There’s an old cliche that British people have bad teeth, and while stereotypes are bad in general, we would like to talk about one British person’s bad teeth in particular. In this case, the teeth of one David Bowie.
Two months ago, artist Jessine Hein hand made a bizarre sculpture of David Bowie’s natural teeth. The lovingly made denture resembles a mold that you would have made before an orthodontist procedure, except these dentures have been colored to resemble the real thing. This January, Hein posted a new photo set featuring the limited edition sculpture.
David Bowie was born with teeth that were, let’s say, complicated. While he now has pearly whites thanks to cosmetic dentistry, some fans miss his old crooked smile. For fans who really miss that old smile, Hein has 20 sets of the denture sculptures available for sale, described thusly, “Hand-sculpted recreation of David Bowie’s natural teeth. Material: Denture acrylics, plaster, acrylic paint.”
The painter and sculptor added, “Bowies teeth were like everything else about him: different! Not the aesthetic norm, not perfect, but they were strikingly beautiful in the context of his whimsical and miraculous being. His smile revealed an imperfection that made him seem more real, more human, something to identify with even.”
Although only Bowie’s official dentists know for certain, most people agree that it appears as if Bowie has upgraded his famous smile with veneers or dental implants. The cosmetic dentist procedures are hugely popular both in the U.S. and Bowie’s native England, where they can help people feel more confident about their smile.
In the U.S., at least three million Americans already have dental implants, with 500,000 more implanted each year. Across the western world, adults and children alike are signing up for these dental procedures, as well as other cosmetic dentist treatments like dentures, Invisalign, braces, and more.