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Or the use of teeth in fiction.
Most of the time, you get Hollywood Teeth- everybody has lovely straight pearly whites, even where this is unlikely (more on the lack of orthodontics front than access to sweets).
This is occasionally subverted for realism's sake: in the Broadway version of Les Misérables, the characters have horrible teeth, which makes sense since most of them are, well, poor.
However, teeth can have other connotations.
- Missing teeth can be seen on roguish or villainous sort of characters, like Fagin.
- Or, conversely, on cute little kids who are losing their baby teeth.
- Or as a comedic effect.
- Vampireth have fangth.
- Someone's teeth may shatter in a cartoon situation.
- British Teeth - Yellowing, busted piano keys may best describe the teeth of the British if this trope is to be believed.
- Yellow Peril: Villainous Asians have crooked teeth.
- Cute Little Fangs may express a character's hyperactivity.
Toothy Tropes and Idioms:
This is a Super-Trope to all other tooth-related tropes; please put all examples on the relevant subtropes' pages.