How the Teeth in the Pirates of the Caribbean Films Help Bring Realism On Screen


By Dr. Iman Sadri

June 16, 2017

The Pirates of the Caribbean features a bevy of visual spectacles, one reason why the franchise gives value to the theater-goer. The attention to detail also help keep drawing audiences to the Pirates films. The vividness of the imagery is apparent in each scene. A most notable of which is its makeup. The character’s teeth and gums help gives them further realism on screen.

The Pirates of the Caribbean Smile of Captain Barbossa played by Geoffery Rush (Image Credit Disney)

Several different dentists have worked on the set of the Pirates films. Most recently of which have been Dr. David Keen and Dr. Rick Glassman. Out currently in theaters is Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

The stained teeth of Shansa by Golshifteh Farahani, in Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales ( Image Credit)

The bright Hollywood Smiles of the Keira Knightley and Brenton Thwaites in comparison the diseased and decayed teeth and gums of the characters Scrum and Captain Barbossa show the discrepancy in oral health among the characters.

The teeth in the Pirate films give authenticity to the characters (Image Credit Disney)

Jack Sparrow’s smile has to keep up with Johnny Depp’s evolving Hollywood Smile. In Dead Men Tell No Tales Javier Bardem’s Captain Salazar sees his impeccable smile get ravaged when he becomes a living ghost

Jack Sparrow has to keep up with Johnny Depp’s Hollywood Smile ( Image Credit Disney)

As Dr. Seuss once said “Teeth are always in style.” When it comes to the Pirates of the Caribbean films teeth also help bring substance to the style.

Dr. Iman Sadri is the founder of @HollywoodSmileTV