American Style Smile – ZooとThoughts
ZooとThoughts is created to motivate your learning of English. A language is not only vocabulary and grammar, it is also grown from culture. By learning about culture, the language becomes even less foreign because you are able to understand the nuances within the vocabulary and grammar. If you are in a conversation with someone and you are discussing a topic it is important to understand the words they are saying, the context in which they are saying them, and the culture that helped shape that opinion. That’s what this page is meant to do – help you understand on a deeper level.
An American style smile is practically the symbol of a friendly hello, it’s a good way to break the ice with a stranger when you approach them. Whether you want to start a conversation, ask for the time, or ask for directions a smile is an easy way to let people know that you’re a friendly and nice person. The highlight of a good smile are your teeth, and in general, Americans strive for a radiant smile that comes from having white teeth.
Cosmetics are important in American culture. This is expressed through a variety of ways, but today we’re going to talk about how it’s expressed through teeth. It is a popular image in American culture that if you have healthy and strong teeth, then your teeth are white and straight. The fact is that most teeth are not like that, even though they are plenty healthy. Teeth are viewed as an outward expression of inward health. A smoker is obviously not healthy and you can tell this by looking at their teeth. But if someone has nice teeth, then they are healthy. Thus, cosmetic dentistry helps people to achieve healthy looking teeth.
There is a deluge of cosmetic dentistry applications on TV. It includes anything from whitening your teeth at home to crowning them to get a perfect Hollywood smile. You can even get your new teeth in the color, Hollywood White, which looks as fake as it sounds. There’s a specific commercial from Crest that actually asks if your teeth can pass the “tissue test”, which means: Are your teeth as white as a tissue? If they’re not, then you need to whiten them.
It’s not just the color of your teeth, it’s also the shape, size, and how straight they are. Some people have a tendency to grind their teeth at night, and sometimes they may break a tooth because they are grinding so hard. Perhaps some women feel like their teeth are too big, so they’ll file down their teeth to a more feminine size and shape. Of course those procedures are probably not as common. But people definitely worry about how straight their teeth are.
A fair majority of people have had, are wearing, or are planning to get braces in order to straighten their teeth. This is often a painful, long, and somewhat pricey process that people line up themselves and their kids for. This is not a negative view on cosmetic dentistry, because having nice teeth does give people confidence. People feel better about talking in an interview, laughing with friends, and smiling at strangers when their teeth look nice.
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