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Lena Dunham Talks Teeth Criticism

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On being constantly criticized for her teeth:

As with so many women, my relationship to the trappings of beauty changes every day. And from the first time I read a tooth criticism online, I developed the habits of the suddenly self-conscious, pursing my lips at inopportune times like I’d just sucked down half a lemon.

What if the whiteness of my new teeth doesn’t match the rest of my face— freckled, uneven, and often makeup-free? Will it be the equivalent of a heavy-handed spray tan on someone who refuses to leave their Maui hotel room? And, perhaps most pressing, how good will this really make me feel?

I feel deeply that it is our differences that unite us; that it is the strange details of our faces that make us so totally human. If the mouth is a third window to the soul, then I want mine to look like someone has punched their way through it in a mad rageI will continue on: beaver-toothed, yellowed, enraging the internet one post at a time with a smile only a mother could love.

… says Lena.

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Altra
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Altra

I hate “hollywood” smiles; they’re awful, they look like dentures, and the thought of veneers makes my skin crawl. I understand if there is something categorically off with your smile like when Lindsay rotted through her teeth from drug use and needed them restored, but does everyone remember the Hillary Duff veneer fiasco? Or Todrick Hall’s and Rylan Clarks’ chicklet teeth? Gary busy’s denture-like veneers?

just take care of your teeth, easy on the wine and coffee and skip smoking and work a natural “imperfect” smile – for 90% of people, its perfectly fine

Naomi C
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Naomi C

I gotta say, I got veneers and it’s one of the best things I could’ve done. And they didn’t make my skin crawl nor does my smile look awful.

It’s also very easy to say to ‘just take care of your teeth’. I personally spent many years being self conscious about my smile and, just like anything else, if something bothers you so much that you can’t live with it without feeling self conscious 24/7, you should fix it.

Sarah
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Sarah

Her repulsivity has virtually nothing to do with her physical appearance and everything to do with who she is on the inside

ule
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Her teeth look normal. It’s the hollywood teeth that are weird and unattractive to me. Here in central Europe we definitely don’t have such high standards for smiles as in US – I don’t think I know any Americans with less than perfectly straight teeth.

Frigga
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Frigga

Her teeth still look more beautiful than her personality will ever be.

Kbr
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Meh I don’t care about crooked teeth but yes yellow teeth is not an attractive look it just looks unhygienic or something…I don’t like the blinding white Hollywood teeth look either