Dakota Johnson was “really sad” to see her signature tooth gap close up after she had a retainer removed.
The Fifty Shades of Grey actress is known for having a small space between her upper two front teeth, and in a video for Vanity Fair in 2017, even demonstrated how she could put various objects into the gap, including toothpicks, a credit card, a cherry stem, a twig, and cash.
However, following Dakota’s appearance at The Peanut Butter Falcon premiere in Hollywood last Thursday night, eagle-eyed fans noticed that it looked like she had the gap closed entirely, and during an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, she spoke about the recent changes to her smile.
“I had a permanent retainer since I was like, 13, and it was just glued to the back of my teeth, and I was having a lot of neck problems recently so my orthodontist, she decided that it would be a good idea to take it off and see if my jaw sort of expanded,” she said. “It helped me, and my gap closed by itself. I’m really sad about it too.”
Dakota went on to insinuate that she hadn’t undergone any dramatic dental work, insisting that her tooth gap closed on its own.
“As you grow, as a human being, your skull expands, and your jaw and your teeth move. Your teeth don’t look like they did when you were a baby,” the 29-year-old smiled, before adding jokingly: “I’m sad about my gap tooth too. So, I’d really appreciate some privacy in this time. I have to deal with a whole new world of problems – getting food stuck in my tooth. Before it would just slide right through!”
To conclude the chat, host Jimmy asked Dakota if she would consider getting the tooth gap back.
“Yeah, but it’s gonna come back,” she replied. “Yeah, (I can get) other retainers. The world of dentistry is so advanced.”
While it is possible Dakota’s tooth gap closed on its own, Dr. Nina Bal, a London-based cosmetic dental surgeon and facial aesthetics expert, isn’t entirely convinced that the star hasn’t had some recent dental work done.
“Anything is possible but (it’s) very, very unlikely that the gap can close so perfectly itself, plus it makes no sense that a retainer was placed with a gap in between the teeth,” she commented. “Normally, it’s placed at the end of the orthodontic treatment once teeth are straight.”