I don't think everyone's teeth is naturally white. I know mine aren't, no matter how many times I brush, my teeth don't appear white in the mirror. They do appear shiny, like pearls, but never white. Although I could discount the time when someone's shining white light on them; then they do appear white.

But in movies, everyone strictly must have white teeth, sometimes I see some people's teeth appear too white.

Do stars whose teeth aren't naturally white need regular whitening by a dentist?

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    – Walt
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 18:43
  • No. Plenty don't have pearly white teeth (Steve Buschemi comes to mind). However, it's likely that leading men and women do this, just as they do other aesthetic upkeep such as hair replacement and skin tightening. Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 18:57
  • In any case, I don't know who's going to force them to do it, so I'm not sure what 'need' really means. They don't need to do anything to their bodies that they don't want to.
    – Walt
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 19:00
  • IMO the only reason most celibrities are known is that they all meet certain standards and having white teeth is just the minimum.
    – Alexandre
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 19:03
  • @Walt Well, I'd say Steve is an exception. I even saw him ranked in the most ugly actors poll on some website once. Probably of no importance, but still. I'd say ones whose appearance matters very much, like top models or actors like Tom Cruise or Pierce Brosnan...
    – cst1992
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 19:04

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Do they need regular teeth whitening? Sure, if that's their image

According to one article:

A staggering 45 million Americans – 14 per cent of the population – have had professional teeth whitening, according to data guru Mintel. This is compared to just 3 per cent in the UK.

It appears that Americans value a white smile very highly:

...half of Americans believe a bright white smile is the most memorable feature when first meeting someone, according to the American Association of Cosmetic Dentists (AACD), more important even than what that person says.

If you are an actor looking to 'break' America, you may consider having a "desirable" smile to enhance your image.

While many roles might require false teeth which enhance teeth in some way (for example Jim Carrey in The Mask or Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody), an actor may well want to maintain a certain image off-camera if they felt it might lead to better public image, or perhaps more regular roles.

In a similar way, some actors (male and female) will wear makeup to red-carpet appearances - so it's clear that there is an expectation either from themselves, or from others (perhaps management) to maintain a "perfect image".

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