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Kirsten Dunst’s Smile Makeover: From Crooked to Confident

Posted Monday, July 30, 2012 by NewBeauty Editors

Vocal in the past about being a fan of her crooked teeth, Kirsten Dunst has made a dramatic dental change—now her once-crooked smile is sexy and sophisticated—taking her from the “girl next door” to a more elegant-looking actress.

Why did she make the change? “She is a beautiful woman with a smile that is unique even with the overlapping of a couple of teeth,” says Beverly Hills, CA, cosmetic dentist Laurence Rifkin, DDS. “The only potential problem I see is that overlapping teeth cause shadows under certain lighting conditions, making some teeth appear much darker than others; this could be corrected by orthodontics or even removable braces for the ‘on-camera’ patient.”

One of the most common reasons for getting a smile makeover is crooked teeth, and for good reason. According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 96 percent of adults believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. “One of the first things people notice when they look at you is your smile— its shape, and whether it’s straight or crooked,” says New York cosmetic dentist Timothy Chase, DMD. “On average, it takes people a fraction of a second to determine if they like what they see.”

If you suffer from any of the following, an orthodontic straightening like braces or Invisalign may be right for you like it was for Dunst.

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