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Celebrities with braces: Before and After

We’re all familiar with the term “Hollywood smile” – the beautiful, straight, white, perfect smiles that grace our screens and glossy magazines. But not all celebrities are born with the perfect smile – they need the help of a specialist Orthodontist.

It’s not the most likely of accessories you’d expect the rich and famous to be sporting, but orthodontic treatment is the go-to for many of our famous friends. Delta Goodrem, Gwen Stefani, Niall Horan, Serena Williams and Kylie Minogue are just a few famous faces who have sought help from orthodontic specialists to undergo life-changing orthodontic treatment to fix crooked teeth or overcrowded smiles and give them confident “Hollywood smiles”.

From rocking traditional metal braces a-la Gwen Stefani, to less-visible ceramic see-through braces as sported by Tom Cruise, there are orthodontic treatment options to suit everyone and every lifestyle. Invisible or lingual braces attached to the inside surfaces of your teeth are a popular option, and clear plastic aligners such as Invisalign are often worn by celebs looking for something more discrete (as seen on red carpet royalty including Katherine Heigl, Justin Bieber, Khloe Kardashian and Zac Efron).

Here are some of our favourite celeb smile transformations with comments from our experts:

Before and after photos of Kendall Jenner wearing braces

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner is such a fan of orthodontic treatment that she’s had braces not once, but twice! The up-and-coming model and daughter of Kris and Caitlyn Jenner had her first set of braces when she was 13, and went on to have clear aligner treatment when she was 17. Thanks to the help of her orthodontist, she now sports a beautiful straight smile!

: Delta Goodrem’s before and after braces photos

Delta Goodrem

The former Neighbours star and singer-songwriter who is now a judge on hot television show, The Voice, first had braces when she was 13 years old, before she got her big break. The photo above was taken during one of Delta’s first photo shoots, and was described by her photographer as being ‘a bit of a shy girl’ at the time. Since then, Delta’s confidence has grown, along with her gorgeous straight smile, and she’s now a familiar Aussie face and international household name.


Braces before and after photos of Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Supermodel Cindy (now 50 years old!) had old school, chunky metal braces back in the 70s to fix her overbite and crooked teeth. In 2013, she shared with her followers a family photo of when she was a teenager – complete with braces and home-made dress – proving that, like many of us, she wasn’t born with a Hollywood Smile! As a young up-and-coming model, Cindy decided to have her braces fitted again, this time for a Pepsi commercial, and her career (and smile) has been shining bright ever since.

Photo shows Daniel Riccardo before and after braces treatment


Daniel Ricciardo

The Australian Formula 1 driver is famous for his big toothy grin, but it wasn’t always perfect. Daniel had crowded and crooked teeth until he saw an orthodontist. Daniel underwent treatment (opting for ceramic braces) whilst he was driving F1 and it certainly didn’t slow him down! In a 2014 interview he stated “I’m really glad I got braces when I did because obviously it’s paying off now and, especially if you smile a lot, it’s nice to have that confidence in knowing your teeth are good. I encourage it. Even if you’re in your 20s, it’s good stuff!”

Braces before and after photos of Emma Watson

Emma Watson

Even Hermione has benefited from orthodontic treatment! When Emma’s acting career started taking off after being cast as Hermione in the popular ‘Harry Potter’ series, she decided to fix her moderately crooked teeth and achieve a beautiful smile with the help of an orthodontist. Although the spellbinding actress wore traditional braces for a while, she could have also been treated very successfully with clear aligners.


Photos of Tom Cruise before and after his braces treatment

Tom Cruise

Tom has one of the most famous smiles in showbiz, but he started his career with discoloured, broken, missing and misaligned teeth. Over the years he’s had numerous orthodontic and cosmetic dental procedures to camouflage his quite complex problems. In 2002, gossip magazines were awash with photos of Tom at age 40 sporting ceramic braces in order to fine tune his smile and bite.

Despite all of the dental work he’s had over the years, Tom remains quite notorious in dental and orthodontic circles for his residual smile asymmetry. If you look closely, you’ll notice that his upper front teeth are shifted to the left of his facial midline. It just goes to show, there are some minor cosmetic imperfections that simply have to be accepted, no matter how famous you are!


So whether you’re considering traditional braces or a more invisible alternative to braces, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and expert knowledge to be able to offer you the full suite of treatment options and give you the confidence you’re in the best hands.

Book a consultation with an ASO member orthodontist to find out which is right for your treatment needs and lifestyle.

About this blog

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is the peak body for Orthodontists and orthodontic knowledge across Australia.

Orthodontics Australia by the ASO, is the ASO’s public information and advice channel. Our blog and social media platforms have been designed to assist your research efforts and help you understand the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist, your orthodontic treatment options, the results you can expect and the journey along the way. 

Of course, we can help you find registered orthodontists too with no referral needed! 

We hope you find this resource helpful and it gives you the confidence to take the next step in achieving the smile you’ve always wanted. 


Image credit:

Daniel Ricciardo:  Wiki Commons: Henry Mineur | Flickr: Sara Cimino “GP Monza 2014”

Tom Cruise: Copyrights unknown | Wiki Commons: Georges Biard

Emma Watson: Copyrights unknown | Wiki Commons: Georges Biard

Cindy Crawford: Copyrights unknown | Shutterstock

Kendall Jenner: Photo 1 Getty Images: Jason LaVeris. Photo 2 Shutterstock

Delta Goodrem: Photo 1 Diimex Photos. Photo 2 Shutterstock


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