It’s easy to look at gorgeous celebrities and just assume they were born looking flawless. Surely they must just have good genes, right?
Wrong. The beautiful famous faces you see on the red carpet were not always quite so perfect. The fact is that once upon a time, most celebrities were just normally good looking people. Through the help of professional stylists and investments in their appearance and health, however, they’ve come to look the way they do now.
The Science of a Smile
When celebrities start getting the Hollywood makeovers, many turn first to their smiles. In several cases, the improvements they make are incredibly transformative. The power of a beautiful smile is not only evident in these famous pearly whites, but in the results of many scientific studies.
For example, a Match.com study showed that both men and women consider teeth to be the most important part of judging a date’s appearance. So, if you’re looking for love, an improvement to your smile could be an easy way to up your chances.
An attractive, healthy smile has also been proven to be a significant factor in the professional world, for both hiring and promotion. One study done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry showed that people automatically make more positive assumptions about others if they have more attractive smiles.
When the study subjects saw people without cosmetic dental flaws, they assumed that they were more professionally successful, intelligent and kind – all qualities that will help you get ahead in the workplace and the world at large.
So, it’s not just celebrities who benefit from having a stunning set of teeth. Regular people who want to improve their health and appearance often choose to start with their smile. But for a bit of inspiration, let’s take a look at a few stars who have had successful mouth makeovers over the years.
1. Tom Cruise
The world famous heartthrob may have been born with a magnetic smile, but he certainly wasn’t born with perfect teeth. That fact is pretty clear if you look at some of his earlier films, like The Outsiders, in which it’s painfully obvious that Tom had never set foot in an orthodontist’s office.
The story goes that he was inspired to take action while taking his own kids to have their smiles corrected. As you can see, he braved wearing braces for a while and now his straight smile absolutely lights up his face and highlights his handsome looks.
2. Miley Cyrus
The artist formerly known as Hannah Montana has always been beautiful, even as a young pre-teen on the Disney Channel. But her teeth were very small and looked disproportionate for her face. The professional whitening and porcelain veneers she got, however, make her teeth look much more balanced with her wide smile. They also helped to make her young, cutesy appearance a bit more grownup.
Veneers of any kind are a great option if you want to give your teeth a more even appearance. But porcelain has the distinct advantage of being extremely durable, resistant to stain and lasting. When they’re done well, a set of porcelain veneers can last up to 10 years.
The Queen of Pop was long known for her signature imperfect smile and the gap between her two front teeth. For many years, she didn’t do much to address the flaws. And was public about her love of her gap. But it’s clear now that she’s had some cosmetic dental work done as her diastema (the medical term for a gap) has been closed.
Some people don’t mind keeping their natural dental imperfections, but significant gaps between your teeth can make maintaining good oral hygiene a bit of a challenge. You can always seek orthodontic treatments to better align your teeth. Or, as Madonna did, you can use veneers that are slightly larger than your natural teeth, which results in a closing of the small gaps between teeth.
4. Victoria Beckham
We may think that Posh Spice’s signature closed-lip pout is just a part of her cool image, but actually she formed the habit in an attempt to hide teeth that she didn’t like. Like many people, Victoria’s teeth were slightly misaligned and stained yellow.
As her clothing brand and famous husband put an even greater spotlight on her, she finally decided to address her smile, opting for both whitening and veneers. If you see a progression of photos of Mrs. Beckham, it’s clear that her dental makeup improved her confidence as well as her appearance – she now smiles bigger and isn’t ashamed of showing off her pearly whites.
5. Kirsten Dunst
Girl-next-door Dunst has always been beautiful – many fans were first introduced to her in Interview with a Vampire, where her crooked canine teeth only heightened her vampire image. The rest of her teeth were fairly straight, but the teeth on either side of her two front teeth were so dramatically misaligned that they protruded out of her mouth and looked a little like fangs.
Though Kirsten was famous for saying how much she loved her “snaggle teeth,” she must have become less attached to them when she turned 30 and had a bit of orthodontic work done. The small change makes a big difference in her sophisticated smile. And now when people admire her beauty, they’re no longer distracted by crooked teeth.
One of the biggest benefits of addressing cosmetic dental issues is the boost to your self-confidence. Regardless of how your teeth look, you can only really be at your best when you feel great about how you look. As you well know now, even the most stunning stars once had dental flaws that they didn’t like. So, instead of hiding your smile or worrying about what others think, take a page out of these celebrities’ books and make a change.