Did Kate Middleton wear braces?
KATE Middleton's teeth have captivated royal fans for years with photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, 40, often showing her full wide grin, revealing her pearly whites.
However, this is not a perfect white, veneered smile but one with some imperfections that only serve to make the Duchess of Cambridge even prettier.
Did Kate Middleton have braces?
Before her royal wedding in 2011, Kate reportedly had some minor dental work done.
At the time of the announcement, the Daily Mail reported that Kate had visited Dr Didier Fillion, a French-born orthodontist, to straighten out her teeth.
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Dr Fillion specialises in fitting braces from behind, so that they are invisible, costing between £3,000 and £6,000 for a top brace.
Photos of Kate as a child show that she had worn a brace at the age of 12, although this was a standard visible brace.
Prince William also had braces as a child and was thought to have a permanent retainer on his lower jaw before the wedding too.
Does Kate Middleton whiten her teeth?
It's unclear whether Kate Middleton whitens her teeth.
She does not have any veneers or bonding, which allows her smile to remain natural and imperfect.
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With lingual braces (braces behind your teeth), the movement of the teeth is small, micro rotations.
This means that the teeth never perfectly align, straightening the teeth without removing all natural imperfections.
Dentist Dr. Rhonda told Hello: "Kate's lateral incisors, which are next to her central incisors, are slightly rotated towards the middle.
"This creates a more natural smile."
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This natural shape, combined with light whitening, gives a perfectly imperfect smile.
British smiles tend to be less brilliantly white and flawless than that of our American cousins, so it is fitting that the Duchess's smile mirrors that of the nation.
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