CHICAGO, Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Last year, Americans voted on their favorite smiles among the Best Actress nominees. Nicole Kidman was the winner, and was subsequently crowned Best Actress. Will the second annual survey by the American College of Prosthodontists have the same prophetic power this year? The big winner of this year's accolade: Charlize Theron, who was America's pick as the nominee with the best smile (in real life, not as her character in Monster). The survey was conducted by Impulse Research on behalf of the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), the national association of dental specialists who are experts in creating beautiful, healthy smiles by restoring both the form and the function of teeth. Prosthodontists undergo more schooling and training than general dentists, and specialize in procedures ranging from tooth whitening to dental implants. The survey polled more than 1,500 people nationwide to find what people admire and want in a smile. Forty-four percent of survey participants voted Theron as having the best smile. Runners-up were Diane Keaton (35 percent) and Naomi Watts (12 percent), while Keisha Castle-Hughes (five percent) and Samantha Morton (three percent) ranked lower on the smile scale. Although Theron was unavailable for comment at press time, Dr. David Eggleston, a prosthodontist who practices in the Los Angeles area, congratulated the winner for her healthy-looking smile. "A smile is a great source of self-esteem, but shouldn't be fake looking, with super-white teeth lined up like Chiclets," said Eggleston. "The prosthodontist, as a dental specialist, can help anyone get a beautiful, natural looking smile that not only looks good but can actually improve the health of the mouth." The survey also asked Americans about what defines a Hollywood-caliber smile: 86 percent of survey participants said attractive and healthy-looking teeth. To get their own healthy smile, 66 percent said they would be more likely to have an esthetic procedure if it affected the overall health of their mouth, 25 percent weren't sure, and 9 percent would say "no" to an esthetic procedure. To locate a prosthodontist in a particular area or learn more about esthetic procedures, please visit www.findaprosthodontist.com . The ACP is dedicated to improving the quality of patient's lives through the advancement of prosthodontics. With a diverse membership across the United States, prosthodontists provide the highest level of specialist dental care, creating generations of beautiful, healthy smiles. The American College of Prosthodontists is the national professional association representing one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists are experts in implant, esthetic and reconstructive dentistry. Founded in 1970, the ACP is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing patient care, advancing the art and science of Prosthodontics, promoting the health benefits of Prosthodontics to the public and other healthcare professionals, ensuring the quality of Prosthodontic education and providing professional services to its membership.
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