Great Smile Predicts Red Carpet Winner

Annual Survey by American College of Prosthodontists Foresaw Winner in '03 -

Again in '04?

Feb 23, 2004, 00:00 ET from American College of Prosthodontists

    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 .  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.

SOURCE American College of Prosthodontists