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10 Celebs Who Refuse To 'Fix' Their Teeth

The Huffington Post   Catherine Pearson   First Posted: 02/15/2012 9:01 am   Updated: 02/16/2012 3:11 pm

It's sad to say, but we're in an era in Tinseltown when keeping your original teeth makes you, well, original. These days every photo you see from La La land is of another celeb flashing a set of perfectly bleached, perfectly straight (and even fake) chompers.

Of course, there's a reason why orthodontia exists, and it is hardly all about vanity. Fixing teeth and bites that really need it can help prevent tooth problems down the road and even assist with proper jaw growth.

But sometimes -- too many times, we'd say -- it's a reluctance to accept that teeth and smiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and that imperfections are often what make them beautiful.

Here, we've rounded-up 10 celebs who have embraced their natural smiles. We applaud them, and say it's time for all of us to take back our teeth!

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  • Anna Paquin

    It's apt that the actress has found fame on the show "True Blood" -- a drama that, when you think about it, is really a lot about teeth. Because what we love about Paquin is her refusal to have that gap in her wide, warm smile closed up. <a href="" target="_hplink">We agree with Winona Dimeo-Ediger over at The Frisky</a> who wrote: "She is a conventionally beautiful woman, yes, but that little 'imperfection' sets her apart from the sea of similar faces gracing magazine covers today."

  • Madonna

    One name, one awesome smile. The material girl has long had a little gap in between her two front teeth and has refused to go over board with the bleach.

  • Kirsten Dunst

    Dunst has steadfastly refused to change her smile,<a href="" target="_hplink"> telling <em>Elle</em> UK:</a> "I love my snaggle fangs. They give me character and character is sexy."

  • Woody Harrelson

    Men are hardly immune from hollywood pressure, but this actor has nonetheless kept his slight gap.

  • Jewel

    The singer-slash-actress (slash-poet) <a href="" target="_hplink">once told <em>Shape</em></a> that she got her big break, acting-wise, precisely because she had not altered her smile. <a href="" target="_hplink">Via <em>People:</em></a> "I asked [the director of "Ride With the Devil"], 'Why me? You could've had anyone you wanted. And he said, 'You have period teeth,'" she said. "So I got the job because I was the only actress in Hollywood who hadn't gotten her teeth fixed!"

  • Lara Stone

    The gap in model Lara Stone's teeth practically made her famous. <a href="" target="_hplink">According to <em>The Daily Mail:</em></a> That imperfect grin "sparked a shift" in the quest for "pearly whites."

  • Vanessa Paradis

    The French celeb is another member of the gap-toothed gang -- a feature that's often called out in magazines speaking about her willowy, unique beauty.

  • Seal

    The crooner is another member of the gap-tooth gang, keeping the small space in his startling smile.

  • Lauren Hutton

    Hutton has had an exceptionally long modeling career, and we wonder if her distinctive teeth haven't had something to do with it. Indeed, she's maybe <em>the</em> original gap-toothed model.

  • Steve Buscemi

    Buscemi's distinctive teeth may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you've got to give him serious credit for not caving on them. And the actor even counts them as an asset, career-wise. <a href="" target="_hplink">According to <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em></a> Buscemi has said: "I've had dentists who have wanted to help me out, but I say, 'You know, I won't work again if you fix my teeth.'"