After officially announcing that he's transitioning into becoming a woman, Bruce Jenner is getting ready for a long list of surgical procedures. The former Olympic athlete has already had his Adam's apple shaved down and gotten breast implants, but those in the dental community have pointed out another change he may have to go through to make the transition complete. Dr. Gerry Curatola, a cosmetic dentist, believes Jenner should look into getting a dental reassignment to make his teeth look more feminine.
"There are anatomical differences between masculine and feminine teeth," said Curatola to Page Six of the New York Post. "I often have female patients come in with masculine teeth, and male patients who have feminine teeth."
According to Curatola, women have smaller, softer teeth than men. Curatola, who's been altering people's dental structure for over thirty years, said that he was even surprised that Jenner doesn't yet have a "feimininized smile."
Curatola said he could make Jenner's teeth appear more feminine in as little as 15 minutes with the use of enameloplasty, the act of permanently shaving teeth down, and veneers, placing a thin shell over teeth.
As of now, Jenner has no plans to alter his teeth, according to his publicist.
Popularity growth for cosmetic dentistry
Even though n attractive smile has always been an endearing quality, there's been an recent increase in the importance of having a nice and bright set of pearly whites.
A poll conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found 85 percent of people feel an unattractive set of teeth could make someone physically unappealing as a partner and 74 percent said an unattractive smile could lead to less success in the job market, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
In 2014, it was reported that dentists had doubled the number of cosmetic dental procedures they performed compared to just three years before.
Why the spike in interest all of a sudden? Well, some credit it to the growing popularity of the reality television industry and the standards of beauty they promote. Whatever the reason may be, some believe the right dental cosmetic procedure, such as having crooked teeth realigned or replacing missing teeth, can make someone look 10 to 20 years younger.
Whether it be "feminizing" their smile or making smiles a little bit brighter, it appears that more people are looking towards cosmetic dentistry as a means to improve and alter their appearance.