Health, Dental & Medical

The Veneers of the Rich and Mighty

Say what you want about The Donald’s shock of wispy blond hair in that characteristic ‘do and his orange complexion—his white teeth has now made it to the White House.

Of course, the whiteness of his teeth isn’t all natural; there is a certain amount of dental intervention in it, principally what cosmetic dentists in Dubai call ‘veneers’. While the name itself is self-explanatory, veneers are thin shells, made of ceramic, porcelain, or some other material, glued to the outer surface of the teeth. This disguises imperfections, discoloration, or even gaps in the teeth.

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While his teeth are arguably ‘too white’ according to some dentists—as it didn’t fit his tan really well—porcelain veneers can do wonders if you want to have the smile of a TV celebrity or an actor without undergoing permanent cosmetic dentistry procedures.

That said, here are some celebrities who had their teeth fixed like Donald Trump:

Mike Tyson

Boxers usually don’t have pretty teeth, but Mike Tyson took it a whole new level with his astronomical teeth gaps and gold caps, his ‘grills’. He later opted for a full cosmetic dentistry procedure, eliminating all but one of his teeth gaps (signature statement? probably), and replaced his gold ones with an actual veneer.

Morgan Freeman

Back when he still wasn’t God, Morgan Freeman had front gaps in his teeth as well. In addition, his teeth yellowed as he age, making it a bit difficult to show him while he enunciates his lines in that dreamy, deep drawl. Solution? Cosmetic dentistry. While sources differ on where and when he did it, Mr Freeman had his teeth whitened, gaps fixed, and veneers put on.

Hilary Duff

The former child star first underwent her cosmetic dentistry treatment in 2005 when she was 18—a set of porcelain veneers that an emergency dentist clipped on her teeth. This was a result of a chipped tooth during a particularly animated performance. Critics, however, lambasted this set, saying it looks fake and not at all proportional to her face.

3 years later, in 2008, Ms Duff had her veneers revisited. Now she sports a better set (or better teeth, in general)—whiter, more proportional, and probably even stronger.

Tom Cruise

One of the most popular in this list—his smile is one of the most familiar in the world. But did you know that Tom Cruise’s smile isn’t always that perfect? He had not begun to ask for a cosmetic dentist’s help until he was 39; in fact, when he attended the premiere of Minority Report in 2002, he was still wearing a tooth-coloured bracket! Fast forward 14 years and an estimated $30,000 later, his smile is so distinct you could recognise it a mile away.

There is actual historical reason veneers were called ‘Hollywood smile’, but the simplest is because even Hollywood stars use it. For a more local take on this treatment, visit a Jumeirah dental clinic for your options.