In Hollywood, having perfect, sparkling teeth is essential to nabbing the most coveted roles. It should come as no surprise to learn that many of your favorite stars have had dental implants or veneers in order to obtain their flawless smiles. However, some went a step even further by choosing to get dentures, either for a role or to replace missing teeth.
Unlike veneers, which sit on top of existing teeth to improve their appearance, dentures are fake teeth that fill voids where teeth are missing. They may or may not require having teeth removed in order to fit correctly.
Here are a few famous faces you probably never realized wore dentures.
1. Emma Watson
Before you start panicking – no, Emma Watson does not currently have dentures. However, when she was just a young girl filming the Harry Potter movies, she lost some very prominent baby teeth. To cover up these missing teeth, producers asked her to wear dentures and Watson agreed.
2. Florence Henderson
Though she recently passed away, Florence Henderson was very passionate about her dentures. At one point, she was even a spokesperson for Polident, a type of denture cleaner.
3. Clark Gable
As far as movie stars go, Clark Gable was one of the biggest. Back in the day, he was in high demand for his charm and acting poise. And he accomplished all of this… without teeth! Due to severe periodontitis, Gable had to have all of his teeth removed in his early 30s. However, that never stopped him from being the “King of Hollywood.”
4. Joe Biden
Being the Vice President of the United States of America means that Joe Biden had to look polished and professional in all his appearances. In order to do this, it’s said that he spent $20,000 on perfecting his dentures.
5. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
Known for her antics on the television show The Jersey Shore, Snooki didn’t always have perfect teeth. It’s rumored that she ended up getting dentures in order to make her smile as glorious as it is today.
6. Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill’s dentures are infamously credited as the “dentures that helped win WWII.” He had them modified so that he still talked with his trademark lisp. While one set of them are in display at the Hunterian Museum, another set recently sold for over 15,000 pounds.
7. Ed McMahon
Ed McMahon became famous as the announcer for The Tonight Show. Sadly, he died in 2009 amidst healthcare scandals and financial troubles.