Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I have no problem with tooth-whitening products and I think a nice crisp smile is a thing to admire. I'm a believer in hygiene and healthy mouths and I have no problem with people doing some work to make theirs whiter and brighter. But just like plastic surgery, some people become addicted to the whole thing and go totally overboard to the point they no longer look "normal".
I seem to think we've become a bit obsessed in our society with perfection - perfect faces, perfect smiles, and perfect bodies. At some point we'll all look alike and those wonderful little differences that give us our character will disappear. It reminds me of an episode of "The Twilight Zone" where a girl who'd just had plastic surgery and had the bandages taken off was horrified at what she saw because the surgery hadn't worked. She was a beautiful girl. But all the doctors and nurses around her were hideously ugly and she wanted to look like them.
It's a strange world out there. Rod Sterling would surely be amused.