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Old 10-08-2010, 11:59 PM
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Top and bottom teeth resting right on top of each other would technically be an underbite. Your average overbite isn't always noticeable from a front view, but it does usually mean the upper lip protrudes more and the front teeth are more visible and look larger. If you look at a moderate to severe overbite from the side or underneath when the molars are together and the lips are open, you can sometimes see the gap.

Here is my 'severe' (according to the last dentist I went to) overbite. As you can see it's hardly an obvious deformity if you have otherwise straight and non-gappy teeth (as most celebs with overbites do). It's rare you ever catch a glimpse of my bottom teeth since they are father back in my mouth, unless I make an effort like I did for the pictures.

My boyfriend does indeed find overbites attractive, it's always been something he's noticed in women. I often think actresses and models who have them are particularly cute as well - it gives a kind of innocent and playful look to their face somehow.

As for celebs with overbites, Eva Mendes has a pretty big one.

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I have no clue. I had never heard that it might be an attractive thing to anyone until this thread.

IMO overbite = weak chin. Weak chin = one of the least attractive features on anyone. If you're a man, start wearing a beard as soon as you can grow one; if you're a woman, you're SOL.

Cleetus The Slackjawed Yokel. Ick.
Actually an overbite and a weak chin aren't related at all. One is strictly an upper jaw (usually teeth alone) issue, the other a lower jaw (not involving teeth) issue. All it means when someone has an 'overbite' is that the upper teeth protrude outwards far enough that there is a space between the lower and upper front teeth. In a correct 'bite' the lower teeth fit right behind the upper.

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:09 AM
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k what are you people talking about?

These people have overbites? Then who doesn't?
Yeah, that was my thought, too...don't most people have that? I don't know many people whose front teeth rest perfectly on their bottom teeth...
They aren't supposed to, even. They're supposed to be just in front. Your front teeth are generally longer than your back teeth. If they went down right on top of each other, you couldn't use your grinding teeth.

My teeth are just shy of doing this. I have to stretch my bottom jaw to use my molars. That's why I have an underbite, and why I can have jaw problems with it. But, seeing as I don't walk around with my teeth clenched, you'd never know.
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Old 10-09-2010, 01:04 AM
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Asa graphic designer, I notice the Dairy Queen Lips has an overbite. Nothing more prejudicial to add, other than the local Dairy Queen Rulez.... the franchised Dairyqueen suckz.

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Old 10-09-2010, 07:05 AM
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No one's mentioned Meredith Baxter?
http://advocate.com/uploadedImag...9/Baxter_2.jpg

I thought Alex Keaton's mom pretty much defined the cute overbite
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Old 10-09-2010, 07:58 AM
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One of my favorite porn actresses, Justine Joli, has a pretty serious overbite. (No links or anything, for obvious reasons. The close-up photos that capture her smile also tend to capture other interesting things.) I think it's one of the quirks that makes her seriously cute; I first ran across her when she was doing "glamour" modeling under the name Swan, and it was her smile that got me hooked.
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:12 AM
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My husband is an oral surgeon and he has always commented that teeth that have a little bit of an overbite or snaggle-tooth are much sexier than perfectly straight teeth.
I didn't even know they had a sexiness-measuring instrument... I guess it's one of those sharp tools between the drool-sucking nozzle and the spit tray?
Actually it's the tool dangling between his legs.
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Old 10-09-2010, 11:50 AM
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Top and bottom teeth resting right on top of each other would technically be an underbite.
I think this is accurate in regards to the norm of how teeth fit together. But a true underbite would be prognathous. That is, the lower jaw protruding to the point where it would be obvious.

If you google "Hapsburg/ Habsburg jaw" you can see examples.

As far as attractiveness goes I would suggest:

Overbite=suckling child
Underbite=angry pug dog
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:11 PM
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They aren't supposed to, even. They're supposed to be just in front. Your front teeth are generally longer than your back teeth. If they went down right on top of each other, you couldn't use your grinding teeth.

My teeth are just shy of doing this. I have to stretch my bottom jaw to use my molars. That's why I have an underbite, and why I can have jaw problems with it. But, seeing as I don't walk around with my teeth clenched, you'd never know.
So does that mean everyone has either an underbite or overbite?
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:35 PM
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They aren't supposed to, even. They're supposed to be just in front. Your front teeth are generally longer than your back teeth. If they went down right on top of each other, you couldn't use your grinding teeth.

My teeth are just shy of doing this. I have to stretch my bottom jaw to use my molars. That's why I have an underbite, and why I can have jaw problems with it. But, seeing as I don't walk around with my teeth clenched, you'd never know.
So does that mean everyone has either an underbite or overbite?
No, most people have a normal bite or a slight overbite. In a perfect 'bite' the top teeth come down in front of the bottom teeth but everything fits closely together. From the molars to the front teeth, top and bottom should meet evenly and touch each other. An overbite is when the top teeth aren't properly aligned with the bottom, creating an empty space between the top and bottom front teeth and causing the top teeth to protrude from the mouth.

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Old 10-09-2010, 12:46 PM
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I met a 21 year old housewife who got married to the guy in the McMansion across the way, she had a severe overbite. If being rich, 21, and having protruding top teeth is supposed to make a woman look "sexy", it was sadly the opposite in this case. It made her look like a foolish rabbit, and she actually WAS as dumb as a rock. (leaving out long story of her idiocy here.) I disliked her immensely and they finally moved away. Mr. Sali called her "Nibbles", but not to her face!

Napolean Dynamite had an overbite in the movie, does anyone think it added to his attractiveness? No? Same with her.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:35 PM
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I think it really depends on the sexiness of the person in question before you consider the overbite. In the case of Brigitte Bardot I absolutely think her overbite pushing her full upper lip outward into a pout and her two front teeth showing all the time like a doll adds to her unique attractiveness.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:54 PM
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Zombies with an overbite?
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:28 PM
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Can anyone think of attractive males with overbites? If so, are their teeth part of the attraction?
Jensen Ackles is the first name that popped into my head.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:28 PM
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I think it really depends on the sexiness of the person in question before you consider the overbite. In the case of Brigitte Bardot I absolutely think her overbite pushing her full upper lip outward into a pout and her two front teeth showing all the time like a doll adds to her unique attractiveness.
This is similar to what I was thinking. All of the examples shown have been women that are sexy/pretty anyway, even when you don't consider their mouths at all. However, I don't find overbites particularly sexy.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:17 PM
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Can an overbite find it's way to the elite of the modeling world? Why yes, it can, even if it is a bit rabbity...

http://nydailynews.com/gossip/20...ew_vaughn.html

(I adore her, BTW)
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Old 10-11-2010, 01:00 PM
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Many fashion models have overbites as many are from countries or areas where orthodontia isn't such a priority (or a possibility) as in the US.

Alexander Skarsgard has an overbite and it's adorable. A moderate and non-gappy one makes (already handsome) men look cutely boyish.

Tom Cruise had a gappy rabbity overbite as a youngster which he had fixed, still had a cute (straight) overbite through much of his career but he got braces a few years ago and now his bite is correct. I liked the overbite better (pic shows it).

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Old 11-05-2011, 12:44 PM
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Why overbites are sexy.

They are sexy for a variety of reasons. By the way, I think you mean overjet, not overbite which is a term that's usually incorrectly used.

Overbites are sexy because:

1. They can make the lips more fuller, imparting thoughts of kissing, sucking, etc. All behaviors that have erotic ideas associated with them.

2. They imply a certain form of helplessness, where the person can't hide the fact that their teeth protrude, in some cases over the lower lip even when their mouth is closed.

3. They may have been caused by thumb sucking, maybe into their adult years, which also may imply helplessness, neediness, human frailty and weakness, a need to suck. And, if they do suck their thumb, the idea that they continue, even with their teeth showing the affects, that they are dependent and childlike, which suggests innocence which may be attractive. The idea of accepting their sucking behavior may ignite creative ideas in that regard.

4. Others may think that, if you show those with severe overjet some positive regard, they will be desparate for the attention, and so will be more open to one's advances.

5. It results in a lot of attention around their mouth, a typically erotic focus.





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If this belongs in IMHO, mods, feel free to move it. I wasn't sure.

Anyway, I've heard several guys, here and other places, remark that overbites are sexy. I'd just like to find out why.

Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:51 PM
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Twice reanimated! Impressive.
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:14 PM
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Holy chompers, yes sexy!

Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Missy Peregrym, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Melissa Theuriau and on and on and on.......
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Old 09-25-2015, 03:15 PM
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I think this now qualifies as a Zombie Thread!
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Old 09-27-2015, 12:00 AM
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I can't believe that here on the SDMB with all its geeks, that no one has mentioned the Doctor's companion Rose (Billie Piper.)
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Old 09-27-2015, 06:43 AM
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I was wondering about all the links that went nowhere, until I noticed the dates on the posts.
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:25 AM
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Okay, it's an old thread, but nobody mentioned the phrase "bucktooth and winsome", winsome meaning pleasant and attractive.

I had an overbite during my youth before I got braces with some teeth extracted, and most everyone seemed to regard me as fun and humorous. After braces, I'm regarded more in a plain brown wrapper, serious way, and people tell me to smile more and lighten up. The best I can hope for is to be regarded as a Bob Newhart, low-key comedian.

Also, I don't think anyone mentioned David Letterman's toothy smile. A couple charismatic celebrities with moderate overbites are Tiger Woods and Mary Tyler Moore.
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Old 09-27-2015, 09:42 AM
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Don't even get me started on women with Terry Thomas teeth!
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:49 AM
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I had an overbite during my youth before I got braces with some teeth extracted, and most everyone seemed to regard me as fun and humorous. After braces, I'm regarded more in a plain brown wrapper, serious way, and people tell me to smile more and lighten up. The best I can hope for is to be regarded as a Bob Newhart
From a "bucktooth and winsome" young lass to looking like Bob Newhart!?
There Oughta be a Law, I tells ya...!

"Hi! I'm Dr. Larry... this is Dr. Darryl... and this is our other Dr. Darryl. We're going to be taking some of your teeth out today just as soon as Nurse Betty gets back with some tools from Home Depot...."
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:12 AM
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I knew that being gap-toothed was historically a mark of lustiness/sexuality, but this overbite thing is news to me.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:46 PM
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In terms of things larger then normal on a woman's face, I must say I'm partial to big noses.
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Old 12-27-2016, 07:42 PM
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Holy chompers, yes sexy!

Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Missy Peregrym, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Melissa Theuriau and on and on and on.......
The only one in your lista which has an overbite(or underbite? ) is Kristen Stewart. The other are alla pretty normal especially Emma Watson and Natalie Portman. Others who have an underbite are Emma Stone and Kristen Stewart
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Old 12-27-2016, 09:43 PM
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Well, since it's getting revived for a third time:

Does Keira Knightley have an underbite or just a strong jaw?

Would Anne Hathaway count as a strong overbite since her smiles usually only show her top teeth?
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Old 12-28-2016, 01:56 AM
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An underbite is where the lower teeth protrude further than the top teeth. Keira's aren't like that, although I think they sit a bit further forward than the ideal.
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Old 12-28-2016, 04:43 AM
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As old as this thread is, I would have thought a lot of people would have had their teeth fixed by now.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:14 AM
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As old as this thread is, I would have thought a lot of people would have had their teeth fixed by now.
Just not that important in some countries.
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Old 12-28-2016, 05:50 AM
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Maybe I'm too European to notice but what are examples of celebrities with a "normal" bite then? Never would notice anything is "over" or "under" with the celebrities mentioned, their teeth look as normal as can be to my eyes.
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Old 12-29-2016, 05:36 AM
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So does that mean everyone has either an underbite or overbite?
Nope.

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As old as this thread is, I would have thought a lot of people would have had their teeth fixed by now.
Yep. Although the operation gave me permanent nerve damage, so I still think that just having falsies might have been better. None of the dentists/ surgeons thought that was a possible option

A little imperfection is always a little bit sexy.
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:48 PM
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I think you nailed it, Melbourne. I've always found Playboy Perfection boring. I prefer a face with some kind of character or distinguishing quirk. My wife just got braces to correct a canine that was a bit too exposed. I always liked it, but it's her mouth, and it was bothering her. She's got plenty of character anyway, even without the fang.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:17 PM
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I suspect that a smaller lower face (including the jaw) is one of the visual signals of femaleness.

Men develop much heavier bone structures in the face as they mature due to the presence of testosterone; women tend to preserve the proportions of their prepubescent facial structures.

So these lighter jaws and more delicate features are strong signals of femaleness to us beetle browed heavy jawed male types. Just like a number of other so nice features of sexual dimorphism that we possess. I don't really see any mystery here, but just a lot of beauty.
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