Have you seen an absolutely perfect smile on one of your favorite celebrities and wondered if they were just born that way? Well, it’s highly unlikely. Many famous people have had some serious dental work done, from restorative dentistry to cosmetic dentistry. Many of them have even needed dentures! Check out these well-known individuals who used dentures to achieve a beautiful smile.
- Clark Gable
- Emma Watson
- Florence Henderson
- Winston Churchill
- George Washington
Clark Gable, known as “The King of Hollywood”, played the dashing Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind. Unfortunately, Gable developed advanced periodontitis as a young adult and needed his damaged teeth removed. His charming smile was actually thanks to dentures!
Hermione Granger, a precocious witch in the movie adaptation of the popular Harry Potter, was played by Emma Watson. While filming the movies, young Watson temporarily used partial dentures when a few baby teeth fell out and she needed to preserve Hermione’s smile! Check out these tooth timelines from the American Dental Association to learn more about the typical emergence and loss of baby and permanent teeth.
It is widely believed that the beloved Brady Bunch actress, the late Florence Agnes Henderson, wore dentures because of her work as a brand ambassador for Polident denture cleaner. Interestingly, she had healthy natural teeth, but advertised for the product because of high praise from friends and family members who did wear dentures.
Winston Churchill served twice as the British Prime Minister, from 1940 to 1945 and from 1951 to 1955. In 2010, his dentures that “helped win World War II” sold for nearly $24,000! Churchill’s dentist modified his dentures so his signature lisp would be clearly recognizable over the radio.
The first president of the United States of America, George Washington, had terrible teeth problems. By age 57, he wore dentures made of various materials, including human teeth, possibly cow and horse teeth, ivory, and lead-tin, copper, and silver alloys.