British women have voted for their favourite beauty inspirations – and cosmetic surgery appears to have shaped many of these iconic looks.
Three out of five of the top beauty icons for British women have undergone cosmetic work on their teeth.
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, singer Cheryl and This Morning host Holly Willoughby have all had orthodontic treatment that worked to provide them with dazzling smiles.
All of these celebrities were voted as one of the top British beauty icons, according to a survey carried out by Instant Effects.
Other women to take a top spot include actresses Angelina Jolie and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley and Kim Kardashian also feature in the top 20.
It has been reported that the Duchess of Cambridge underwent work that involved ‘micro-rotations’ of her teeth for a natural, but improved, look.
The former is an invisible – and removable – brace which are trimmed to the patient’s exact gum line and gradually works to transform their teeth.
The aligners are usually changed every two weeks as the patient’s teeth are shifted little by little.
And Cfast braces focus on the top and bottom front six teeth, using clear orthodontic brackets and tooth-coloured wires.
The wires put gentle pressure on the brackets to align and level teeth with as little discomfort as possible.
Singer Alexandra Burke and actor Ross Adams have also opted for Cfast in the past in a bid for a stunning smile.
This comes as research shows that orthodontic treatment before the age of 18 helps to improve oral health-related quality of life – especially emotional and social wellbeing.
Conducted at the University of Sheffield School of Clinical Dentistry, Professor Philip Benson says practicing orthodontists always hear from young orthodontic patients about how they are no longer afraid to smile or have their photograph taken.
Conclusions were drawn after combining the data of a number of relevant studies – with Professor Benson adding that they showed improvement was ‘moderately large’ in the areas of emotional and social wellbeing.