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Zac Efron's Smile Makeover

Zac Efron's Smile Makeover

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With his starring role in Disney's High School Musical trilogy, Zac Efron became an international celebrity and teenage heartthrob. Although the actor began his career on the small screen, a smile makeover helped fuel his transition to major box-office roles.

While his Hollywood life may seem glamorous, before High School Musical, Efron was an average high school student. Prior to his movie-making days, Efron had excessive dental spacing, including a gap between his front teeth that, he claims, made him the target of adolescent jokes. While his longtime love, Vanessa Hudgens, says she found the gap charming, Efron chose to pursue cosmetic dentistry in order to achieve a smile more worthy of the red carpet.

Efron's decision seems to be working out well for him. Not only is his dazzling smile now a trademark feature, but since filming High School Musical, Efron has been showing off more serious acting chops in films like Charlie St. Cloud and The Lucky One. At 23, Efron has landed on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, won a People's Choice Award, an MTV award for Best Male Performance, and a slew of Teen Choice Awards. So no matter how he's achieved his perfect teeth, one thing is for sure: Efron certainly has a lot to smile about.

Invisible Braces

When the gap between Efron's front teeth disappeared prior to filming the first High School Musical, he credited the change to invisible braces. While he only wore the clear aligners for a few months, he achieved a straighter smile and eliminated the spacing between his teeth. An increasing number of young stars are choosing to forgo traditional braces in favor of systems like Invisalign®, which allow wearers to straighten their smiles without anyone noticing. While no one noticed the Hollywood star's dental appliances, fans certainly took notice of Efron's updated smile. His dazzling grin is now one of his trademark features, along with his enviable abs.

Teeth Whitening

One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures available today is absolutely essential in Hollywood: teeth whitening. Because even the most attractive stars fall victim to dental stains resulting from wine, tea, soda, coffee, and tobacco products, many celebrities take advantage of in-office whitening treatments that can brighten their smiles up to ten shades in less than an hour. While Efron has remained mum on the subject, his pearly whites are noticeably brighter now than they were prior to his big Disney Channel break. With his personal wealth estimated at over $10 million, chances are that Efron invested in a teeth whitening treatment to fine-tune his trademark smile.

Porcelain Veneers

The dramatic difference fans have seen in Efron's teeth has long garnered speculation that the star used porcelain veneers to achieve a whiter, brighter, straighter smile. While the heartthrob has stayed quiet on the subject, it is common knowledge that a tremendous number of celebrities use porcelain veneers to makeover their smiles. By placing a thin wafer of porcelain over the front of a tooth, covering imperfections such as chips, cracks, or discoloration, a dazzling smile can be achieved without the time commitment required by orthodontic treatment.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist

Although brilliant white teeth are a staple on the red carpet, sensational smiles aren't just for celebrities. With the right cosmetic dentist, you too can achieve the Hollywood smile you've always wanted. To learn more about porcelain veneers, teeth whitening treatments, or invisible braces, contact a skilled cosmetic dentist in your area.

Image sources: before/after, after dentistry

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