History Main / BritishTeeth

3rd Nov '17 9:31:50 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Music/FreddieMercury of Music/{{Queen}} fame didn't move to Britain until the age of seventeen (he was born to an UsefulNotes/{{India}}n [[UsefulNotes/{{Zoroastrianism}} Parsi]] family in Zanzibar and spent most of his childhood near UsefulNotes/{{Mumbai}}, which was then called Bombay), but he developed a recognizable overbite caused by four extra teeth that pushed his incisors forward. He was self-conscious about it and grew his trademark mustache in an attempt to hide it. He also wanted to fix the condition through surgery but ultimately decided not to go through with the procedure because it would have meant having his jaws wired shut for several weeks, preventing him from working.
* British-Irish singer/songwriter and [[Music/ThePogues Pogues]] frontman Shane [=MacGowan=] is infamous for his terrible teeth, all of which eventually fell out and had to be replaced due to substance abuse.



* Music/FreddieMercury of Music/{{Queen}} fame didn't move to Britain until the age of seventeen (he was born to an Indian Parsi family in Zanzibar and spent most of his childhood near UsefulNotes/{{Mumbai}}, which was then called Bombay), but he developed a recognizable overbite caused by four extra teeth that pushed his incisors forward. He was self-conscious about it and grew his trademark mustache in an attempt to hide it. He also wanted to fix the condition through surgery but ultimately decided not to go through with the procedure because it would have meant having his jaws wired shut for several weeks, preventing him from working.
* British-Irish singer/songwriter and [[Music/ThePogues Pogues]] frontman Shane [=MacGowan=] is infamous for his terrible teeth, all of which eventually fell out and had to be replaced due to substance abuse.
21st Oct '17 7:11:33 PM DarkPhoenix94
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The reason for Britain's more lax standards on dental beauty are probably related to the National Health Service (NHS). Dentistry is the only part of the socialised healthcare system where the British people are expected to pay the costs of at least some of the work unless on benefits. British people tend to resent having to pay anything at all, leaving cosmetic dental care lower on their order of priorities than in other countries. As far as actual dental health goes, [[http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displaystory.cfm?subjectid=7933596&story_id=15060097 a 2009 study by the OECD]] found the UK to have some of the industrialized world's better dental health, ahead of the United States overall, something backed up by a [[http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/17/british-teeth-us-dentistry-oral-health 2015 study for the British Medical Journal]].

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The reason for Britain's more lax standards on dental beauty are probably related to the National Health Service (NHS). Dentistry is the only part of the socialised healthcare system where the British people are expected to pay the costs of at least some of the work unless on benefits. British people tend to resent having to pay anything at all, leaving cosmetic dental care lower on their order of priorities than in other countries. As far as actual dental health goes, [[http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/displaystory.cfm?subjectid=7933596&story_id=15060097 a 2009 study by the OECD]] found that the UK to have some of UK, ironically, has the industrialized world's better dental health, healthiest teeth in the industrialised world, ahead of the United States overall, something backed up by a [[http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/17/british-teeth-us-dentistry-oral-health 2015 study for the British Medical Journal]].
29th Sep '17 6:28:32 PM Augusto
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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by "Lord Mingeworthy" from the Webvideo/BrandonRogers ''[[https://youtu.be/pqVjPy8KxfY Normal British People]]'' sketch, as he wears fake British Teeth in the hopes of looking more like a stereotypical British.
8th Sep '17 9:57:56 AM NOYB
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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. In "Rdwrer", Daphne is upset at businesses sending Christmas cards ''after'' Christmas.

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. In "Rdwrer", Daphne is upset at businesses sending Christmas cards ''after'' Christmas.Christmas:
8th Sep '17 9:56:55 AM NOYB
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It should be noted that this stereotype is quite offensive. If you're American, and talking to a British person, don't make jokes about their teeth [[BewareTheNiceOnes if you fancy keeping yours]]. Also note that this is a ''national'' trope, not an ethnic trope - a plurality of Americans being mostly or partially of British descent.

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It should be noted that this stereotype is quite offensive. If you're American, and talking to a British person, don't make jokes about their teeth [[BewareTheNiceOnes if you fancy keeping yours]].yours. Also note that this is a ''national'' trope, not an ethnic trope - a plurality of Americans being mostly or partially of British descent.
12th Aug '17 12:53:17 PM SorPepita
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* In a notable American counter-example, Creator/PatriciaArquette chose not to have her teeth straightened as she didn't feel it was right for her. It hasn't hurt her career.

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* In a notable American counter-example, Creator/PatriciaArquette Patricia Arquette chose not to have her teeth straightened as she didn't feel it was right for her. It hasn't hurt her career.
9th Jul '17 2:14:16 PM DavidDelony
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The reasoning behind this trope has its roots largely in [[ValuesDissonance cultural differences]]. In America having bad teeth is associated with being extremely poor - not being able to afford the dentist is like not being able to afford basic medical care. Thus there is an enormous cultural stigma to not having perfect teeth. In Britain, on the other hand, for various reasons there is no such class stigma. Indeed the reverse seems to be true: having one's teeth artificially straightened or whitened is seen as a form of vanity, and cosmetically perfect teeth are seen as [[UncannyValley somewhat odd]]. The American emphasis on cosmetically perfect teeth is viewed as being obsessive, odd and an expensive financial indulgence. [[note]]Although private dentistry in Britain is taking mighty steps to remedy this lamentable state of affairs[[/note]]

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The reasoning behind this trope has its roots largely in [[ValuesDissonance cultural differences]]. In America having bad teeth is associated with being extremely poor - not being able to afford the dentist is like not being able to afford basic medical care. Orthodontia is a rite of passage for many American teenagers whose parents can afford it. Thus there is an enormous cultural stigma to not having perfect teeth. In Britain, on the other hand, for various reasons there is no such class stigma. Indeed the reverse seems to be true: having one's teeth artificially straightened or whitened is seen as a form of vanity, and cosmetically perfect teeth are seen as [[UncannyValley somewhat odd]]. The American emphasis on cosmetically perfect teeth is viewed as being obsessive, odd and an expensive financial indulgence. [[note]]Although private dentistry in Britain is taking mighty steps to remedy this lamentable state of affairs[[/note]]
27th May '17 5:17:58 PM nombretomado
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* The British adult comic {{Viz}} mercilessly turned the trope on its head in a one-off strip called Crystal's Big Chance. This was about an American girl who wanted to become a cheerleader, but was regarded as hideously ugly because one of her front teeth was just slightly out of line. She eventually got her happy ending and was hailed as beautiful at the end despite the enormous braces she now wore.

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* The British adult comic {{Viz}} ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' mercilessly turned the trope on its head in a one-off strip called Crystal's Big Chance. This was about an American girl who wanted to become a cheerleader, but was regarded as hideously ugly because one of her front teeth was just slightly out of line. She eventually got her happy ending and was hailed as beautiful at the end despite the enormous braces she now wore.
8th May '17 2:14:19 PM iowaforever
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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack's ally the Scotsman has a ''really'' bad tooth decay problem, visible whenever he smiles. (Which he tends to do ''a lot'' more often [[PerpetualFrowner than Jack]].)

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* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack's ally the Scotsman has a ''really'' bad tooth decay problem, visible whenever he smiles. (Which he tends to do ''a lot'' more often [[PerpetualFrowner than Jack]].)Jack]]). His wife as well has teeth just as bad as his, but somehow this didn't pass down to their AmazonBrigade of daughters.
1st May '17 1:23:10 AM HabitualCrawler
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* Music/{{David Bowie}}'s teeth were... less than perfect. Until he had them replaced.
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