance.

Two examples the pop to mind are Kristin Kreuk and Patricia Arquette. Both are attractive actresses with good delivery, but their teeth distract me from the rest of the performance.

I've been sitting in dentist offices, looking at pictures on the walls of "before" and "after," demonstrating that dentist office's skill in improving the appearance of other customer's teeth. Some of the work looks truly amazing, and I'm in an office that accepts HMO.

I would assume that a multiple-show actor gets has access to better dental care than I do and could make their teeth look good.

It's one thing to maintain a look for a character throughout one series, but when you've moved from one series to the next, wouldn't you want to improve things?

Some actors go through a lot of work to alter their looks for a particular role, or even just to improve their marketability. Why are teeth low on the list for some actors?

Todderbob
01-09-2009, 01:15 PM
Speaking of Kristen Kreuk, I've never even noticed anything wrong with her teeth, after googling for an image, she looks to have a single chipped tooth, and that has never particularly bothered me (since I've never actually noticed it...).

I think that you might just have too much emphasis on teeth, honestly. As long as their not grimy, yellow or horribly misaligned, they seem fine to me. Perhaps slight cultural differences? I'm American, so I'm from one of the more Orally vein societies, but I've just never seen anything wrong with having a bit of oral uniqueness.

Vinyl Turnip
01-09-2009, 01:16 PM
It is odd that anyone would want to deviate from Hollywood's "Twin Rows of Perfectly Uniform, Blindingly White Tombstones" beauty ideal, but I guess to some it's just not that important.

Probably a birth defect.

terrymiff
01-09-2009, 01:21 PM
Probably a birth defect.

On adult teeth?

SeanArenas
01-09-2009, 01:24 PM
I had mentioned Kristin Kreuk's teeth to a friend when I was watching Smallville. He agreed that they were distracting. You might not notice it from an image you look up on the Web, but when they zoom in really tight on her face (so you can't see her forehead or chin), and it's being displayed on my HD Sony TV, and her teeth are visible for quite some time, it's obvious to me.

And I'm watching Medium right now, and I'm seeing Patricia Arquette's face (who's very pretty) but her teeth are very distracting to me.

GusNSpot
01-09-2009, 01:25 PM
"Woosh "

Hazle Weatherfield
01-09-2009, 02:09 PM
I think it's more off-putting or intrusive when actors DO have perfect teeth. That is not normal.

jayjay
01-09-2009, 02:19 PM
I think it's more off-putting or intrusive when actors DO have perfect teeth. That is not normal.

Perfect and BLINDINGLY WHITE. More bleach goes into mouths in Hollywood than goes in laundry*...


*Not a fact, just hyperbole

Jettboy
01-09-2009, 02:24 PM
Anyone remember Susan George from back in the day? She was in "Straw Dogs" and "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry"? Now those were some nasty ol' teeth.

Markxxx
01-09-2009, 03:06 PM
To me stuff like that makes the actors look off.

When I see a person over say 35 or 40 they SHOULD NOT have gleeming white teeth. Even if you brush daily and have no cavities, teeth are not gonna stay perfect white. It's like having hair that's perfectly one color. People don't have that, it becomes obvious it's a dye job.

But you can have temporary caps. Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth and Dawn "Mary Ann" Wells all said they wore fake teeth throughout their careers, not because their teeth weren't perfect enough. Those were caps but simply devices to put on and take off.

But look at Michael Phelp his mouth is all jacked up and it didn't hurt him.

The thing I hate is you get those "Chicklet Teeth," like Miley Cyrus and others and it's even worse than missing teeth.

matt_mcl
01-09-2009, 03:16 PM
There are some dental conditions that defy orthodontics. I have very small teeth (so do my mother and brother) that have noticeable gaps between them. When I was younger, my mother inquired about orthodontics. She was told the teeth were properly positioned, just small, so that braces or whatever would simply crowd them together in the front of the mouth. So that was the end of that.

dedmonwakin
01-09-2009, 03:37 PM
In my opinion, if I were into soaps it wouldn't bother me to see actors with perfect teeth, it would just add to this "seemingly" perfect world. Perfect beauty, perfect hair, perfect teeth, poor acting. I expect full feature cinema actors on the other hand to not have pearly white, perfect teeth. I expect to be pulled into the movie by not just the story, but by the believability of the actors. If they look too fake, how successful can their acting be portrayed to viewers? Imagine Deniro, Pachino, etc... with pearly white perfect teeth. How would some of their great roles be perceived as today?
Steve Buscemi probably has some of the most jacked up teeth in the industry, yet adds alot of realism to his characters.

Caps are the best way for any good actor to choose. If the role calls for comedy where the role requires perfect teeth, then pop them in. (Like Matt Dillion, in "Something About Mary":))

alphaboi867
01-09-2009, 04:19 PM
I think it's more off-putting or intrusive when actors DO have perfect teeth. That is not normal.

Eh, the only time I even notice that is if I'm watching something like a period piece. The same applies an absence of body hair (in either sex) in anything set before the 1920s.

corkboard
01-09-2009, 04:24 PM
Teeth like Patricia Arquette's don't bother me, but perfect white teeth do, particularly in a period piece. I just watched 3:10 to Yuma and it really bugged me that Christian Bale's teeth, in particular, were Hollywood-perfect on a character that fought in the Civil War, was a rancher in Arizona and most likely had little access to floss, fluoride, Crest and a Sonicare.

SeanArenas
01-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Period pieces are one thing, but I'm talking about present-day pieces. The TV show Medium is set present day, and I don't know a person who I speak with face-to-face who has teeth that distract me as much as Patricia Arquette's.

I never said people's teeth need to be perfect. Heck, I have noticed (although I tend not to) imperfect teeth in people and am not bothered. I'm not talking about mild imperfections, or where teeth are slightly differently colored, or where one tooth has a chip, or where there's a mild gap.

I'm talking about where the teeth literally distract me from the storyline and the acting. I know no person in "real life" (whom I speak with in person) who's teeth look anything like that. So for those people who are saying it brings a touch of realism - I'm sorry, it's distracting from the realism.

I heard a story one time that (no clue how true it is) Bette Middler chose to not get plastic surgery on her nose because it might affect her singing. I can totally see that! And I can totally see someone who's teeth are average (not great, and not bad) not wanting to get work done on them.

xanthous
01-09-2009, 04:59 PM
Michelle Rodriguez got her teeth fixed after her first appearance on Lost (in the airport with Jack before the ill-fated flight) and then miraculously they were perfectly veneered in her next appearance on the island.

Count this as an example of being distracted by too-perfect teeth.

mabes10
01-09-2009, 05:09 PM
I tried to see what you meant about Patricia Arquette but after 5 pages of google images I didn't see a single picture with her teeth showing. She must know they are bad.

Richard Pearse
01-09-2009, 06:03 PM
This was on page three, (http://famous-people-search.com/patricia_arquette/patricia_arquette_pictures/patricia_arquette_003.jpg) but yes I got the impression that she's aware of her teeth and keeps them hidden for photos.

SeanArenas
01-09-2009, 07:15 PM
This was on page three, (http://famous-people-search.com/patricia_arquette/patricia_arquette_pictures/patricia_arquette_003.jpg) but yes I got the impression that she's aware of her teeth and keeps them hidden for photos.That's actually a really good picture of her, and despite the fact that it shows her teeth, it doesn't make them look bad.

I bet that pictures people tend to click on and stay on are the ones where actresses (and actors) tend to look good, so you aren't likely to find pictures on the Web of their worst sides.

To really see what I mean, you'd need to sit through a few episodes of Medium and see if you get distracted.

I could show you 150 pictures of me, and not let you see the scar on my nose. I'll make sure to not show you those pictures. And knowing about the scar, I will position my glasses to hide it, and turn my head so it's not as visible. I assume if I had disturbing teeth, I would make a point of smiling in a way that didn't show them off, when a picture is being taken.

During consistent dialogue, where Patricia is the main actress in Medium, she's not going to get to show her "best side" through the whole show.

scm1001
01-10-2009, 10:52 PM
I had mentioned Kristin Kreuk's teeth to a friend when I was watching Smallville. He agreed that they were distracting. You might not notice it from an image you look up on the Web, but when they zoom in really tight on her face (so you can't see her forehead or chin), and it's being displayed on my HD Sony TV, and her teeth are visible for quite some time, it's obvious to me.

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HD is going to be a problem for a lot of faces. You will see every pore, broken vein, blackhead in glorious detail

dropzone
01-10-2009, 11:57 PM
HD is going to be a problem for a lot of faces. You will see every pore, broken vein, blackhead in glorious detailI warned them, after seeing razor burn on the crotches of skaters in the 2002 Winter Olympics, but did anybody listen to me? "No," they said. "Everything will be peaches and cream." But a peaches and cream complection on screen requires one in real life, not the imperfect complections of actual PEOPLE.

And yeah, when Jessica Simpson started advertising the efficaciousness of some pimple cream I sat up and took notice because I had seen her "before" pics.

astro
01-11-2009, 12:12 AM
Re Kristin Kreuk yeah those are some seriously mangled up choppers (http://bakkouz.net/pix/kristin2.jpg). Can't see how she even gets dates.

mrpayday
01-11-2009, 12:56 AM
Russian porn has some of the worst teeth ever, yellow fangs sticking out in all directions.

groo
01-11-2009, 01:00 AM
I don't see a problem with Kristin Kreuk's teeth, at least from the picture linked above. And in regards to Patricia Arquette, I've always found her to be incredibly attractive, and her teeth are a flaw that makes her seem more like a regular person. However, as far as I can remember, PA is the only actor or actress whose teeth I even noticed, except for a fascination I have for trying to peer into actors' mouths in period pieces. So far, not a one has had evidence of 20th century metal fillings, but I just got a HDTV last year, so it's just a matter of time....

BTW: I read once but can't find a cite: Jaclyn Smith had a gap in her front teeth right up to the end of Charlie's Angels, so you can't find any pictures of her in that era with a toothy grin. The reason I remember it was because the article noted that, ironically, her father was a dentist. I think there was something about having to take too much time away from the camera for her to get them fixed, so she had them fixed after the Charlie's Angels series concluded.

I have fluoride stains, wherein some sort of fluoride treatment many years ago left white streaks on my teeth, making my teeth look discolored. So I tend to try to make that sexy, mysterious smile that Jaclyn always had, but it doesn't work out that well for me.

BMax
01-11-2009, 01:14 AM
What the fuck are you people talking about?
Kristin Kreuk and Patricia Arquette are both smoking hot, and I like their teeth. I get distracted by actors with their perfectly-aligned, dazzling white, obviously fake teeth. I don't mind seeing a tooth or two a little out of alignment. I agree, that's the kind of flaw that makes them even more beautiful.

Zoe
01-11-2009, 02:10 AM
Has anyone else noticed Tom Cruise's perfectly centered big front tooth?

Exapno Mapcase
01-11-2009, 02:22 AM
What the fuck are you people talking about?
Kristin Kreuk and Patricia Arquette are both smoking hot, and I like their teeth. I get distracted by actors with their perfectly-aligned, dazzling white, obviously fake teeth. I don't mind seeing a tooth or two a little out of alignment. I agree, that's the kind of flaw that makes them even more beautiful.

Agreed. The bleached whiteness of most actors' teeth today is impossible to overlook, while small flaws are totally natural. We should start a campaign to darken teeth.

Take Orthodontal Overwhiteness Totally out of Hollywood. TOOTH.

[or Take Orthodontal Overwhiteness Totally Out Of Today's Hollywood Y'all. TOO TOOTHY]

Todderbob
01-11-2009, 05:47 AM
Re Kristin Kreuk yeah those are some seriously mangled up choppers (http://bakkouz.net/pix/kristin2.jpg). Can't see how she even gets dates.She can get a date with me any day.

Fear Itself
01-11-2009, 07:13 AM
Grant Imahara from Mythbusters had some impossibly crooked front teeth in his first season, but has since had them straightened (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grant_Imahara.jpg).

XJETGIRLX
01-11-2009, 07:30 AM
I think it's more off-putting or intrusive when actors DO have perfect teeth. That is not normal.

This. Especially when they are playing a role not set in modern times, where there was no way the character could afford or even access a dentist.

SeanArenas
01-11-2009, 11:26 AM
What the fuck are you people talking about?
Kristin Kreuk and Patricia Arquette are both smoking hot, and I like their teeth. I get distracted by actors with their perfectly-aligned, dazzling white, obviously fake teeth. I don't mind seeing a tooth or two a little out of alignment. I agree, that's the kind of flaw that makes them even more beautiful.Wow I feel like I'm being misread.

I used Kristin and Patricia as examples of attractive women who's teeth I find distracting. I did not say they are not attractive; in fact I've called them both attractive and pretty in this thread.

I have also never, ever said or implied that people need to have "perfectly-aligned, dazzling white, obviously fake teeth." You act like if I don't see bonded teeth, I think the person must have been in a horrible accident. That's not the case at all.

To repeat; I don't know anyone in real life who's teeth are as distracting as Patricia Arquette's. So, for the excuse that her teeth looking the way they do is more "natural," I'm sorry, it's UNnatural if they look like nothing else in nature, anywhere.

My entire point is that the teeth are distracting me from an otherwise very attractive woman who also happens to be a great actress. My question was along the lines of, "Did anyone ever mention this to Patricia Arquette (or Kristin Kreuk, or any other actor who has distracting teeth)," and "what would be the main motivation for not getting it done?"

People's response seems to indicate they are guessing that the actor believes it's more natural or realistic and isn't changing it because of that. If it were more natural and normal, then I would probably know at least one person in real life who's teeth are equally distracting. Or, I would know enough people who's teeth are similar in real life that teeth like that would not be distracting to me.

SeanArenas
01-11-2009, 11:29 AM
This. Especially when they are playing a role not set in modern times, where there was no way the character could afford or even access a dentist.As has been stated upthread, this is not the situation we're talking about. I'm talking about actresses who play present-day roles (Smallville, True Romance, Medium).

And can't they do something to dumb the teeth down for a period piece? Some temporary stains to change the color and apparently straightness of the teeth?

People need to understand that I agree 100% that in a period piece (fantasy, or civil war, or crusades, or whatever) that actors should not walk around flashing bonded-white tooth grins. THAT would be distracting. But that isn't the situation I'm bringing up here.

tumbleddown
01-11-2009, 11:46 AM
It seems that Patricia Arquette may not be happy with her teeth; a Google Images search of her shows not one single picture where she smiles with her lips even slightly parted. Premieres, red carpets, posed pictures, all the same, lips tightly pressed together.

I found one somewhat older picture of her (http://ferideuslu.com/pics/rp_arquette1_500_60.jpg), posed even, with her mouth slightly open and you can see that her top teeth don't align. To fix what she's got going on looks very much like it would require orthodontia, not simple cosmetic dentistry, especially not for a 40 year old woman whose teeth have probably been in that shape for 30 years.

And I think it's pretty clear why a consistently working actress of her age isn't going to go through the pain and the alteration of her looks and the way she speaks to try to adjust her teeth when they're not causing her any personal or, apparently, professional problems.

As for Kristin Kreuk (http://standing8.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/kristin_kreuk1.jpg), all I can say is bwuh? One chip.

Honestly, if you're noticing on these things in the midst of shows like Medium and Smallville, you're probably a little hyperfocused and should maybe attempt to jar your perspectives.

Lemur866
01-11-2009, 11:49 AM
Wait, are you seriously alleging that you never see actual people in day to day life that have slightly crooked or slightly discolored teeth? That Patricia Arquette and Kristin Kreuk have such horrible teeth that you'd recoil in horror if you met someone with such teeth in real life?

I see people with imperfect teeth every day. What planet are you living on?

Hakuna Matata
01-11-2009, 11:57 AM
Wait, are you seriously alleging that you never see actual people in day to day life that have slightly crooked or slightly discolored teeth? That Patricia Arquette and Kristin Kreuk have such horrible teeth that you'd recoil in horror if you met someone with such teeth in real life?

I see people with imperfect teeth every day. What planet are you living on?

I agree with this. What world are you in that you don't see thousands of people daily with teeth worse then this? I can't even imagine I would have noticed this if you hadn't pointed it out and even then it isn't distracting at all.

I also imagine that having regular normal teeth like 99% of the world would actually help you as an actor or actress when you had to play regular parts that didn't require perfection.

But I agree with Lemur866, I see much worse teeth on a daily basis then this.
Perhaps you are obessessing a bit much on them and thus you notice them? Or you a dental student or someone who has lots of dental issues and thus you notice this more then the average joe?

Bijou Drains
01-11-2009, 12:37 PM
I had braces as a kid but after a while a couple of my teeth got slightly misaligned. My orthodontist told me that happens in some cases. I could have gotten more braces but I decided not to. Perhaps that is what happened to Arquette, she had braces and later her teeth moved out of alignment.

Hakuna Matata
01-11-2009, 12:48 PM
To repeat; I don't know anyone in real life who's teeth are as distracting as Patricia Arquette's. So, for the excuse that her teeth looking the way they do is more "natural," I'm sorry, it's UNnatural if they look like nothing else in nature, anywhere.

People's response seems to indicate they are guessing that the actor believes it's more natural or realistic and isn't changing it because of that. If it were more natural and normal, then I would probably know at least one person in real life who's teeth are equally distracting. Or, I would know enough people who's teeth are similar in real life that teeth like that would not be distracting to me.

But you seem to be saying that you don't know anyone in real life who has teeth like this--I find that extremely difficult to believe. And are you seriously saying that her teeth look 'like nthing else in nature, anwhere'? From the photos posted here there isn't anything I have seen that would lead me to believe that her teeth look anything other then normal. They are not perfect, but nothing is and things that tend to look perfect look unnatural. I am a VERY visual person (part of my occupation) and I notice lots of details that others don't. Frankly as a member of the artistic community it is the little imperfections that make things feel natural. Go look at your face in the mirror--is it perfectly symmetrical? No--but it is the little blemishes and imperfections that make one attractive. Overall I think this woman is attractive, so thus the teeth aren't noticeable. If her teeth looked like Steve Buscemi then I might notice. But her teeth aren't that extreme to me.

jsgoddess
01-11-2009, 01:05 PM
If her teeth looked like Steve Buscemi then I might notice.

Any one else picturing each incisor with a tiny portrait of Steve Buscemi like a weird version of those picture manicures?

CaerieD
01-11-2009, 01:15 PM
Wait, are you seriously alleging that you never see actual people in day to day life that have slightly crooked or slightly discolored teeth? That Patricia Arquette and Kristin Kreuk have such horrible teeth that you'd recoil in horror if you met someone with such teeth in real life?

I see people with imperfect teeth every day. What planet are you living on?

I have to agree with this. I assume that the actors in question simply don't consider it necessary to have some dental intervention, and as I find them both fairly attractive women I can't blame them.

Where I live, those teeth would be perfectly nice teeth. I live in the country where there is a great deal of poverty and it's not uncommon to meet people who have blackened, rotting or just plain missing teeth. Those who do have money may have nicer teeth, but not the impossibly white, perfectly straight ones advertised by dentists. Before that, I lived in the Las Vegas area, which can be nearly as vain as Hollywood, and still saw bad teeth on a regular basis, regardless of someone's financial situation.

So perhaps, to answer the OP, the problem is that a large percentage of people aren't interested in having perfect teeth, and some of those people become actors.

Baldwin
01-11-2009, 01:16 PM
"Who's" = "who is".

"Whose" = possessive form of "who".

Do you find teeth similarly distracting in people you speak to face-to-face?

Properties of Iron
01-11-2009, 02:03 PM
If actors and actresses teeth bother you, you better stay away from punk bands for your life.

jayjay
01-11-2009, 02:11 PM
If actors and actresses teeth bother you, you better stay away from punk bands for your life.

Oh, good lord...Shane McGowan (http://embed.maxim.com/22001-22500/22353/worstTeethinRock_shaneMcgowan.jpg) would give the OP a heart attack!

*And that's not the dental nadir of Mr. McGowan...

Eyebrows 0f Doom
01-11-2009, 02:12 PM
Re Kristin Kreuk yeah those are some seriously mangled up choppers (http://bakkouz.net/pix/kristin2.jpg). Can't see how she even gets dates.

I assume this is a woosh, but if not, wtf?! What's wrong with her teeth? From the way the OP was describing her, I was expecting something like this (http://fluzo.org/media/resources/230/images/steve_buscemi.jpg).

Gorgonzola
01-11-2009, 07:54 PM
I'm surprised no one has mentioned Kirsten Dunst (http://rosasacidas.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/teeth-kirsten-dunst-400a0718071.jpg). I've always loved her genuine teeth. There's just something so screw you! about them. I was pissed off when David Bowie had his fixed, too. :mad:

Guinastasia
01-11-2009, 08:41 PM
Teeth like Patricia Arquette's don't bother me, but perfect white teeth do, particularly in a period piece. I just watched 3:10 to Yuma and it really bugged me that Christian Bale's teeth, in particular, were Hollywood-perfect on a character that fought in the Civil War, was a rancher in Arizona and most likely had little access to floss, fluoride, Crest and a Sonicare.


I believe he had them capped for American Psycho.

Enright3
01-11-2009, 11:20 PM
The first thing I thought of when reading this thread was Jennifer Grey, who had a little work done thereby removed her 'unique' looks. After that her career went to hell in a hand basket.

SeanArenas
01-12-2009, 12:40 AM
The vast majority of the replies are taking my posts out of context or completely wrong.

If you haven't seen the shows I'm referring to, then understand that Googling a picture of the people I'm talking about is not going to give you a fair idea of what I'm talking about. When you reply and tell me I'm crazy, you're not seeing what I'm seeing, because you're not looking at the same footage I am.

People also keep thinking (even after I've clarified it repeatedly in posts in this thread) that I'm demanding people have "perfect teeth" - that's never been the case, so lay off.

Look at the forum you're posting in - I was asking as factual question. For those of you who are offering opinions based on looking at something different than I am, you're not addressing the factual question I'm trying to get answered.

I also keep repeating that I find these people attractive, and that I've only found their teeth distracting. Mainly because it seems to me that if a person is capable of affording orthodontia, what their other reasons for not doing so might be. I can see someone who doesn't get out much, or never has pictures taken of them, maybe they do work on the Internet or on the phone, they may not care much. It just seems to me that if a person is going to be getting in front of a camera often, they might want to pay attention to appearances. I was wondering what was their motivation for not doing so.

For those who have posted pondering about my teeth - fortunately, my teeth are pretty straight. I use a whitening rinse every day, and they seem to be fairly bright and uniform.

For those who have posted stating that I'm fixating or obsessing: People post questions on this forum all the time. A question pops in to your mind, you want it answered, you post your question. Does that mean they obsess about that topic?

So I see an actor or actress make a decision about their appearance (hair, teeth, eye color, whatever) and post a question about it - suddenly I'm obsessing? Most of my follow up posts have been to clarify how wrong people have taken my OP.

To sum up: Googling a picture of people I'm referring to does not give you the same impression I get when watching the person talk on a show. Don't tell me my opinion of the person is wrong when you haven't seen the same thing.

I'm asking factual questions. For those of you who have pointed out famous people who have changed their teeth (arguably) for the "better" and have had changes in their careers, that's the kind of information I was looking for. Things that drive a person's motivation to or not to get orthodontia.

WarmNPrickly
01-12-2009, 12:47 AM
I'm a die hard Smallville fan, and I've never noticed Kristen Kruek's teeth. I'll keep an eye out, but I doubt she'll play a large role this season.

SeanArenas
01-12-2009, 12:51 AM
I'm a die hard Smallville fan, and I've never noticed Kristen Kruek's teeth. I'll keep an eye out, but I doubt she'll play a large role this season.I only noticed hers on occasion, honestly. And it wasn't a huge deal - just a side thing I noticed. Once I noticed it the first time, though, it made it easier to notice it in the future.

It also shows up more (with any actor) during dialogue than smiling. I'm sure they learn how to smile without showing it off (as tumbledown pointed out about few pictures of PA showing teeth).

Richard Pearse
01-12-2009, 02:35 AM
To sum up: Googling a picture of people I'm referring to does not give you the same impression I get when watching the person talk on a show. Don't tell me my opinion of the person is wrong when you haven't seen the same thing.

I'm asking factual questions. For those of you who have pointed out famous people who have changed their teeth (arguably) for the "better" and have had changes in their careers, that's the kind of information I was looking for. Things that drive a person's motivation to or not to get orthodontia
The problem is you say things like I know no person in "real life" (whom I speak with in person) who's teeth look anything like that. So for those people who are saying it brings a touch of realism - I'm sorry, it's distracting from the realism. This suggests that either you move in a circle of friends who have great teeth or, more likely, in real life you tend not to have your friend's face in close up on a 50" plasma screen on your lounge room wall. In other words, you probably talk to many people who have teeth as bad as Patricia Arquette's but your attention is not drawn to them in the same way. Saying that her teeth are unrealistic is forgetting that her teeth are real and many people have teeth that are far worse. Her teeth are quite realistic and if you find them distracting it's really your problem not hers.

To give a WAG answer to your GQ though, I found an article (http://theinsider.com/news/291032_Patricia_Arquette_Stunned_By_Weight_Loss_Request) where it's reported that Arquette was unhappy with a request from the Medium producers for her to lose weight gained during motherhood so she could play the role of a mother of three. It seems to me that she is more interested in being a real person than a Hollywood cliche.

Nava
01-12-2009, 04:48 AM
You know, one thing I like about British shows as opposed to US shows is that in British ones not everybody (including medieval peasants) has Absolutely. Perfect. Glow-in-the-dark. Teeth.

The OP's mileage evidently varies.

Nava
01-12-2009, 04:55 AM
Sorry, late: the only way I could make my yellow teeth white is by getting all of them capped, or removed (it's not stains, it's tetracyclines (sp?) - the core of each tooth is darker than the outside so stain removal methods can't work). We looked into getting braces and the dentist actually recommended against it, as my teeth are ugly but I have the best bite he'd ever seen. I'm sure I can't be the only person in this planet who has access to dentistry but for whom it isn't really worth it to use it.

Strange Machine
01-12-2009, 05:29 AM
Tom Cruise had braces several times and they didn't seem to help.

I can't stand Kirsten Dunst's teeth. I would probably feel different if they were in the mouth of a good actress, so I guess that goes a long way.

I think the teeth thing is kind of like that old cartoon convention where the princess/belly dancer is wearing a veil and the star (I distinctly recall a Woody Woodpecker short, but probably others) is all hot and bothered until she removes her veil and she's a complete hag underneath.
This is extreme, but you get the point. Kristin Kreuk and Patricia Arquette are perfect examples of this. Both get you revved up then you get a surprise that they're not as attractive as you first thought.

In one of the first episodes of Heroes this year, there's a profile shot of Kristen Bell smiling widely. Six gleaming white veneers in front, and the rest is a mouthful of yellow snow. Recognizing the phoniness lowered my opinion of her looks.

Start looking at ears, and tons of stars have weird looking ears.

FriarTed
01-12-2009, 05:42 AM
One person who's dental imperfection I find adorable....

Jewel.

Todderbob
01-12-2009, 07:25 AM
One person who's dental imperfection I find adorable....

Jewel.Staite, or the singer?

Jamicat
01-12-2009, 07:42 AM
One person who's dental imperfection I find adorable....

Jewel.

I was gonna comment on her too...

ponsonby
01-12-2009, 05:13 PM
Fucking ridiculous. I can't believe people give a shit about something so minor as slightly imperfect teeth. It's that distracting that it ruins anything that the metioned actors appear in?

gigi
01-12-2009, 05:22 PM
Has anyone else noticed Tom Cruise's perfectly centered big front tooth?

Yes, that actually does distract me when I watch him in films.

Another British woman who hasn't "fixed" her teeth is Keira Knightley, and it gives a nice touch of realism to an otherwise impossibly pretty person.

River Hippie
01-12-2009, 06:35 PM
I had braces as a kid but after a while a couple of my teeth got slightly misaligned. My orthodontist told me that happens in some cases. I could have gotten more braces but I decided not to. Perhaps that is what happened to Arquette, she had braces and later her teeth moved out of alignment.

When I saw your username it reminded me of this Bijou Phillips picture (http://wallpaperbase.com/wallpapers/celebs/bijouphillips/bijou_phillips_1.jpg). Now those are teeth with street cred.

I think she's pretty. Jewel too.

ETA- fixed.

Starving Artist
01-12-2009, 07:07 PM
Yes, that actually does distract me when I watch him in films.

Another British woman who hasn't "fixed" her teeth is Keira Knightley, and it gives a nice touch of realism to an otherwise impossibly pretty person.Nor has Kelli Ali (http://youtube.com/watch?v=UjBwe6IL10o), who reminds me of my first serious girlfriend (but without the mid-sixties hairdo :D).

Guinastasia
01-13-2009, 12:06 AM
Well, there's realism, and then there are the Jack Lambert (http://lambert58.com/) types. ;)

rock party
01-13-2009, 01:00 AM
Hollywood really does overdo the "perfect grill" these days and they really should leave well enough alone. Not just period peices either; anytime a prison thug or ganster (in modern times), or a dirt poor hillbilly/trailor trash type flashes a brilliant "Ormanesque" set of choppers, the authenticity factor fizzles.

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