Maybe They’re Born with it, Maybe its Dental Reconstruction
Most movie stars are known for having movie star smiles. In some cases, they weren’t naturally endowed with the perfect smile, but had some reconstruction done. Tom Cruise, for example, had far from the perfect smile when he appeared in The Outsiders back in 1983. Somewhere between then and Top Gun in 1986, Cruise’s two front teeth became much straighter and much whiter after having mouth reconstruction. If you find a childhood pic of the megastar, you’ll see the dramatic difference.
Another extreme case is Nicholas Cage. To prepare for the role as wounded Vietnam vet, Al Columbato, Cage had two teeth removed, reportedly without anesthesia to better his understanding of the character. They were baby teeth, and the procedure was already planned, but like a true artist dedicated to his craft, Cage scheduled the procedure to coincide with shooting schedule. Eventually, Cage had a full set of veneers put in.
Named by People magazine as one of “the most beautiful people” five times, Catherine Zeta-Jones has been on the theatre stage and on the silver screen since a very young age, but her dazzling smile had a little help along the way. The actress said, “I was teased (in childhood) because I had a really flat-looking nose, and before I got braces, my teeth used to stick out a bit.” According to press reports, she has also had various dental treatments to make her teeth look whiter and more even.
So how do they transform their smiles to movie star quality? Among other reconstruction procedures, they get veneers, which are “shells” that are bonded to your teeth. Veneers are made of a material that looks like your natural teeth, usually porcelain. If you have chipped, cracked, discolored or stained teeth, veneers can give you back your beaming smile. Veneers can also help you if you have crooked teeth, which was the case for Tom Cruise, especially.
Talk to your dentist about mouth reconstruction procedures like veneers and implants and see which option is best for you.
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