After a lifetime of crooked teeth, celebrities like Tom Cruise and Emma Watson appeared on camera with perfect teeth practically overnight, but how did they do it? Surely braces take a couple of years to work and whitening treatments take several weeks. So, how do celebrities fix their teeth so fast?

The Secret to That Red Carpet Smile

The answer is very simple. Celebrities achieve perfect teeth in very little time with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic dentistry today offers several procedures that deliver near-instant results, including:

  • Teeth whitening (same-day results)
  • Porcelain veneers (results in one to two weeks)
  • Dental crowns and bridges (results in one to two weeks)
  • Dental implants (temporary results almost instantly, permanent results in 6 to 12 months)
  • Invisalign (results in 6 to 18 months)

The main difference between a celebrity and those of us whose talents haven’t yet been discovered is that celebrities are more likely to have the budget for a complete smile makeover up front. However, the cosmetic dentistry procedures that helped them achieve such perfect teeth are available to all.

How Anyone Can Achieve a Celebrity Smile

Everyone wants to have a flawless smile like their favorite celebrities. What many people don’t realize is that such a goal can be realized in just a few short weeks or months with the help of a skilled cosmetic dentist. And the results can be life-changing.

As Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist Arthur Glosman says about smile makeovers: “When you feel comfortable and confident in your smile, everything that previously seemed to be out of reach suddenly becomes that much more possible.” Let’s look at a few of the procedures that celebrities and everyday people rely upon for smile enhancement.

Step 1: Professional Teeth Whitening

Celebrities like George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones (both of whom have dental veneers) have beautifully white teeth—much whiter than the natural yellow color that results from aging enamel. However, with Zoom! professional teeth whitening, a dazzling smile is possible practically overnight.

This revolutionary system by Philips uses a proprietary combination of blue LED light-accelerated technology and hydrogen peroxide gel to lighten the natural teeth by several shades. According to research, halogen or LED light combined with hydrogen peroxide is more effective at brightening teeth than hydrogen peroxide alone, and with the help of take-home trays with a state-of-the-art whitening gel, the results of this treatment last a long time.

Step 2: Porcelain Veneers

Next comes Hollywood’s best-kept secret: dental veneers. From Shirley Temple onward, many celebrities have used porcelain veneers to hide slightly misaligned teeth, gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, and uneven teeth. The best thing about this highly effective cosmetic dentistry treatment is that it can be completed in a couple of weeks or less.

In the porcelain veneers procedure, custom-made shells are fitted to the front of the patient’s upper front teeth to give him or her a perfect set of visible teeth. While veneers don’t treat cavities (you’ll need dental bonding for that), they can hide larger-than-usual gaps, discoloration, and slightly crooked teeth almost instantly for a perfect, Hollywood-level smile.

Step 3: Porcelain Crowns and Dental Implants

For natural teeth that have sustained significant damage, porcelain crowns and dental implants can provide a celebrity smile while providing structural support.

Porcelain Crowns

In the porcelain crowns procedure, a cosmetic dentist places a cap over each heavily damaged tooth to protect it and restore its appearance. If used on the front teeth, crowns can perform the same aesthetic role as veneers.

Dental Implants

For a patient with missing teeth, a dental implant procedure can be transformative. Two-stage surgery dental implants can last for 15 years or more, after which the porcelain crown can be replaced.

In this cosmetic dentistry procedure (actually a series of small procedures), a dentist will:

  1. Replace the missing tooth root with a metal or ceramic screw
  2. Top the screw with a connecting piece called an abutment
  3. Complete the prosthetic implant with a porcelain crown that looks and works just like a natural tooth

Once the process is complete, the patient is left with a stunning new tooth that blends in perfectly with the surrounding teeth and provides renewed confidence to smile again.

Step 4: Invisalign

Lots of celebrities started out with misaligned teeth, including Emma Watson and Morgan Freeman, and straightening their crooked teeth was a major part of achieving the flawless smiles they have today.

With the help of Invisalign, adults with misaligned teeth or an uneven bite can achieve spectacular results—sometimes in only a few short months. In this dental treatment, customized clear retainers are used to shift the teeth gently into place for a straighter, more beautiful smile.

You Don’t Have to Be a Celebrity to Get the Smile of Your Dreams

Virtually all celebrities use cosmetic dentistry to achieve a perfect smile. And while we might not have cameras filming us all day, we can still feel like a million dollars with white teeth and a celebrity smile.

If you would like to see how cosmetic dentistry can give you the perfect smile, give your local cosmetic dentist a call. Soon, you could be smiling like a celebrity too.