America's obsession with white teeth likely to become worldwide

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America's obsession with white teeth likely to become worldwide

Post by Afro_Vacancy » 5 months ago

I noticed when I moved from the USA to Australia in 2012 that many more people had poor teeth. That meant both poor shape, and more yellow-ness. I also know that other people who plan to move to the USA get told by their dentists that might need more work, because Americans care more.

I don't know what the origins of this is, but it's real, and given American cultural hegemony, you can expect it to eventually spread to the rest of the world. I grew up in Canada, which is similar to the USA, and it was standard for teenagers to get braces. I don't think that this is the case in any other countries.

I'll post some comparisons of some politicians, look at Boris Johnson's teeth:
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This is Theresa May, their shape is fine, but they're yellow:
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If May were an American, she'd likely be getting regular bleaching.

Contrast to Trump nd Obama:
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It may be the case that these two would not have made it if they had had teeth like Johnson.

Here's a photo of Arizona Senate Candidate Kyrsten Sinema that I saw this morning:
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I'm sure that she gets regular bleaching.
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Re: America's obsession with white teeth likely to become worldwide

Post by Arjen » 5 months ago

I don't welcome that, as my teeth are one of few physical assets positively discerning me from most men. :(

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Arjen wrote:
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I don't welcome that, as my teeth are one of few physical assets positively discerning me from most men. :(
I think that the relative importance of teeth is also greater now that we're in the online dating era.

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Afro_Vacancy wrote:
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I think that the relative importance of teeth is also greater now that we're in the online dating era.
When I see people with several pics and they have their mouth closed in each of them I always suspect bad teeth and swipe left. For me it's a deal breaker, at least if they are really bad.

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Post by supremegentleman » 5 months ago

I noticed that as well. Americans have perfect teeth. Is there some government scheme in place that ensures you get your teeth fixed at a young age?

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Post by Johnson » 5 months ago

Yes, its the way its going and we must adapt and play ball.

Coincidently I just had my own teeth whitened recently and I had one tooth reshaped because it was a little bit raised (and I wasn't going to wear a brace for one tooth).

Let me tell you that laser tooth whitening tends to hurt a fair amount. They told me before hand that nearly everyone suffers but I wasn't expecting it. You get shooting pains up your gums if you go longer than 20 minutes under the laser. It also continues to hurt many hours after its done. I'd say it hurts about as much as getting a tattoo done.

The end results is worth it though because it does look great when you have nice white teeth.
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supremegentleman wrote:
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I noticed that as well. Americans have perfect teeth. Is there some government scheme in place that ensures you get your teeth fixed at a young age?
There's no such government scheme, though it may be that government employees have good dental plans.

But you know what's more effective at transforming societies than government rules? Social norms.

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Re: America's obsession with white teeth likely to become worldwide

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But you know what's more effective at transforming societies than government rules? Social norms.
I wish we had those social norms in Europe because I'm almost fighting with my girlfriend over this. It's always playful though, but she has a very hard time accepting that I whiten my teeth every two years or so.

She sees it as one of my most superficial pursuit, and she also knows about the freezing of my belly fat :p. I usually tell her: "It's just good grooming!" and then she will say "but it doesn't matter, no one cares about it!".

Yeah people don't care in the same manner that they don't care if you're bald(ing), you won't feel a direct impact on social interactions, it's not like people will roll their eyes at you or actively try to avoid you because it, but the more subtle negative treatments will be there.

It costs 30€ to refill my whitening gel and it's done in about a week, so of course I'm going to do it. It helps your aesthetics in general and it's one of the cheapest and easiest ways to mitigate the impact of your hair loss on your overall looks.

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Post by Hairblues » 5 months ago

supremegentleman wrote:
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I noticed that as well. Americans have perfect teeth. Is there some government scheme in place that ensures you get your teeth fixed at a young age?
Well we have fluoride in the water some do actually consider that a govt scheme lol.

I started going to dentists 2x a year every year from a very young age.I want to say 6 or younger. It’s standard here. I have naturally straight teeth but yeah if your teeth were crooked you got braces. Even a lot of lower middle class kids got braces. You had to be like welfare poor not to have braces.
I grew up in 70s and 80s teeth were always in my life VERY important
First thing my immigrant dad did when he made money as a young man was cap all his teeth. I think even in 70s it cost him 10 grand.

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supremegentleman wrote:
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I noticed that as well. Americans have perfect teeth. Is there some government scheme in place that ensures you get your teeth fixed at a young age?
Fluoride in the tap water. I'm not even kidding either.

Anyway, my teeth are so yellow cars slow down when I smile. Don't smoke/chew tobacco, guys!
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Post by Afro_Vacancy » 5 months ago

There's a great scene in Dr. Strangelov, where the nutty general says that water fluoridation is part of a government conspiracy to lower the sperm counts of men.

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Uncle Grandfather wrote:
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Fluoride in the tap water. I'm not even kidding either.

Anyway, my teeth are so yellow cars slow down when I smile. Don't smoke/chew tobacco, guys!
How can you even smoke and be on a hair loss Forum? xD

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Post by blackg » 5 months ago

We have fluoride in our tap water down here too.

Now I've gotta say.... in those photos posted by Afro_Vacancy of Presidents Obama and Trump, it seriously looks as though their teeth have been artificially whitened by photoshop.
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Post by supremegentleman » 5 months ago

Trump has veneers. Obama's teeth look natural.

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Post by Rudiger » 5 months ago

Orange teeth bad
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