With smiles so dazzling, you may think some celebrities have been blessed with magical powers by the smile gods. As it turns out, such gorgeous grins are just the result of incredible dental fortune. We called upon Beverly Hills Expert Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, to give us the inside scoop on what makes these smiles so alluring and divulge his personal Hollywood favorites!
When you ask someone to think of a great celebrity smile, nine times out of
10 they’re going to say Julia Roberts or Halle Berry (spoiler alert). “Over the years, I noticed my patients choosing these names over and over again to reference how they wanted their future smiles to look,” comments Dr. Maddahi. “After a while I started to ask myself, what is it about these particular smiles that are so appealing to people?
“The one thing that all of these smiles have in common is that the teeth fill up the entire smile. A full, white smile is not only easy on the eyes but it is also very youthful looking. In all of these iconic smiles, you will see this is the case—truly toothy grins. This is a universally appealing characteristic I have pinpointed, which allows me to analyze and then create the perfect smile.”
Whether natural or cosmetically enhanced, Dr. Maddahi recognizes the devil is in the details, and it’s nuances such as shape, length, color and complexion that make the most glamorous smiles so special.
Following are Dr. Maddahi’s picks for the top ten celebrity smiles.
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1. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck doesn’t always bless the cameras with an open mouth smile, but when he does it’s like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Put those pearly whites away, Ben, they shine too bright!
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2. Kathy Griffin
“A huge factor in creating the perfect smile is complimenting complexion,” Dr. Maddahi explains. “This can be seen in a makeover I did in recent years on Kathy Griffith. Because she has red hair her teeth automatically did not appear as white as someone who has a different color hair, so when I was picking the porcelain for the veneers I picked a shade much whiter than I would have normally to offset this.”
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3. Matthew McConaughey
Maybe it’s the Oscar for Best Actor he just won causing that gorgeous beam or maybe it’s a gift from God. Either way McConaughey surely could have taken home the award for Best Academy Smile as well that night.
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4. Justin Beiber
Baby baby baby ohhhh that smile! Dr. Maddahi explains that face shape and complexion are some of the first things that he takes into account and Justin Bieber’s teeth compliment his face in the best way.
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5. Anne Hathaway
“The length of the teeth is also important to having a beautiful smile,” Dr. Maddahi informs. “Teeth that appear short age the smile considerably, so you can see in the case of Anne Hathaway that teeth that are the appropriate length for the face make a considerable difference in how beautiful the smile is.”
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6. Zac Efron
According to Dr. Maddahi, Zac Efron is a perfect example of how teeth shape compliments the face—the square shape of his teeth perfectly compliment his square jaw. Though Efron started off his career with a goofy gap-toothed grin, he definitely grew into that chiseled smile we all know and love!
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7. Catherine Zeta Jones
“Catherine Zeta Jones’ smile is flawless,” notes Dr. Maddahi. “It is pleasing to the eye for the bottom of the top teeth to follow the curve of the bottom lip and this is what creates her very harmonious smile.”
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8. Jessica Alba
“The most universally aesthetic characteristic of a smile is that the teeth fill up the entire smile. Jessica Alba is great example of this. You don’t see any black holes where the side teeth and the cheeks meet, just beautiful white teeth.”
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9. Halle Berry
Halle Berry? Hallelujah. I know I’m not the first to say it but how can we not compare Halle Berry to the grace of an angel?
Dr. Maddahi agrees: “She has one of the most sought after smiles by my patients. The length of her teeth and subtle curvature provide a wonderful model to reference when creating a patient’s ideal smile.”
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10. Julia Roberts
And the number one celebrity smile goes to the pretty woman herself, Julia Roberts. Here’s Dr. Maddahi’s breakdown: “Julia Roberts’ famous smile is a great example of teeth that are the perfect shape for her face. She has a long, oval face, and her teeth are also long and oval. This is why her smile is considered to be so aesthetically pleasing.”
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