It’s not much fun to compare yourself to a celebrity. These professional “beautiful people” seem to be effortlessly attractive, fit, and stylish — a combination that the average person struggles to hit. But despite the appearance of ease, celebrities are actually doing a lot of work to appear that way, whether that means hiring a personal trainer, going to an expensive salon, or even getting plastic surgery.
While those things are out of reach for many of us, there’s one avenue in which we can measure up to celebrity beauty: Our teeth. Cosmetic dentistry may have once been the realm of the elite, but now orthodontics, whitening, and other cosmetic procedures are within the grasp of people without IMDB profiles!
But what procedures are Hollywood stars undergoing to achieve those gleaming, red carpet grins?
Brushing Up a Healthy Smile
Some people are lucky enough to naturally have great teeth. For those people, a celebrity smile could be just a few easy steps away. Here are some of the hallmarks of a Hollywood smile:
- White teeth — Some teeth would be perfect if they were just a little less discolored. For those people, a professional teeth whitening treatment is the perfect touch to take your teeth from a nine to a ten. Dr. Meghan Hodges can offer an effective in-office treatment, as well as take-home whitening kits in case you want to go the extra mile.
- Straight teeth — Even the most beautiful teeth won’t look silver screen-ready if they’re crooked. Luckily, straightening no longer requires two to three years of having a mouth full of metal. Invisalign is a subtle, affordable, and efficient way to straighten your teeth without disrupting your lifestyle.
- No dark fillings — If you have old silver fillings, those dark spots can distract from your smile. Getting them replaced with tooth-colored fillings, made from a durable and attractive composite resin or ceramic, can instantly brighten your smile.
Some people are lucky enough to just need a few touch-ups to perfect their smiles! But for the rest of us, a full smile makeover may be a better choice.
Creating A Brand New Smile
When you see the before-and-afters in gossip rags showing a celebrity whose smile has completely transformed overnight, the most likely culprit is porcelain veneers. This process involves covering a discolored, poorly shaped, or damaged tooth with a wafer-thin sheet of durable dental ceramic, creating a new facade for the entire tooth (or teeth — some people get a whole set of veneers). Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s dentist confirms that springing for veneers can get you the Hollywood smile of your dreams, and stars like Hilary Duff, Demi Moore, and George Clooney are living proof.