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Rise of the selfie leads to huge increase in people seeking cosmetic dental work to correct ‘horsey’ teeth

By February 23, 2016 No Comments

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Dental surgeons see large hike in patients wanting to fix what they wrongly believe are protruding teeth, not realising their phone creates distorted image

Cosmetic dentists are reporting a huge increase in the number of patients who take selfies seeking treatment for what they wrongly believe are “horsey” teeth.

Britain’s rising obsession with the selfie – a photograph taken by the user, normally on a mobile phone – is leading to a proliferation of “dental dysmorphia”, warn experts.

Surgeons say they are seeing a large hike in people wanting a reduction in the natural dominance of their front two teeth, not realising that their phone is actually creating a distorted photo.

Yet cosmetic dental experts at the surgery are having to stop several people a week from undergoing work they do not need because when they visit in person their teeth look normal.

Selfies can distort the prominence of a user’s front teeth if they are taken too closely to the face and be further emphasised by the uses of flash…

“Teeth often look more protruding than they are in real life and appear ‘horse-like’, which can also be emphasised by the unflattering light of the flash.

“As teeth are at the centre of the image, people are increasingly, and understandably, driven to make them look nicer.

“While these photos will undeniably exaggerate defects, they can also be misleading.”…selfies have become the most popular way for women to appraise their looks – especially as many now use them to apply their make-up on the move in lieu of the traditional compact mirror.

He said he has to dissuade several patients a week from having unnecessary treatment.

“It’s always been thought that the two front teeth look good being a little more dominant with a step in length between these and the next two,” he said.

“It creates a ‘smile curve’ and it’s a highly aesthetic, natural, feminine, youthful appearance. However if your selfies are taken too close it can be distorted and exaggerate the size of the two front teeth.”…read more

 

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