With the Summer 2016 Olympics in Rio just days away, now is a fine time to highlight some of the most notable smiles in sports, from Olympians to major leaguers. When athletes win big, their smiles can be seen for days. And who doesn’t love a good smile? While most of the athletes on this list have some of the best smiles in sports, there are a few who don’t make the grade and could definitely do with a smile makeover.
Here are some of the best smiles in sports:
He may have fallen from grace a time or two, but golf phenom Tiger Woods is known as much for his athletic prowess as his megawatt smile. Is he wearing porcelain veneers? Maybe. Or perhaps he was just blessed with a great set of dental DNA along with a famous swing.
She’s made a name for herself as one of the few girls of Nascar, but Danica Patrick is also known for her fine smile. She isn’t afraid to show those pearly whites on the track and off the track in endorsements, which, no doubt, she may not have landed without a lovely smile to accompany them.
He may be known for scowling more than smiling, but New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a perfectly aligned and white set of teeth when he does deign to grin. Some might say his teeth are a little short and could be improved with porcelain veneers, but it seems Brady is holding up just fine against his supermodel wife.
She just won Wimbledon – again – and that made Serena Williams smile big and show off her perfect smile. But there was a time when Williams didn’t have absolutely white and straight teeth – a few were a little out of alignment. Was it Invisalign or porcelain veneers that perfected her smile? She’s unlikely to ever tell.
Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is talented and handsome, but if you hunt for old photos of the super soccer star you’ll discover pics of him with less-than-perfect teeth. Some reshaping in the likely form of porcelain veneers gave him the megawatt winner’s smile he has today.
And now for two of the worst smiles in modern sports:
The Washington Capitals’ captain Alexander Ovechkin is a superstar on the ice, but this hockey player took a puck to the face that left him one tooth short. While Ovechkin has said he’s not going to bother getting the hole in his smile filled before he’s done playing professional hockey, when the time comes for repairs a dental implant is probably going to be his best option for its permanence and natural appearance.
The most decorated Olympian of all time is a physical specimen to behold – except when it comes to his teeth. Michael Phelps is known for his unique speech pattern and unusually shaped mouth, affected by his crowded teeth. Invisalign might be enough to correct the problem, but Phelps seems pretty satisfied with life as-is.
Athletes are at risk for damaged smiles no matter what sport they play. Collisions, falls, hits to the face with a piece of sports equipment – any of these issues can create an oral health problem. But the right restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry can repair whatever aesthetic issue is at hand. Learn more about how to protect your teeth while playing sports or training. Make an appointment with Dr. Yolanda Cintron at the International Center for Dental Excellence in Fort Lauderdale.