Although performance venues are shut down along with many other public gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic, musicians continue to work on creating and releasing new music. Pop diva Katy Perry just dropped the title track from her upcoming album Smile

This is an album dedicated to “finding the light at the end of the tunnel,” and the title track encapsulates that into the metaphor of getting your smile back. It’s an inspiring take on recapturing your joy, and it shows us why cosmetic dentistry is so powerful because it can literally give people their smile back. 

closeup of a woman's smile

A Video Focused on Smiles

The song “Smile” is about coming through heartbreaks to find joy. Lines like 

Every tear has been a lesson

Rejection can be God’s protection

Long hard road to get that redemption

But no shortcuts to a blessin’

Show just how much the song focuses on the process of suffering that can lead to achievement. This then sets up the chorus, which talks about getting back her smile as a metaphor for finding blessings and ultimately happiness. 

But while the song focuses on the smile metaphorically, the video is literally saturated with images of smiles. Unlike the sad clown on the album cover, Perry plays a very happy clown in the performance video, grinning and dancing around with a mostly virtual backdrop. She goes from sitting on a smiley-faced chair to sitting on her own cosmetically crafted smile. Later she spends time brushing the teeth of some chattering dentures

The entire video calls attention to the importance of having a beautiful smile. 

Perry Focuses on Smiles

This new video is not the first time that Perry has shown how important her smile is to her. One of her biggest hits, “Last Friday Night,” featured a character that Perry dubbed “Kathy Beth Terry”. This alter ego is a much less attractive version of herself. The main change? Perry covers her beautiful smile with braces, including an outrageous set of old-fashioned headgear. 

For years, Perry confessed that she wouldn’t get braces because she felt they were too disruptive, although she didn’t realize how much easier braces are today than in the past thanks to treatments like Invisalign

Perry has also worn a number of pieces of tooth jewelry, including a Nike swoop and her current jewel. 

Ironically, when they don’t focus on smiles, her videos prominently feature sugary sweets, as in her videos for “Happy Birthday” and “California Gurls.”. But perhaps that’s why she modeled toothbrushing in her new video. 

Are You Looking to Get Your Literal Smile Back?

Perry focuses on a smile as a metaphor for feeling happy. However, we know that there are many people who just don’t feel comfortable sharing their smile, no matter how happy they might feel. If unattractive teeth make you reluctant to smile, we can help with a smile makeover.

Then you can literally sing along with Perry as she says, “Used to be dull / Now I sparkle.” To learn more about how cosmetic dentistry can give you your smile back in Columbia, SC, please call (803) 781-9090 today for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Adam Hahn at Smile Columbia Dentistry.