Iconic actor Tom Cruise is known for his dashing good looks, which earned him the reputation of a Hollywood sex symbol. However, his teeth have had to go through years of modification to match his almost perfect good looks.
Apart from starring in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters over the last three decades — including "Top Gun" and the "Mission Impossible" franchises — Tom Cruise is known for his dashing good looks and his nearly perfect smile.
However, fans cannot help but notice that beneath Cruise's 100-watt grin, there is a glaring imperfection — a slightly out of place tooth that has undergone modification jobs throughout his career.
TOM CRUISE'S TEETH BEFORE
As a newcomer in the movie world, the young Tom Cruise's teeth were badly discolored and very unaligned. By closely inspecting some of the actor's pictures, it can be seen that his teeth are not symmetrical with the center of his face.
Apart from Tom Cruise, fans have also grown to love several other celebrities with their less-than-perfect smiles.
Additionally, the veteran actor's dentition features a right front tooth that is slightly askew from others. Interestingly, the front tooth has earned some fame through the years and has been dubbed the "middle tooth" by the media.
In an industry that can be described at best as "vain," and overly conscious of physical appearance, Cruise has carried on confidently with his less-than-perfect smile — even flashing it for the cameras every now and then.
Popular Los Angeles dentist Dr. William Dorfman understood the special focus on looks in Hollywood and was famous in the 90s for helping actors get their teeth in line. While speaking on Cruise's teeth, Dorfman said:
"They're terrible. His two front teeth are different sizes. They looked so bad when he was on the cover of last November's GQ that I wrote him a letter saying he should come see me."
Well, it seems Cruise must have paid a visit to the famous dentist because his teeth have undergone some modification jobs throughout his career.
TOM CRUISE'S DENTAL TRANSFORMATION
During his early years as an actor, Cruise initially fixed his dental issues by undergoing teeth whitening and alignment procedures. The whitening helped the talented actor deal with his discolored teeth.
In 2002, after his split from his ex-wife Nicole Kidman, Cruise got braces to reconfigure his misaligned teeth. The braces were nearly invisible, and at the time, his publicist Pat Kingsley revealed the 57-year-old actor would be wearing the orthodontic device for a year.
By 2012, Cruise's teeth had undergone a complete transformation, and the actor showed off his improved dentition at the premiere of "Rock of Ages," and at a charity event in December that year.
Despite the improvements, eagle-eyed fans were still able to notice that aside from his famous "middle tooth," his left incisor looked bigger than his right one.
More recently, the actor's teeth appear to be nearly perfect, much to his fans' admiration. While Cruise has never explained what he did to his teeth, many dentists believe he must have received porcelain veneers in addition to getting braces.
Apart from Tom Cruise, fans have also grown to love several other celebrities with their less-than-perfect smiles. From Lindsay Lohan's gnarly grin to Johnny Depp's mysterious red tooth and Anna Paquin's gap-tooth, these stars pose a hefty challenge for every dentist.
However, like Tom Cruise, they have remained confident in their imperfection and have not let their unique dental features upstage their showbiz careers.
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