The Truth About Chrissy Teigen's Fake Teeth

Looking great is a part of being a celebrity. There are some who look totally different without makeup. Others completely transformed their appearance via plastic surgery. Many indulge in strange beauty routines, like applying live leeches to their skin à la Demi Moore, or getting a "vampire facial" like Kim Kardashian. As for Chrissy Teigen, she told Refinery29 in 2016, "I really do love to do things that are nice and simple," before realizing that she too has indulged in some "weird" things for beauty.

The Sports Illustrated model told the website the story behind getting her veneers, admitting, "I shaved away my teeth and made them into little pencil points for nice teeth, that's kind of weird if you think about it." The mother-of-two admitted, "I was a notorious teeth-grinder, so all my front teeth became a couple millimeters shorter."

The truth is that's not that "weird," especially in Hollywood. There are many celebrities who have gone to extreme lengths to change up their smiles. Veneers are actually a pretty common solution to "fix" someone's smile because "teeth cannot heal themselves naturally, so the only way to restore her original anatomy is artificially, using porcelain," cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi explained exclusively to Nicki Swift

While veneers are highly prevalent among celebs, they're not cheap, with Dr. Tozzi sharing, "I have seen prices range from $1000-$3500 per tooth. I imagine she invested wisely in her smile and paid upwards of $2000/tooth." That's quite the investment (for most people, anyway), but it was seemingly the only option.

Chrissy Teigen's new smile goes beyond veneers

Having a picture-perfect smile is a must for models like Chrissy Teigen, but getting veneers isn't purely aesthetic. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Michaela Tozzi told Nicki Swift, "Patients choose to get a smile makeover for both functional and cosmetic purposes." She explained that "veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of porcelain that cover the front surfaces of teeth, giving an improved appearance to the smile."

In regard to Teigen specifically, Dr. Tozzi clarified, "The procedure she actually had done was a smile makeover utilizing full-coverage crowns. To restore length that's been worn away, the porcelain covers the tooth 360 degrees, not just the front surface (180 degrees)." She continued, "With crown preparations, more tooth structure is removed, and, therefore, some teeth may appear as 'little pencil points,'" just as Teigen described.

Dr. Tozzi shared that when patients grind their teeth, "the teeth get worn down, giving a shorter appearance," which is common, to a certain extent. However, the dentist points out that when some people "take their stress out on their teeth via clenching and grinding," the effects can be much more noticeable, hence why so many people get veneers to change up their grins.

Teigen tweaking her smile is child's play in the game of celebrity makeovers, but it is still much more elaborate than just masking natural teeth.