"Perfect" Teeth


What "perfect" teeth look like depends on where in the world you are. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline shed light on the intersections between beauty, social status and teeth.

Episode sources:

"A Brief History of Braces." Mental Floss. Aug. 17, 2009. http://mentalfloss.com/article/22538/brief-history-braces

"America's Great Dental Divide" by Richard Florida. CityLab. Sept. 27, 2011. http://www.citylab.com/politics/2011/09/americas-great-dental-divide/201/

"For Appearance' Sake: The Historical Encyclopedia of Good Looks, Beauty, and Grooming" by Victoria Sherrow. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2001. http://books.google.com/books?id=mNLZkzxmiEIC&dq

"Girls Braced for Beauty: Why Women Are So Much More Likely to Get Their Teeth Fixed" by Philip N. Cohen. Pacific Standard. Nov. 21, 2013. http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/girls-braced-beauty-many-young-women-get-teeth-straightened-70292/

"Grin and Bare 'Em: Bad Teeth" by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. The Beheld. Jan. 23, 2013. http://www.the-beheld.com/2013/01/grin-and-bare-em-bad-teeth.html

"History of Hygiene: Bathing, Teeth Cleaning, Toileting, & Deodorizing" by Eliza Knight. History Undressed. July 14, 2008. http://www.historyundressed.com/2008/07/history-of-hygiene-bathing-teeth.html

"Mentawai women and tooth sharpening." Gender Bend. March 01, 2011. http://genderbend.blogspot.com/2011/03/mentawai-women-and-tooth-sharpening.html

"Smiling and Status" by Karen Sternheimer. Everyday Sociology. Oct. 20, 2011. http://www.everydaysociologyblog.com/2011/10/smiling-and-status.html

"Teeth Chiseling." National Geographic. http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/indonesia_teethchiseling

"The American Way of Dentistry" by June Thomas. Slate. Oct. 01, 2009. http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_american_way_of_dentistry/2009/10/the_american_way_of_dentistry_3.html

"What Pensatucky's Teeth Tell Us About Class in America" by Susan Sered. Bitch. July 01, 2014. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/what-pennsatucky%E2%80%99s-teeth-tell-us-about-class-in-america

"When a Smile Is Too Perfect" by Catherine Saint Louis. The New York Times. Oct. 19, 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/21/fashion/21SKIN.html?_r=1&

Academic insights:

"Dental Modification: An Anthropological Perspective" by Danielle M. Barnes. University of Tennessee. 2010. http://trace.tennessee.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2385&context=utk_chanhonoproj

"Factors influencing a patient's decision to choose the type of treatment to improve dental esthetics" by R. Grzic et al. Vojnosanit Pregl. November 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23311250

"Objective, subjective, and self-assessment of preadolescent orthodontic treatment need--a function of age, gender, and ethnic/racial background?" by EA Christopherson, D. Briskie and MR Inglehart. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Winter 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18662255

"The Cost of Dental Care and the Impact of Dental Insurance Coverage" by C. Pryor et al. The Access Project. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. April 2009. http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2009/04/the-costs-of-dental-care-and-the-impact-of-dental-insurance-cove.html

"The influence of tooth colour on the perceptions of personal characteristics among female dental patients: comparisons of unmodified, decayed and 'whitened' teeth" by S. Kershaw, J. T. Newton & D. M. Williams. British Dental Journal. Feb. 15, 2009. http://www.nature.com/bdj/journal/v204/n5/abs/bdj.2008.134.html

Topics in this Podcast: Beauty, teeth, tooth, best of 2014 body image