Everyone knows George Washington wore dentures. By the time he reached the age of 22, he had only one tooth left. While they weren’t made of wood, the first President of the United States did indeed have false teeth.
Did you know that many other famous people have false teeth? While cosmetic procedures such as veneers can change a star’s smile, in some cases this is simply not enough. And the further back in history you go, the more limited the restoration options were. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous people to sport a set of false teeth over the years.
Washington is not the only politician to have had dentures. Winston Churchill’s false teeth are the “dentures that helped win WWII.” He had his device fashioned to preserve his lisp, making his voice instantly recognizable in wartime broadcasts. One set of the British Prime Minister’s teeth are on display at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London. In 2010, another pair was sold at auction for £15,200.
One more well known politician with dentures is Joe Biden, the current Vice President of the United States. His dentures are sometimes the source of some amusement, and even had their own twitter account.
Politicians aren’t the only ones to replace missing teeth. Celebrities of all kinds have been known to wear dentures, especially Hollywood stars dependent on their good looks. In his heyday, Clark Gable was known as one of the most handsome men in the business. However, having suffered from severe periodontitis, his dentist had removed most of his teeth by his early 30’s.
Even child stars may have to wear false teeth from time to time. When Emma Watson was cast in Harry Potter, she was only nine years old, and hadn’t yet lost all of her primary teeth. In order to keep her character, Hermione, from sporting gaps in her smile, the young actress wore partial dentures to hide both the holes and her age.
Celebrities are known for cosmetic procedures that keep them looking young and beautiful all the time. Dental problems, especially missing teeth, can be extremely embarrassing, so many of the celebrities who get dentures do not advertise the fact. This leaves their audiences guessing exactly what work they have had done. People such as Lou Reed, Ben Afleck, and Snooki have all been rumored to have dentures, but nothing is confirmed.
Florence Henderson, best known for her work on The Brady Bunch, is well known for wearing dentures–except she never wore them! She worked as a spokesperson for Polident for a decade, leading people to believe she had false teeth. According to her, she advertises for them because other members of her family use the product and love it. When asked, she says, “I never claim to use the product myself in the commercials!”