The way our teeth look gives other people an impression of what kind of person we are. Missing or chipped teeth may give someone the impression that you are unintelligent, slobbish, or troublesome. When it comes to creating a character for the Big Screen, actors are no strangers to the impressions that our smiles make. Several actors have gone the extra mile in character creation by uncovering tooth damage from their pasts to add to the personality they create on stage.
Some Actors Change Their Smile For Film
In the 1983 film The Outsiders, Tom Cruise played the role of Steve Randle. Randle was a tough guy with a wide knowledge of cars and a knack for acquiring his vehicle parts at a five-finger discount. For the role, Tom Cruise removed the crown on a tooth he chipped in childhood to give Randle that scrappy appearance.
Brad Pitt removed several crowns for his role in Fight Club in 1999. He played Tyler Durden, and felt that someone participating in a fight club would not have a movie-star smile. Another actor who removed his crowns for a role is Jim Carrey, who removed the crown from a chipped tooth for his role in Dumb and Dumber. His uneven grin gave the less-than-stellar intelligence of his character Lloyd Christmas a visual representation for the audience.
Sometimes these celebrities go beyond just removing crowns. Ed Helms had an entire implant removed for his role in the 2009 film The Hangover. He played Stu, a responsible and constantly worried individual. Over the course of happenings in the film, Stu gets a tooth knocked out. During the shoot, the space left in Ed’s mouth from the implant was protected from infection by a special guard. Like Ed Helms, Johnny Depp had some more intricate dental work done to play the role of aloof ex-pirate captain Jack Sparrow in all of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Depp had his teeth outfitted with gold crowns for the occasion, but the removal process was less than pleasant.
Changing Your Image
Each of these actors changed their teeth in order to play to the impressions that chipped or missing teeth leave on other people. They let their teeth become part of their unintelligent or rough-around-the-edges characters because that is the personality type that many people associate with tooth damage. Their characters might have been believable if they had kept their Hollywood smiles, but adding that extra visual appeal to reinforce the character helped.
You don’t have to let tooth damage control the impression you make on other people. If you have a chipped tooth, porcelain veneers or crowns can be used to protect the tooth from further damage while giving you back your perfect smile. These restorations are nearly invisible because they are carefully color-matched with the rest of your teeth. They are also fitted to your mouth in order to create an even and comfortable bite.
Missing teeth can also be replaced through the use of dental implants. These natural looking restorations are permanent, and function like your other teeth. At Weinstock Dentistry, this procedure is done completely in-office rather than having you go to two different places for the surgery and the restoration. Your smile will be rejuvenated, and the implant will prevent your other teeth from moving over to fill in the gap.
To learn more about how dental cosmetic restorations can fix your smile, please call (407) 834-6446 to set up an appointment with Orlando cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael L. Weinstock today.