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6 celebrities who wore braces or clear aligners as adults 

April 19, 2023
6 celebrities who wore braces or clear aligners as adults 

Celebrities live a different life to most. But when it comes to our teeth, we’ve got the same concerns! You may be surprised to know that many of our favourite stars have opted for braces treatment, as adults – showing that you’re never too old to look after your smile.  

Take a look at who below! 


Tom Cruise  

He’s showbiz royalty but it might surprise you to know that Tom Cruise’s smile hasn’t always been so iconic. The Top Gun star had braces well into his career, at about age 40. He famously walked the red carpet for the premiere of his 2002 movie Minority Report with ceramic braces.  

Kate Middleton 

It’s a smile fit for a princess – but the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s pearly whites have had some help. In the lead-up to her showstopping 2011 royal wedding, it’s reported the Duchess (then aged 29) underwent orthodontic treatment to straighten her teeth – likely in the form of lingual braces,  (which are fixed to the inner side of each tooth.  

Zac Efron 

Actor Zac Efron is another celebrity who rocked orthodontic treatment as an adult. The High School Music star’s boyish grin and gap tooth was transformed into a perfect smile after he opted for clear aligner treatment – famed for their barely there look.  

Katherine Hiegl 

Beloved Hollywood star Katherine Hiegl has also been open about her experience with clear aligner treatment, which she underwent in the lead-up to her wedding in 2008. Coincidently, at the time, the actress was filming romcom 27 Dresses, where she played a bridesmaid – but said it was her own impending wedding that spurred her to try clear aligners.  

Gwen Stefani 

Known for her incredible voice and funky style, scene, Gwen Stefani flaunted pink hair and metal braces at the turn of the century. The talented singer has previously spoken about how after making her mark on the music scene, she put her money towards orthodontic treatment – something she was thrilled to be able to afford at about age 30.  

Cristiano Ronaldo  

And last but certainly not least – internationally renowned soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo also had ceramic braces to correct misaligned teeth. He was also missing one of his front teeth, and had treatment to make way for an implant.   

What age can you get braces?  

If these celebrities have taught us anything it’s that you’re never too old to look after your smile. Braces and other orthodontic treatment can provide you with confidence at any stage of life – provided that your teeth and gums are healthy.  

Am I too old for braces?  

The short answer is no! There’s no set age bracket for getting braces or other forms of orthodontic treatment. But your orthodontist will consider your circumstances and advise what is best for you.  

How much do braces cost for adults? 

The cost of braces isn’t based on age – but on the type and severity of your treatment requirements.  

As a guide, in Australia braces can typically cost:  

  • Metal braces (traditional braces): $6,000 – $11,000 
  • Ceramic braces: $6,500 – $9,500 
  • Lingual braces: $9,500 – $15,000 
  • Clear aligners: $6,500 – $9,500 

* Note these prices are typically for a 15-to-18-month treatment period that not only straightens teeth, but helps to correctly align the jaw as well, and includes the cost of regular consultations to monitor the progress of your treatment. 

If a celebrity can rock braces as an adult, so can you! If you’re an adult considering orthodontic treatment, reach out to a trusted specialist orthodontist today! You can find one near you using our finder tool.  

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