Celebrity Smiles: 5 Hollywood Oral Health Secrets

Whether it's on the red carpet or on the sidewalk outside their homes, celebrities are expected to look their best. From designer gowns to priceless jewels and accessories, they have entire teams dedicated to helping them look picture-perfect. Of course, the average person doesn't have a stylist or makeup artist on call!

The good news is that while you might not have a rack of designer dresses, you do have access to the most important accessory of all: your smile. By using these secrets of celebrity smiles (and a little help from your dentist), you can make sure your smile is always red-carpet ready.

1. Teeth Whitening

Whitening is a no-brainer for celebs, since it's a relatively quick process that renders a perfect look in photos and videos. Many of the celebrities you see on the red carpet with dazzling, white smiles likely had more than a little help from their dentists. Your dentist's office is a great place to start, especially if you've never whitened your teeth before. If you have had bonding, veneers or other dental work in the past, the American Dental Association (ADA) suggests talking to your dentist about the best options for you. You may be able to use an at-home whitening product such as a mouthrinse or toothpaste to achieve a brighter smile. Be aware of over-whitening, however, since abusing over-the-counter products can result in tooth sensitivity and weakened enamel.

2. Regular Cleaning

The most potent whitening products can't make up for a lack of oral hygiene. Even A-list stars need to visit their dentists every six to 12 months to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy. Regular cleanings and checkups can also alert dentists to potential problems long before issues like eroded enamel or damaged gums can jeopardize the health and appearance of your smile.

3. Porcelain Veneers

It's one of the best-kept secrets in Hollywood: Porcelain veneers are a quick way to get perfect teeth without months of braces and retainers. According to the ADA, however, having veneers on your teeth is irreversible, since it requires your natural teeth to be shaped and reduced to accept the thin layer of porcelain that covers your natural enamel. Because veneers are custom-made for each patient, they're a significant investment for teeth that are crooked, stained or even chipped.

4. Bonding

If only one or two teeth are the problem, stars might opt for bonding instead of veneers or other more drastic measures. Bonding repairs cracked or chipped teeth by shaping a composite material on, or around, the tooth. Bonding is done in one appointment, so it's an ideal option for a quick fix. Bonding won't last forever, but it can keep your smile looking picture-perfect for five to 10 years.

5. Lip Color

One of the best-kept secrets of celebrity smiles is using lip color to enhance your smile. By bringing out the white tones in teeth, lip color can disguise stains from coffee or other stain-causing habits. Just make sure to choose a shade that has blue undertones, such as a red or purple. That way, even if you don't have time to whiten, you can still show off a whiter, brighter smile.

We can't all have a glam squad on call like Hollywood's elite can, but everyone can co-opt some of the glitterati's best smile secrets. Whether you want a total smile makeover or you're just looking to enhance your natural grin, take a few notes from the red carpet and you'll feel like a star.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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