A Marcel Wave and Malocclusion

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This photobooth pair look like a very happy couple. This gent has the broadest of broad smiles and a fashionable dress sense. With marcel waves in her hair and prominent front teeth, his young lady would not be considered a beauty, but the smile on his face suggests she has a spark that we, as distant observers, may not be able to see.

Without the benefit of modern orthodontic techniques, I too, would have this same problem with upper palate over-crowding. It is interesting to note that in a person deemed attractive, this dental phenomenon is termed an “overbite”. Those deemed less visually appealing, get the pejorative label of “buck teeth”. The correct dental term is, I believe, malocclusion.

There is a Pinterest board for sexy women with overbites, nearly all actresses who’ve long disappeared from our screens, Alan Alda’s character, Hawkeye, in the third season of the TV series M*A*S*H whistfully mentions Gene Tierney’s overbite as sexy but I doubt we will see anymore thespians with this appealing, characteristic given the universal propensity towards conformity through cosmetic dentistry.

This Germany booth pic is dated September 1935.

11 comments
  1. indeed, nothing a good set of braces wouldn’t fix!! I love a space between the front teeth myself!! Great photobooth shot!

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  2. I love pictures of happy couples, and this is certainly a nice example. When souls find each other is a beautiful thing indeed!

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  3. What a lovely image! It is true that some 40-50 years ago the dental defects wouldn’t matter as much as they do now. People were missing teeth and it was not a big deal. I am glad for the progress, of course, but there is something more than a mere physical attractiveness that makes two people happy and beautiful in each other eyes.

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  4. Nothing short of stunning. The sheer joy! I so love this picture that i have saved a copy in the very very best of the web folder…

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