FYI, she's just as sad about her closed tooth gap as her fans.

By Faith Brar
August 08, 2019
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One thing that makes Dakota Johnson super recognizable is the endearing, Madonna-esque gap between her two front teeth. So it comes as no surprise that fans nearly lost it when recent photos of the 50 Shades actress showed that her tooth gap had suddenly disappeared.

Of course, many people assumed that the star had had some dental work done to close the gap. It didn't take long for them to share their ~opinions~ on Twitter.

"Logged on to find out that Dakota Johnson, the only person who should have a gap in their teeth, got rid of hers... please Venmo me during this difficult time," wrote one person.

"RIP Dakota Johnson’s gap tooth. Gone but not forgotten," said another.

Johnson, being the candid person she is, decided to address "gap gate" with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

"Well, first of all, the fact that this is a newsworthy event in our world right now is pretty Chaka Khan to me," she joked before assuring fans that her closed gap had nothing to do with her being insecure about her teeth.

"I had a permanent retainer since I was like 13 and it was glued to the back of my teeth," she said. "I was having a lot of neck problems recently, so my orthodontist, she decided it was a good idea to take it off and see if my jaw sort of expanded. And it helped me, and my gap closed by itself." (Related: 5 Ways Your Teeth Can Impact Your Health)

ICYDK, it's not uncommon for neck pain to be related to the jaw. See, there's a whole system of muscles, bones, and joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. If these structures aren't aligned the way that they should be, it can cause a number of different issues, including facial pain, headaches, earaches, and yes, neck discomfort (among other symptoms), according to the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Turns out, Johnson isn't exactly thrilled about this unexpected change in her appearance. "I'm really sad about it, too, so I'd really appreciate some privacy," she said, half-kidding.

She also joked that her closed gap has caused her to deal with "a whole new world of problems," like getting food stuck in her teeth. "Before, it would just slide right through," she said. (Related: How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth)

The good news: Johnson is almost sure the gap is going to come back after she starts using different retainers that won't cause her neck pain. "The world of dentistry is so advanced," she told Fallon. "We're going to do it in a really holistic kind of way."

So there you go—mystery solved. We can all rest easy knowing that while Johnson's tooth gap is gone, it may possibly return.

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