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A New York Times article, Avoiding Dental Perfection With a Slight Twist, on how people are getting “imperfect” veneers for perfect looking smiles.

So this is a plug for dental braces results where teeth look nice, with a health bite, but healthily natural.


Shelly-Ann Fraser won the Gold in the 100m women’s final.  CONGRATULATIONS!

And she flashed a huge smile complete with a full set of braces!

This doesn’t have anything to do with braces, but hopefully this place where you can see all kinds of green deals and giveaways will bring some smiles!  (It’s a company my friend started, so I’m a big supporter.)  Ecobunga!

Ecobunga! - your guide to green giveaways & deals

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile,

but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Joshua, my favorite dancer on So You Think You Can Dance, got his braces off!!!

Congratulations, Joshua!

(This is uncharacteristically teeny-bopper of me, but I can’t help it.)

monkey with braces

It’s true!  I was waiting for the bus the other day, and saw this monkey with braces!

(It’s Julius on a cushion, in the San Francisco Paul Frank store window.  I don’t usually promote consumption, but this would make a fun gift for yourself or for your beloved braces wearer, don’t you think?)

I was talking with a friend the other day and told him about writing this blog.

He laughed and told me about a websited he created years ago–in the early days of the internet as we know it today–dedicated to living with a gap between his two front teeth.  I think it was called “gap toothed” or something like that.

Well, 10+ years later, thanks to technology services like this WordPress blog, it’s easy and fun to share about an experience that seems so personal, but is actually more broadly lived that we expect.

So, here’s to celebrating gaps in our teeth that we love, and those gaps in our teeth that we want to close up!

I was at the library today, and found a book that’s all about smiles, called Smile! The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Smile Beauty.

In fact, the Introduction chapter title is: What’s In A Smile?  Naturally, I had to check it out.

It’s written by a dentist to the celebrities, who created a teeth whitening system call GoSMILE.  I just scanned the chapter on teeth-whitening, and it’s fairly neutral; at least the info was consistent with what I’ve gathered so far on teeth-whitening. So my guess is that it has some helpful info in it; not just a marketing ploy.

I’ll read more and get back to you.  Here’s a fun fact from page 2 of the book:

“FACT: It takes nearly three times the number of muscles to frown as it does to smile.  Frowning requires forty-three, while smiling asks only seventeen to help out.  Stop working so hard!”

wearing earrings.

I have rarely worn them this past year.  Too much metal.

As I consider whether I’ll want to go the extra step and get my teeth whitened after I get my braces off (next week!), I’ve been doing a bit of research.

Here’s a fun article that talks about the blinding whiteness of some people’s veneered and bleached teeth, particularly in the entertainment industry (like Michael Douglas and Hilary Duff–I don’t really know who she is.)

It talks about stars who get porcelain veneers that look unnatural, about over-the-counter treatments like Crest Whitestrips, and the impact of shows like Extreme Makeover, which I’ve never seen. Though now I’m curious.

Anyway, if you’d like to read the article, go here.