Far from sporting the perfect pearly whites Hollywood and magazine covers are accustomed to, these individuals have been dubbed as “celebs with the worst teeth.” However, they chose to challenge the beauty norms of an industry fixated on perfection by embracing their natural looks, and it’s insanely refreshing.
Once you’re under the lights of the celebrity life, your every move is heavily scrutinized. From their performances to their appearances, nothing is left undiscussed. Some celebrities caused a storm when they flashed their smiles for the first time, as they revealed their unusual teeth to the world.
Here are 15 celebs who chose to keep their crooked, gapped, gold or yellow teeth as a badge of pride and distinction:
15.) Vanessa Paradis
The multi-talented French star Vanessa Paradis has become well-known for her gap-toothed teeth. Does she bother worrying about it? Absolutely not.
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she proudly stated, “Why would I fix them? I was born with them,” before jokingly adding: “I can spit water through them, they’re useful!”
The fact that she lives in France rather than in the States also makes it easier to resist the pressure. Indeed, in the Hexagone, teeth like Paradis’ are known as “les dents du bonheur,” or “lucky teeth.” We’re stealing the concept!
14.) Mike Tyson
The former professional boxer has reigned as an undisputed world heavyweight champion and will knock down any criticism over it.
His gap-toothed smile was one of his signature looks until he lost one of his front teeth. Did he lose it during one of his matches? Nope! The accident happened out of the ring, after being head-butted by his pet tiger.
Mike Tyson then had a gold tooth replace the former one, plus one additional crazy story to share.
13.) Anthony Davis
Even sportsmen haven’t been spared by the beauty standards police. After calling out the unibrow of Anthony Davis, many lashed at the bottom teeth of this New Orleans Pelicans player.
Let’s not forget that this five-time NBA All-Star has risen to fame by shooting basketballs, not covers of teeth magazines.
12.) Steve Buscemi
We want to have the confidence (and talent and success) of Steve Buscemi. The actor, comedian and director considers his distinctive teeth an asset, rather than a beauty faux-pas that needs fixing.
Some dentists wanted to help him out, but he refused, claiming: “You know, I won’t work again if you fix my teeth.” Oh, Buscemi, we will love you no matter what set of teeth you have!
11.) Michael Strahan
Michael Straham is yet another celeb who fully embraced his gap-toothed grin. However, coming to terms with his teeth wasn’t easy for the former football player.
He shared in an interview with Elle magazine: “I was really close to closing it up,” before adding, “There’s so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix everything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say, ‘This is who I am.’ I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect.”
Amen, Michael, amen!
10.) Ricky Gervais
The man behind the original The Office in the U.K. is one of the most opinionated comedians out there, and you bet he doesn’t care what others think about him.
As a comedian, actor and singer, he’s constantly smiling for the cameras and the crowds, proudly showing his sharp canines and crooked teeth.
Can you expect an acclaimed comedian with lots of self-deprecating jokes to be pissed by the remarks of the public? Not really, and we applaud him for it.
9.) Willem Dafoe
What would you do if an entire industry kept on shunning you for having gaped teeth? Cave in or do something about it? Willem Dafoe certainly chose the latter option, as he decided to act in Mind the Gap, a movie celebrating his wide teeth.
As his father used to tell him: “Son, your teeth are air-cooled.”
8.) Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley’s teeth aren’t the first thing you notice about her. Her uneven upper teeth don’t get noticed much since she usually faces the cameras with a closed-mouth smile.
She admits that it was quite unusual that she was accepted into Hollywood with her wonky teeth. However, we say that the latter are one of the features that make her so lovable on screen!
7.) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin found fame in a show that’s, fundamentally, all about teeth, but ironically, the True Blood actress is one of today’s celebs that have been dubbed as having the worst teeth. Paquin has a wide gap between her teeth, and she doesn’t care what others think about it.
In an interview with Zooey, the award-winning actress states: “Interestingly enough, I don’t really care about my teeth […] I also know as an actress you are more limited if you interfere with your looks.”
If you ask her about her teeth, she won’t hesitate to bite back, as she adds in an interview with Us Weekly, “I find it rude when someone asks me why I never ‘fixed’ the gap in my teeth!”
6.) Woody Harrelson
Actor Woody Harrelson has small, somewhat yellowed and gapped teeth and refuses to fix them.
The War for the Planet star was well-known for being a heavy pot consumer but shared in Jimmy Kimmel Live that he quit smoking weed last year.
5.) Jeremy Clarkson
Everyone can vividly remember British presenter and journalist Jeremy Clarkson with his witty comebacks in Grand Tour. Despite being in front of the cameras all the time, he doesn’t mind his yellowed and crooked teeth and is pretty straight-forward about them.
In describing his new Amazon Prime show, he says, “It really is three men with bad teeth and hangovers.”
4.) Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen joined the golden teeth club with a less flashy setting. The Two and a Half Men actor rocked a gold tooth back in 2010 and had no problem with it.
However, he was obliged to cover it up while filming the TV show. As he said, “I don’t care. It’s the other people that have the problem with it.”
Jewel doesn’t want the cookie-cutter smile that Hollywood stars are after, and she won’t hesitate to go hard after anyone who criticizes her teeth.
One time a DJ introduced her as “a snaggle-toothed singer from Alaska,” to which she instantly replied: “You must be the small-penised man from South Carolina I’ve heard so much about.” Ouch!
The famous singer-songwriter is one beautiful lady, and she won’t let anyone tell her otherwise.
To say the least, Madonna’s new pimped out teeth didn’t go unnoticed. After she flashed her shining gold grills at the Grammys four years ago, everyone was asking why she would go for such a straight-forward fashion statement. And she gave the answer no one was expecting: “Yeah, I’m grillin’,” she said. “It pisses everybody off when I wear my grill, so that’s why I wear it.”
The pop culture icon also has a small gap between her teeth that she flatly refuses to “fix.”
Widely successful singer and songwriter Seal tops our list of “celebs with the worst teeth”. He has cutesy crooked and wide-gapped teeth, and it adds a dash of lovability to his face.
Other than his heavenly voice, his teeth could be one of the unique charms that attracted supermodels Erica Packer and Heidi Klum to date him in the past!
What do you think of these celebs with the worst teeth? Do you know any others who have embraced their unique teeth? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to check out these hot older celebs who look as young as 30!