From Tom Cruise to Kate Middleton, Adult Braces Are More Than Meets the Eye


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By Dr. Robert Sunstein, Carmel Valley & La Jolla Orthodontist

Orthodontic braces straighten teeth and make smiles more beautiful. But according to the latest news, we can thank celebrities like Tom Cruise and even Kate Middleton for making braces not only popular in terms of aesthetics but as cultural cues as well. Braces –and good teeth – are the latest indicators of wealth and status.

“Put simply, people with good dentistry are also often the ones with healthy bank balances,” said one influential fashion stylist. Of course, we know that braces are much more than an accessory – they’re essential at improving smiles, and in some cases, correcting dental issues that can present greater problems in the future. But there are other ancillary benefits to adult braces as well.

“Having good teeth and a well-aligned jaw really is the secret to looking youthful,” said one cosmetic doctor in the article. “The teeth and jaw are the foundations of the whole lower half of the face. They’re the framework to support all the muscles and the skin. You can have the best skin in the world but it’s your smile that can really give the game away.”

Take one glance at Hollywood and you’ll see that braces have become much more than a trend. One of the most popular celebrities to have worn adult braces was Tom Cruise in 2002. At age 40, the A-list actor was a trendsetter when he decided to straighten his teeth. Tom likely chose braces to fix his midline as his front teeth were visibly off-center, nearly placing his right front tooth in the middle of his face. But braces quickly fixed his bite and alignment, leading to a natural and beautiful smile without the obvious off-centeredness. Later, Actress Faye Dunaway wore orthodontics at age 61 followed by signer Gwen Stefani, Katherine Hiegl and Nadja Swarovski. Even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, wore braces to improve her smile.

Our teeth say a lot about us, so it’s no surprise that adults are turning to braces to achieve a more youthful look and perhaps to even attain a little more status along the way. And more and more people are also opting to keep their natural teeth by using braces to improve their smile as opposed to going with veneers.

“Advances in orthodontics mean there’s a huge variety of different appliances available now,” said one doctor in the article. “From [traditional], to less visible retainers and sophisticated hidden options…They enable people to have great teeth in a record time with minimal discomfort and social stigma.”

The good news is you don’t have to be a celebrity to afford braces. If you’re an adult considering braces, there are many options that are also affordable. And, hundreds of thousands of adults have successfully worn braces without impeding on lifestyle. They’re completely easy to wear and can come off within a short period of time. Braces are also a permanent solution to improving your smile which is ideal when it comes to long-term aesthetics.

For more information on adult braces, including clear braces or other options that can easily fit into your lifestyle, visit or call us in Carmel Valley (858) 755-1551 or in La Jolla (858) 459-3353.

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2 Comments for “From Tom Cruise to Kate Middleton, Adult Braces Are More Than Meets the Eye”

  1. Not just for kid’s! We’ve known plenty of adults who’ve gotten braces for the first time, or to fix something that has gone awry in adulthood.

  2. Getting braces as an adult can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. You can still get perfect teeth with braces without a mouthful of metal. Consider alternative options such as incognito or clear braces. This will allow you to focus on your oral health issues, improve your wonderful smile, and allow yourself to be as confident as ever without the stigma of traditional braces.

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