A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Identifies reasons for bad teeth, feelings about living with them.
Positive Role Models
Dentists and families are supportive.
Violence & Scariness
Infected gums, broken teeth, needles, bloody dental procedures. Severe accidents described.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Folks afraid of dating, relationships due to their teeth.
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Products & Purchases
The show gives the dentists involved free publicity.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking shown; drug addiction discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Smile is a reality show featuring people getting their bad teeth repaired and restored for free and showing how this helps their self-esteem. It's positive, but sensitive viewers may find it hard to look at the images of swollen, infected gums and bloody dental procedures. Treatment plan descriptions also may make them a bit queasy. Dating, accidents, and addiction are discussed, and on occasion there's some drinking (beer).
Is It Any Good?
This positive and informative makeover series allows viewers to see the physical and emotional transformations that result from having a nice smile. It also highlights some of the causes of bad teeth, which range from genetic disorders to decay caused by the extensive use of drugs due to medical treatments and/or addiction. The inability to afford good dental care also is underscored as a major factor.
Granted, the images of rotting teeth and bloody dental procedures aren't easy to watch. Viewers also may feel frustrated when they learn more about the actual cost of these life-changing treatments, which can add up to a whopping $80,000, even if they address serious medical concerns. You can't help but feel happy for the folks featured here, and the show will encourage you to take better care of your own mouth.
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