Dentists blame the tilted angle of selfie photographs for a dramatic rise in patient complaints.
You know the popular selfie-taking position – smartphone held high above the head, probably accompanied by a pair of pouting lips.
It’s an angle that’s chosen for its supposedly flattering line, but in fact it’s causing selfie addicts a whole raft of toothy insecurities.
Dentists have seen a dramatic rise in people looking to correct “horsey” teeth, and they say selfies are to blame.
“The problem with a selfie is that the picture is taken quite closely, so the image can be distorted,” dentist Tim Bradstock-Smith said this weekend.
“Teeth often look more protruding than they are in real life, which can also be emphasised by the light of the flash. As teeth are at the centre of the image, people are understandably driven to make them look nicer.”
The clinical director of the London Smile Clinic, has even had to dissuade several people a week from corrective surgery, reports The Times.
“The two front teeth look good being a little more dominant, with a step in length between these and the next two,” Dr Bradstock-Smith said. “It creates a ‘smile curve’ and it’s a natural, feminine appearance.”
The profession has seen a 30% rise in patients with concerns about their front teeth in the last five years, says Bradstock-Smith. It’s a trend that he believes is also being propped up by women who angle their mirrors when applying make-up.
If you think you have horsey teeth, please don’t worry. It’s probably all in your head.
As Bradstock-Smith says: “When they come in person, often the teeth don’t look too bad at all.”
“We dissuade two to three patients each week from treatment, and for many others will recommend simple alignment of front teeth instead of major intervention. We even offer tips on taking better photos.”
We’d happily receive some artistic advice after an oral examination.
Kitty Knowles is a Senior Features Writer at The Memo. Kitty previously worked as an online journalist for GQ. She can be found tweeting @KittyGKnowles.