Whether it’s Julia Roberts or Bradley Cooper, Hollywood is full of perfect, white smiles. Luckily, you don’t need to be an Oscar-winning actor to work on your million-dollar smile. Tooth whitening, Invisalign braces and porcelain veneers are all popular ways of improving your smile through cosmetic dentistry.
Want a few easy tips? Tannin-rich products like coffee, tea, chocolate and red wine stain your teeth. Be careful if you’re consuming these items after your whitening treatment. Whitening treatments usually last for 12 months. To maintain your Hollywood smile after your treatments, drink plenty of water, eat raw fruit and use special products that keep teeth white after treatment.
One final takeaway tip: apply opal or white cream illuminator at the curve of your upper lip. Check out the top 10 celebrity smiles for some ideas on how you can get a Hollywood smile.
10. Zac Efron
If you remember his first days, he used to have wonky teeth with a gap in the front. But now, Zac Efron is sporting a perfect smile thanks to a set of veneers. You don’t have to be Zac Efron to want to have your gapped teeth fixed. Fixing gapped teeth has become more common with porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding and orthodontics. Teeth whitening is also in order to brighten up a smile and provide a more grown-up, celebrity look.
9. Matthew McConaughey
You may not always choose McConaughey as the perfect Hollywood smile, but he has a great natural look. Like many other celebrities, McConaughey is stepping away from bright white false looking smiles. Dr. Marc Lowenberg, DDS, of Lowenberg & Lituchy in New York City points out that “McConaughey has perfectly imperfect teeth with a broad smile that exhibits irregularities in tooth position and size, but somehow, all together, it works on his face.” He has a very strong, masculine smile that Lowenberg says can be attributed to the proportion of each individual tooth as well as the overall prominence of his teeth.
8. Bradley Cooper
People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive certainly has a lot going for him. As well as having aligned teeth, he has bright white teeth. You may have heard about Zoom! and Rembrandt – your dentist may even offer these services. Chair side bleaching may require more than one office visit, each one taking from 30 minutes to an hour. The process can whiten teeth by as many as 10 shades. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light is used to activate the gel.
7. Tom Cruise
If your teeth are slightly crooked or alignment still off after childhood dental braces, consider Invisalign. Tom Cruise was rumored to have this procedure. While no one can tell that you’re wearing them, it does take awhile for progress. It’s rumored that his dental work cost more than $30,000. From alignment to whitening, Cruise definitely got his money’s worth.
6. Natalie Portman
She is effortlessly beautiful and her teeth definitely help her look like a movie star. Although she may have had whitening and straightening, her overall look is very natural. Even with a few imperfections with her smile, she looks absolutely adorable.
5. Padma Lakshmi
She definitely cooks up fantastic cuisine on Top Chef, but it took some time to get there. Jeff Golub-Evans, DDS, of the New York Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and one of the premier smile design artists in the country, designed Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s smile almost 20 years ago. Golub-Evans manipulated the shape and position of her teeth to perfect a classic smile. Have you ever heard the phrase, “healthy mouth, healthy you?” The saying still rings true today. A healthy mouth and healthy body work in coexistence. Taking care of your teeth and gums has more benefits than meets the eyes. If you’re struggling with crooked or discolored teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile. If you’re sporting a healthy smile, you will be showing people that you are confident and joyful.
4. Hilary Duff
Her smile may have started off all wrong, but things really worked out. Back in 2005, Duff chipped her tooth on a microphone and got her first set of veneers. If you remember, they were huge. She faced a lot of bad publicity about having veneers that were too big for her. In 2008, she got a second set of veneers that reduced the length of her incisors. Now, her smile fits her mouth (and face) perfectly.
3. Hilary Swank
Well, she may not love her smile, but America (and dentists) love it. Oscar winner Hilary Swank has a set of teeth that is natural and just about perfect in shape. You can obtain her pearly whites at home with some whitening toothpaste or strips. Various whitening treatments have also helped to make Hilary Duff’s teeth look completely perfect.
2. Julianna Margulies
Whether she was saving lives on ER or putting on her legal hat in The Good Wife, she’s got an all-American smile. She has been able to maintain a healthy and engaging smile. Lowenberg says “she has a wide arch and all of her upper teeth are perfectly and naturally aligned. Additionally, the shape of each tooth is rounded, as opposed to being squared off, which gives a softer, more youthful look.”
1. Julia Roberts
You may think the Pretty Woman was just born this way, but even she has improved her grin. According to Thomas Connelly, DDS, New York City-based cosmetic dentist, Roberts enhanced her grin with veneers that straightened, elongated and evened out her teeth. Veneers are a great, but expensive way of correcting imperfections while resembling your natural teeth.
Guest blogger Jennifer Vishnevsky is a writer for Top Dentists, an Everyday Health website, as well as other lifestyle media sites.