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Hugh Jackman vs. Tom Cruise: Can You Spot the Fake Smile?

Cosmetic dentist Michael Apa, who has practices in Dubai and New York City, works on celebrities like Hunter Parrish and Matt Dillon (though, full disclosure, not on Hugh Jackman or Tom Cruise, pictured below). Our resident expert breaks down the difference between a natural-looking smile and, um, a not-so one (sorry, Tom).


Hugh Jackman

Tom Cruise

1. "This is a healthy color: They're not yellow, but they're not overly white either. They fit with his complexion, and that's important."

2. "He has the right amount of display—enough of the teeth without too much of the gums," says Apa, who explains that showing less of the top teeth and more of the bottom is a sign of aging.

3. "The bottoms of his top teeth—starting with his upper-right canine, which is flatter from wear—are all equal in length." Two top front teeth that extend slightly below the rest are considered "perfect," but worn looks more natural. Apa says, "Longer front teeth would look foolish on him."

1. "When Tom did Risky Business, he was very likable because he had big front teeth and a strong nose. That matches. But the problem was his right front tooth was dead center in the middle of his face, where the midline should be," explains Apa, who thinks he had his teeth shifted to the right but overcompensated. "Unfortunately, it looks like what happened is they shifted his whole upper jaw."

2. "I'm guessing the two front teeth are crowns. The color is off, the opacity is off. They're dense-looking compared to his other teeth."

Proof positive that the new perfect smile isn't that perfect.

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Photographs courtesy of Getty Images.
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