When you’re a celebrity, your smile is everything, because if fans don’t see dazzling white teeth, your veneer of perfection starts to crumble. That’s why it’s so fascinating to compare before and after pics of famous people to see what cosmetic changes they’ve made to enhance their smiles. And as the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, or at least worth its price in dental work.
1. 50 Cent
The rags to riches to rags rapper who survived eight gunshots when he was younger, realized that you can’t be flashing a million dollar smile when you have 50 cent teeth. So after he rolled in some dough, he got his front teeth capped and whitened, and his smile now is about as bleach-bright as can be.
2. Tom Cruise
The actor once known as Thomas Mapother used to have some gnarly teeth before he made enough money to visit a cosmetic dentist and get things straightened out. For a second, you look at the pic on the left and wonder if those were actually fake teeth Cruise used for his role in “The Outsiders,” but apparently those were his real teeth. Yikes.
3. Zac Efron
The pic of Efron on the left is actually an adorable one of a teenager with a gap in his teeth. But as Efron grew up and matured, he must have decided that there were far too many gaps for an adult celebrity and had them capped and tightened. The photo on the left is of a boy. The one on the right is of a man.
4. Niall Horan
Yeah, you’re forgiven if you can’t tell any of the One Direction boys apart, but all you need to know is that Horan got a major dental makeover that has greatly enhanced his smile and probably the number of young female fans who scream when he flashes his pearly whites. And when you’re in a boy band, those screams are the difference between banking millions of pounds, or appearing in an episode of “Whatever Happened To?”
5. Steve O
The “Jack*ss” alum used to have the kind of teeth that you could see in the dark. But what a difference fame, money and increased visibility have done for his smile. Steve O has had his teeth capped and whitened, and the difference is amazing. It shows that he cares about taking care of himself, well at least when it comes to his mouth, because he spends most of his waking life trying to see which bones he can break attempting a truly stupid stunt.
The buffed rapper used to have a wreckage of a mouth, filled with what appears to be dark gold and yellow enamel. But he quickly got right, had the gold removed, straightened his teeth and whitened them up. Nelly did it up correctly and showcases his smile every chance he gets.
7. David Beckham
Becks is one of the biggest stars in the UK, and soccer fans still mention his name when it comes to the best freekick takers of all time. But back in the day, Becks did not have the best set of teeth, and in fact, the shade of his teeth matched his skin tone, so perhaps that was what he was after. But after he made money and presumably met his wife Posh Spice, Beckham’s entire fashion sense and grooming rocketed into the stratosphere.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo
Depending on your perspective, Ronaldo is either the best soccer player on the planet, equal to the best soccer player on the planet, or a shade behind the best soccer player on the planet. His only true rival for supremacy is Leo Messi, but when it comes to looks, Ronaldo has Messi beat on every level. Thankfully, he fixed his teeth, because they were what the Brits would call a ‘Right horror show.’ What a difference a good set of even teeth make.
9. Too Short
It wasn’t just that Detroit rap legend Too Short had bad teeth, it was more that he didn’t have any teeth at all. Whether he lost them in a fight or due to too much candy, Too Short needed a fix and his ‘after’ pic shows that he got himself some new teeth to replace the missing ones and whitened up the enamel so that he now looks like a handsome man easing into his middle years.
10. Emma Roberts
Roberts comes from Hollywood acting royalty, being the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of Julia Roberts. But as a kid her teeth didn’t do her any favors, which is why she had porcelain veneers to correct the issue and a little teeth whitening to ensure that every time she smiles, an angel gets his wings.