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Ben Affleck's Smile Makeover

Ben Affleck's Smile Makeover

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When Ben Affleck first arrived in Hollywood, the star's smile was less than stellar. However, the talented actor received critical acclaim for his performance in Good Will Hunting, a film that made him a household name and earned him a screenwriting Oscar. It was only when he was slated to star in Armageddon in 1998 that Affleck underwent a smile makeover that he referred to as a total dental overhaul.

Armageddon director Michael Bay was concerned that Ben Affleck's small, unevenly spaced teeth detracted from the actor's credibility in a heroic role. To transform Affleck into the ideal leading man, Bay ordered extensive dental work that is rumored to include porcelain veneers, crowns, and teeth whitening treatments. While speculations have been made that Affleck's smile makeover cost upwards of $20,000, the investment was well worth it; on Armageddon's opening weekend, the celebrity's transformed teeth helped draw in over $36 million at the box office.

Dental Crowns

Because the small size of Affleck's natural teeth was cause for concern, they may have been covered with porcelain or ceramic dental crowns. Commonly referred to as "caps," dental crowns cover the entire visible portion of the tooth, from the gum line upward. While often used as a restorative measure to protect teeth that have been severely damaged by decay, crowns may also serve a cosmetic function. By encapsulating teeth that are discolored, cracked, or misshapen, dental crowns deliver flawless results, like those seen in the Affleck's smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are extremely popular among celebrities, providing a flawless, camera-ready smile without the need for lengthy orthodontic treatment. By placing thin wafers of porcelain over tooth surfaces, cosmetic dentists are able to cover minor imperfections and discoloration, as well as give teeth a straight appearance. Since the production schedule of Armageddon didn't leave time for Affleck to realign his teeth with braces, porcelain veneers were likely used to provide instant smile makeover results. Because veneers can lengthen small teeth, making them look larger, chances are they were the ideal dental solution for Affleck.

Teeth Whitening Treatments

Before receiving veneers or dental crowns, Affleck likely brightened his natural teeth with an in-office teeth whitening treatment. In less than an hour, cosmetic dentists can reduce the appearance of stains caused by wine, tea, cola, and tobacco products, brightening teeth up to ten shades in just one appointment. Because Affleck smoked for nearly 20 years, finally quitting in 2005, it's likely that a whitening treatment helped brighten his smile. And since whitening treatments aren't permanent, it's likely that Affleck has maintained his bright new smile with regular touch ups.

Contact a Cosmetic Dentist

Many celebrities with dazzling smiles didn't have perfect genes - they had good cosmetic dentists. With porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening treatments, anyone can have attractive teeth. If you're interested in undergoing your own smile makeover, contact a skilled cosmetic dentist in your area.

Image sources: Ben Affleck before and after cosmetic dentistry

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