The Surgical Secret Behind Kate's Smile
A French dentist tweaks smiles in 'imperfect' way
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2011 12:19 PM CST
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Summerfield Community Centre, on August 19, 2011 in Birmingham, England.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – If Kate Middleton's smile seems white but not flashy, pretty but not perfect—you guessed it, she paid for it to look that way. The Duchess of Cambridge had her teeth whitened and "rotated" by French dentist Didier Fillion, who specializes in enhancing smiles without making them look flawless, the Daily Mail reports. "You know why they look so good? Because they are not absolutely aligned," a colleague says. "The problem in the United States is they have a very artificial vision."

Fillion uses software to show clients how their grin will appear after the procedure. Then he "micro-rotates" teeth and supports them with invisible braces. The total cost? Somewhere between $6,000 to $17,000. Fillion will neither confirm nor deny any surgical procedure on the duchess, but we know he's worked on Kelly Brook and Sadie Front. Fillion says every client is more than just a set of choppers: "I consider every single patient as a unique individual with a past history, with concerns, and also with dreams."