We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In America, most people want to look good and to feel good. It's not narcissism so much as it is a cultural standard and a cultural expectation. Nobody likes to look in the mirror nude and think "I look like a mess," or to go on an adventure and feel tired.
It seems to me that decent, spirited people always aspire to improve their souls, their brains and knowledge, their fitness, their appearance, their skills, their morals, their relationships, etc. etc. Giving up is not cool and shows no respect for God's gifts - and surely nobody wants their teeth to indicate that they might be from England or Bosnia.
I'm happy to pay for 'perfect' teeth. My overbite was so bad as a kid I would've ended up losing my front teeth over time. Is that what we want?
I don't think it has to do with 'non crooked' teeth so much as reducing tooth loss over your lifetime and avoiding jaw and gum problems associated with an incorrect bite.
My daughter needed an appliance to extend her jaw. I cried the day they put the appliance on her because it instantly made her look 'normal.' Before, she was all teeth and had a very receding jaw. Sorry, but I'm 100% behind orthdontia. And it has nothing to do with looking like I come from a first world country.
"Amateur orthodontists (including a 24-year-old former design student) are attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to their YouTube videos that instruct viewers how to close teeth gaps using $5 elastic bands."
I had a large gap in my front teeth (though they are straight) and I basically pushed them together (i believe) manually myself. No one ever recommended to my parents to braces on them.
Sometimes gaps in teeth are a passing fad in modeling and acting depending upon who is famous at the moment.