Happy New Year! I was watching the Presidential Inauguration on television the other day. After basking in the grandeur of such a significant moment, I caught myself wondering if President Barack Obama's smile was the product of an Orthodontist's handiwork. I immediately began searching the web and was unable to come up with a definitive answer on whether our new President ever had braces or not. However, a by-product of my curiosity search included a list of celebrities who did indeed have orthodontic treatment at some point in their lives. The list includes many athletes (Brett Favre, Sam Bowie, Venus Williams, Hale Irwin, Carl Lewis, Jason Kidd, Anna Kournikova, Annika Sorenstam, Tracey Austin, Terrell Davis, Scott Hamilton, Martina Hingis, Bobby Hurley, Nancy Kerrigan, David Robinson, Monica Seles), actors and actresses (Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Carol Burnett, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Phyllis Diller, Linda Evans, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ashley Judd, Jack Klugman, Janet Leigh, Heather Locklear, Alyssa Milano, Tamera and Tia Mowry), musicians and singers (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, Lee Ann Womack, Cher) and professional models (Tyra Banks, Cindy Crawford, Angie Harmon, Paulina Porizkova, Nikki Taylor). Other famous "Braces Alumni" include psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, presidential daughters Amy Carter and Chelsea Clinton, Princess Diana and Prince Harry. It seems like everybody-including the President of the United States-can certainly benefit from a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
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