Having a Hollywood smile is almost a prerequisite for any aspiring screen actor as not having a pearly set of whites can cause a lot of casting directors to shake their heads in disgust.
With those vain realities in mind, you'd think that every famous actor had sparkling teeth the moment they set foot in Tinseltown. However, judging by these well-known stars, that isn't always the case. In fact, many of the so-called perfect smiles are the result of cosmetic surgery and even white veneers! Here are eleven surprising examples.
1. Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage has gone off the Hollywood radar in recent years, but in his heyday, he was one of Hollywoods most bankable stars. But it was his role in the 1984 Vietnam war movie, Birdy, that required Cage to part with two of his teeth.
It was probably for the best though as after filming the Oscar-winning actor got himself a shiny set of veneers. And as you can see, they've done his appearance a world of good.
2. Tom Crusie
Believe it or not, the king of the Hollywood smile wasn't born with a pair of gleaming whites.
In reality, Cruise was a buck-toothed teenager, and it wasn't until his first significant role in the actions series, 'Mission Impossible' that cruise underwent dental treatment. Today, all of Tom's teeth are believed to be veneers.
3. Gary Busey
As you can see, American funnyman Gary Busey was in dire need of some dental work, and thankfully for the big-jawed man, a set of white veneers came to his rescue.
Photographers were probably grateful to hear the news too!
4. George Clooney
It's hard to imagine that this handsome man would ever need help with his appearance, but even ladies man Clooney needs help. In his case, it was his teeth that needed an upgrade as he regularly grinded his teeth when stressed.
Because of such 'stress', Clooney was fitted with a white set of veneers, and in the process made it even harder for any other male to be deemed attractive.
5. Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham never used to smile, because, like many British people, they aren't exactly known for the beauty of their teeth.
However, in recent years, the Spice Girl and fashion designer has invested heavily in dental treatment, and now has more reasons to smile. Well, sort of.
6. Jim Carrey
Early on in Jim Carrey's career, the movie star lived with a tooth cap to cover a significant chip that he sustained before his acting career took off.
He even took it off for his endearing role as Lloyd in the "Dumb and Dumber" movie before he got veneers.
7. Hilary Duff
The Lizzie McGuire actress was never someone with bad teeth, but they were starting to go a bit yellow, and once she chipped a tooth, Duff decided to forgo a cap and get the full veneer treatment.
More practical than vain, but Duff still went all Hollywood on us by doing this!
8. Cheryl Cole
While Americans may only know her for her brief role on America's X Factor, the British singer is now most known for her relationship with One Direction heartthrob Liam Payne. But in her younger days, Cheryl wasn't conventionally attractive due to her crooked teeth.
So like many would with her money, the singer dipped into her pockets and joined the growing list of celebrities opting for a shiny set of veneers.
9. Catherine Zeta-Jones
The Welsh starlet wasn't always a perfect goddess. Married to Michael Douglass, Zeta- Jones once had short stubby teeth so added porcelain veneers to lengthen them.
Still a natural beauty, but clearly not in the teeth department!
10. Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson didn't have a comfortable life growing up, but even when he had an estimated $300m fortune, he still had his front teeth knocked out owing to his profession as a boxer!
Still, where there's money there's always a solution, and in Iron Mike's case, the solution was, unfortunately, two dentures.
11. Celine Dion
The Canadian songstress is a global name and earns millions each year, and when you have an angelic voice like Dion's, it doesn't hurt to look the part as well!
At least, that was probably what the talented musician thought when she underwent dental treatment to straighten and whiten her decayed teeth.