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_Margaux_
Posts: 5
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Alas, I was not born with the perfect teeth.  My four of my front teeth each have about a centimeter between them.  They're straight, but not touching.  I've had dental consultations, and unfortunately, due to tricky teeth development, to fix the spacing I will need serious ortho work AND braces for at least a year. 
As a model and actress, do you think I should invest in getting that perfect smile or just attribute my imperfections as characteristic?
Mar 31 13 08:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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GER Photography
Posts: 7,877
Imperial, California, US


I would say, go for it!! You have a lovely face, and a nice shape, why not top it off with a winning smile!:-)
Mar 31 13 08:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Nikki Magnusson
Posts: 6,841
Las Vegas, Nevada, US


yes..

a great smile is best I think..http://a4.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/44/f21faa4715f3480285c74d593899a371/l.gif
Mar 31 13 08:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Designit - Edward Olson
Posts: 1,636
Eureka, California, US


_Margaux_ wrote:
Alas, I was not born with the perfect teeth.  My four of my front teeth each have about a centimeter between them.  They're straight, but not touching.  I've had dental consultations, and unfortunately, due to tricky teeth development, to fix the spacing I will need serious ortho work AND braces for at least a year. 
As a model and actress, do you think I should invest in getting that perfect smile or just attribute my imperfections as characteristic?

What about bonding to slightly widen each tooth?

Mar 31 13 09:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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_Margaux_
Posts: 5
Washington, District of Columbia, US


I've already discussed that option with a dentist.  Unfortunately, my teeth are shaped such that it would only exxagerate the imperfection. tongue
Mar 31 13 09:11 pm  Link  Quote 
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Designit - Edward Olson
Posts: 1,636
Eureka, California, US


_Margaux_ wrote:
I've already discussed that option with a dentist.  Unfortunately, my teeth are shaped such that it would only exxagerate the imperfection. tongue

That doesn't make sense if your teeth are straight. I suggest a second opinion.

Mar 31 13 10:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damianne
Posts: 15,975
Austin, Texas, US


Modelling is as much about being interesting as it is about being attractive.

I say keep em and love em unless you want to fix them for you. You're going to need to focus on acting regardless, so interesting is even more of a boon.
Mar 31 13 10:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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K I C K H A M
Posts: 14,636
Los Angeles, California, US


It honestly depends on what they look like. The straight-tooth gap works for some.

If you're wondering if it's worth it for your career, why don't you start contacting some agencies/ agents and going out on some castings/ auditions and seeing what the feedback is?
Mar 31 13 10:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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Cherrystone
Posts: 36,649
Columbus, Ohio, US


Lauren Hutton......Anna Paquin.....Madonna.
Mar 31 13 10:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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JaneyGarnet
Posts: 85
Portland, Oregon, US


I personally find a gap (diastema, if you want to get technical,) in the front teeth quite attractive. I worked in the dental industry for years. The trend right now if for bigger, straighter, whiter teeth and they often end up looking fake. I'd rather shoot a girl with her natural teeth any day, but I'm afraid my opinion might not be the popular one.
Apr 01 13 08:23 am  Link  Quote 
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salvatori.
Posts: 3,827
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, US


My thoughts on the subject come in two words:

Jessica.
Pare.

http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2012/TRANSFORMATIONS/121712-Jessica-Pare-7-400.jpg

smile
Apr 01 13 08:31 am  Link  Quote 
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Isis22
Posts: 2,553
Muncie, Indiana, US


Frankly I would get them fixed. The spaces sound noticeable. Your height will hold you down modeling but not acting. The extra boost of perfect teeth won't hurt.
Apr 01 13 03:22 pm  Link  Quote 
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- Aina -
Posts: 747
Redlands, California, US


I won't tell you whether or not you should or shouldn't, but what I will tell you is that make sure you do it for you and not for any other reasons.
Apr 01 13 03:33 pm  Link  Quote 
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Gitte
Posts: 995
Newton, Massachusetts, US


_Margaux_ wrote:
Alas, I was not born with the perfect teeth.  My four of my front teeth each have about a centimeter between them.  They're straight, but not touching.  I've had dental consultations, and unfortunately, due to tricky teeth development, to fix the spacing I will need serious ortho work AND braces for at least a year. 
As a model and actress, do you think I should invest in getting that perfect smile or just attribute my imperfections as characteristic?

A centimeter??! I'll assume you mean a millimeter between each of your four (upper?) front teeth...? And yes, in my opinion, I'd get them fixed. A year from now, you'd wish you did;-) Also, as there are no open smile pics in your port, I think your self consciousness about your teeth are holding you (& your expressions) back.
I would also seek a second opinion from another dentist / orthodontist, just to be sure of which procedure would be best for you.

Apr 02 13 05:28 am  Link  Quote 
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CRIMSON REIGN
Posts: 813
Baltimore, Maryland, US


I know your pain...literally. I have had problems with my teeth and I'm trying to save up enough to get that perfect smile. So much work needs to be done and dental insurance only cover cleanings and X-rays. UUUUUGH!!!
Apr 02 13 11:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Mary Zdo
Posts: 176
San Ramon, California, US


Maybe you could try looking into getting invisalign? I believe it costs about the same as braces and has the exact same effects, but you can take it out for shoots and such. My sister has it and no one can ever tell that there's a clear retainer covering all her teeth, and her teeth look much better now.
Apr 02 13 02:31 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christopher Hartman
Posts: 54,145
Buena Park, California, US


_Margaux_ wrote:
Alas, I was not born with the perfect teeth.  My four of my front teeth each have about a centimeter between them.  They're straight, but not touching.  I've had dental consultations, and unfortunately, due to tricky teeth development, to fix the spacing I will need serious ortho work AND braces for at least a year. 
As a model and actress, do you think I should invest in getting that perfect smile or just attribute my imperfections as characteristic?

invisiline?

Oh, check into Lumineers.  They can be more expensive than braces though.  I have two and they cost me $1k each when I got them 6-7 years ago.  Maybe much cheaper now.

Apr 02 13 02:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kithos
Posts: 360
York, Pennsylvania, US


Have you ever thought of maybe pageant teeth? I think they are called flippers. They just snap in when you need to use them and typically look fine for photo shoots.
Apr 03 13 10:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kelleth
Posts: 2,527
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Personally, I LOVE imperfect teeth.
Apr 05 13 09:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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V for Victory Modeling
Posts: 436
Roseville, California, US


Mary Zdo wrote:
Maybe you could try looking into getting invisalign? I believe it costs about the same as braces and has the exact same effects, but you can take it out for shoots and such. My sister has it and no one can ever tell that there's a clear retainer covering all her teeth, and her teeth look much better now.

Actually contrary to popular belief, invisalign doesn't work for all cases. I had braces years ago and having to have them again. I wanted to get invisalign this time (it's the same cost) unfortunately my doctor said that invisalign would solve only 85% or so of the work I need done. So I ended up getting clear braces. Mostly because of my bite not aligning up. Invisalign works great if you just have cosmetic issues, but it sounds like yours is more complex as you say. Consult with an orthodontist.

Apr 06 13 12:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Virtual Studio
Posts: 5,741
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


You're obviously a very pretty girl. I presume you're doing this just for career reasons.

It becomes a simple calculation.

Do you think you will make enough extra cash over a lifetime of modelling (which may only by 5 years  for most women) to cover the cost of the treatment?

Serious ortho work can end up in the $10,000 range. You have the exact numbers so do this with your figures.

Say you bill out at $100 per hour - 10,000 / 100 = 100 extra hours. 100 hours / 5 years = 20 extra hours a year. That's 3 extra full day modelling gigs you need to get each year to pay for the ortho.

Do you think you're being passed over for 3 major gigs a year because of your teeth?
Apr 06 13 05:46 am  Link  Quote 
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Harold Rose
Posts: 2,925
Calhoun, Georgia, US


_Margaux_ wrote:
Alas, I was not born with the perfect teeth.  My four of my front teeth each have about a centimeter between them.  They're straight, but not touching.  I've had dental consultations, and unfortunately, due to tricky teeth development, to fix the spacing I will need serious ortho work AND braces for at least a year. 
As a model and actress, do you think I should invest in getting that perfect smile or just attribute my imperfections as characteristic?

Looking at your port,   and it looks good..  Always strive for perfect ,,   it you don't then you will have something for an EXCUSE

Apr 06 13 06:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Mary Zdo
Posts: 176
San Ramon, California, US


Valerie Kelly wrote:
Actually contrary to popular belief, invisalign doesn't work for all cases. I had braces years ago and having to have them again. I wanted to get invisalign this time (it's the same cost) unfortunately my doctor said that invisalign would solve only 85% or so of the work I need done. So I ended up getting clear braces. Mostly because of my bite not aligning up. Invisalign works great if you just have cosmetic issues, but it sounds like yours is more complex as you say. Consult with an orthodontist.

You are very correct, I completely forgot about that. Now that I think about it, I remember my orthodontist telling me that I was a good candidate for invisalign specifically because all my teeth were all slightly crooked due to crowding with a bit of a front tooth gap. I ended up getting braces since at the time my insurance didn't cover invisalign but only had them for about 9 months since the issues were so slight. As you said, consulting with an orthodontist would be the best option for the OP. If invisalign wouldn't work her but she still wants her teeth to be perfectly spaced, there's always clear braces.

Apr 06 13 01:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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