This Pretty Woman was born with a beautiful smile that has helped make her famous, but she also improved her trademark toothy grin with veneers, according to Thomas Connelly, DDS, New York City-based cosmetic dentist and weekly contributor to the Huffington Post. After she made it big, Roberts enhanced her already-beautiful grin with veneers that have straightened, elongated, and evened out her teeth. “The veneers took a great smile and made it flawless,” says Connelly.
Veneers are among the most expensive cosmetic dental procedures (prices vary, but they can easily set you back $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth), but if your dentist has determined that you are a candidate and you can afford to invest in your smile, these thin porcelain shells are a strategic choice, since they can correct many imperfections and so closely mimic natural teeth.
Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank sometimes gets a bad rap for having oversized teeth that look like pieces of Chiclets gum. “Yes, they are big,” says Connelly. “But I think they look great.” Connelly adds that Swank is lucky to have a set of teeth that are naturally just about perfect in shape.
He attributes Swank’s stunning smile to genetics — and a little whitening. “I can’t think of a Hollywood starlet that doesn’t get her teeth at least whitened,” says Connelly. While Swank probably sprung for professional bleaching, there are many over-the-counter products that can also do the trick. “I typically recommend a more professional product like the GO SMiLE brand of toothpastes and whiteners,” says Connelly. “But going to the local drugstore and buying ‘whatever’ whitening strips is better than nothing.” Dr. Lituchy recommends Crest Whitestrips for those looking for a reliable drugstore option.