Elliott Yamin received $50,000 worth of free dental work

Elliott Yamin has a new mouth: After “$50,000 worth of porcelain veneers and other dental work, and 20 sometimes-painful hours in the dentist’s chair to fix his crossbite,” the American Idol 5 finalist no longer has his trademark twisted teeth.

He didn’t get the procedure done to attract the attention of women. In fact, his model girlfriend Jaime Paetz told People that she actually prefers the old smile. “He loves to laugh, he loves to smile. I liked his old teeth, but if (the veneers) make him happy, then I’m happy,” she said.

The Beverly Hills dentist who did the procedure for free says that the changes will also affect his singing. “It is going to help muscle function, it is going to increase the volume (of his voice) maybe. So if anything, he could become an even better singer,” Dr. David Frey said. Emphasis on the “maybe” and the “isn’t Dr. David Frey an altruist.”

For his part, Elliott says, “The bottom line was, I was long overdue for a dentist appointment,” and tells People that he wanted to “express my emotions better” when he sang.

Elliott recently released a Christmas single on AOL (“The Christmas” is a cover of the Donny Hathaway song), and his manager tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that “a Feb. 14 target date has been set for an album release.”

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