Hollywood stars have long been our fashion muses, but we no longer look to them only for the latest clothing trends — we size up their million-dollar smiles too. As more celebrities seek the help of cosmetic dentists to perfect their gorgeous smiles, such treatments as teeth whitening, Invisalign invisible braces, and porcelain veneers are gaining popularity among the rest of us too.
These days anyone with $20 can transform dull, coffee-stained teeth into bleached pearly whites with over-the-counter products. And if you’re willing to make a more significant investment (some of these pricey treatments can set you back thousands of dollars), you too can have a Hollywood-worthy smile that gleams like Hilary Swank’s or Hugh Jackman’s.
But as Marc Lowenberg, DDS, of Lowenberg & Lituchy in New York City, points out: “There is no such thing as one perfect smile.” Great smiles are admired for an array of different characteristics. Find out what makes these celebs’ smiles so sexy — either naturally or with a bit of dental enhancement.
The scorned-wife-turned-lawyer character Julianna Margulies plays on The Good Wife doesn’t always have a lot to smile about, but that doesn’t keep Margulies off the top celebrity smiles lists. “She was born with the all-American smile,” says Dr. Lowenberg, who along with his dental practice partner Gregg Lituchy, DDS, has been transforming celebrity smiles, including Margulies’, since the cosmetic dentistry revolution took off in the 1980s. Lowenberg and Lituchy, along with their associate Brian Kantor, DDS, have helped design the smiles of stars like Amanda Peet, Chris Rock, and many others. “Margulies’ smile is not only sexy and healthy-looking, but also very engaging,” says Lowenberg. “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.”