thanks for the comments everyone.
ok, last update for realz!
here he is with a quick pass of brown to the teeth and sharpened up a bit. The blurring around the edges was indeed intentional, as it was done with a zdepth pass. Thought it might look cool, but was unsure so I'm glad I found the majority here doesn't like that so much. I was on the fence with it myself.
dudealan2001: yea, I'm familiar with the highpass filter, I just haven't found an actual reason to use it over the unsharp mask. I understand its a bit less destructive, but since you typically flatten the image and sharpen on the top most layer, it doesn't seem to matter if you are working destructive or not. In the end you get the same result, or possibly I am missing something?