It’s safe to say that some celebs become celebs because they have good teeth. Their head shots look better. They’re more kissable. They’re more bankable. Charm shines through the screen when it’s accompanied by nice teeth, whether on a man or woman. Now, let’s talk about Keanu Reeves. He’s back in the spotlight with the latest John Wick movie and his turn voicing a character in Toy Story 4. Have his teeth served him well through his long career? Or could they use a smile makeover?
A Serious Career, but Lots of Smiles
An image search for Keanu Reeves will bring up plenty of photos, many from the beginning of his acting career. His teeth are long but uniform and they fit his face. Compare the actor’s early-career teeth to today and it’s easy to see that he has the same teeth, mostly.
One or two of Keanu’s front teeth, namely the cuspids, are a slightly different shade than the rest of his teeth. He may have porcelain crowns, undergoing this procedure to correct a problem tooth, cap a tooth that needed root canal therapy, or to create a more attractive smile. Unfortunately, when the natural tooth enamel surrounding the whiter crown becomes stained, the crown stands out more.
What’s caused the stains? Well, Keanu has been captured on camera smoking and enjoying his sodas, both major causes of tooth stains. Aging can also affect tooth enamel, causing it to yellow. The combination of years and use have turned Keanu’s teeth into great candidates for cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Keanu?
It’s pretty safe to say that Keanu doesn’t have porcelain veneers. If he did, his teeth would never have yellowed. Quality veneers are resistant to staining. His teeth aren’t unsightly, but a little brightening up couldn’t hurt.
Your Midtown cosmetic dentist might make the following recommendations to give Keanu a perfect smile makeover to go with his almost-perfect reputation of being Mr. Nice Guy:
- Teeth whitening: Since Keanu’s teeth have yellowed over the years, they can likely be whitened to a beautiful, white shine. They don’t have to be super-celeb-white and risk looking fake. Authenticity is still something to be valued after all. Brightening up what he already has through professional teeth whitening though would make his natural teeth blend seamlessly with his crowns.
- Prepless veneers: If he wants a smile makeover to last him for decades, Keanu could choose prepless veneers. These super-thin porcelain shields are customized to fit over the teeth without grinding down the tooth enamel to make room for them. Some dental patients like the option to reverse their cosmetic dental procedures should they choose to. If Keanu were to get a smile makeover then be lambasted online and in print for it, he could always go back to the Keanu everyone is used to and have the prepless veneers removed.
Celebs get picked on day in and day out for their appearance, but they’ve chosen to live a life in the spotlight. Perfection is subjective, and some actors have made a name for themselves because they don’t have great teeth.
Keanu may feel no pressure to change what’s worked for him thus far, but if you have any of the same characteristics in your smile, you may want do something for yourself. Don’t be Sad Keanu. Talk to Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Madison Avenue office in Midtown Manhattan about a smile makeover. Schedule a consultation today.