Dakota Johnson was recently spotted without one of her trademark accessories. The gap in her front teeth mysteriously disappeared, prompting fans to wonder why the Fifty Shades of Gray actress would mess with her famous smile.
Now, Dakota is setting the record straight!
To be fair, the gap in Dakota’s front teeth wasn’t huge. We’re not talking Lauren Hutton territory. But when it suddenly disappeared, people were SHOOK. Twitter was filled with people mourning the loss of the gap or wondering why the actress would suddenly decide to “fix” it.
The gap was part of the actress’s charm, a little imperfection that made her seem more relatable and to stand out from a sea of other starlets. In 2017, she even made a cute video for Vanity Fair where she stuck things in the space between her teeth, including a credit card. So why would she change one of her trademark features?
As it turns out, the missing gap wasn’t her choice. She chatted with Jimmy Fallon about it on August 7 and set the record straight.
“First of all, the fact that this is a newsworthy event in our world right now is pretty sha-ka-khan to me,” Dakota quipped. But people were talking, and she felt the need to explain.
“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 it would be a good idea to take it off and see if my jaw sort of expanded,” Dakota told Jimmy.
She said that the headlines were really stressing her out, and she’s just as heartbroken as her fans. The gap closed on its own, not because she wanted it gone.
Once you start looking for celebrities with gaps in their teeth, you see them everywhere! True Blood star Anna Paquin has a massive canyon between her front teeth. Madonna’s gap is more subtle–similar to the one that Dakota used to have. Michael Strahan, bless him, could fit an extra tooth in his gapped smile.
Coincidentally, Dakota’s off-again, on-again boyfriend Chris Martin has a slight gap in his front teeth, too! Dakota and Chris are officially back together after a break. His ex-wife, Gwyneth Paltrow, is taking all the credit for encouraging them to get back together.