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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/13/2011

Kate Middleton's picture-perfect smile

By Autumn Brewington

A British columnist suggests that Kate had a consultation for "a teeth-whitening makeover." (AP)

We do not claim expertise on American or British thinking about British teeth. We've read Sarah Lyall's book, "The Anglo Files," which has a chapter on teeth, and a couple of articles here and there.

Then today we read Richard Kay's column speculating that Kate Middleton had her teeth whitened ahead of the announcement she was to marry Prince William.

Yes, we grinned.

Kay writes that Kate had an initial £100 ­consultation with orthodontist Didier Fillion on London's Wimpole Street "around a year ago." This was reportedly for "a teeth-whitening makeover."

We know enough about the British tendency to forgo braces or other cosmetic dental treatment to think that was amusing. It suggests that if the world's cameras are trained on you, the desire to look good is universal.

Kay apparently interviewed Fillion, writing that the orthodontist "is reluctant to discuss his soon-to-be-royal ­client" but that he would talk about his work. According to Kay, Fillion ­specializes in applying braces behind the teeth, so their presence is unknown, and he has reportedly developed, in connection with a lab in South Korea, 3D digital technology that can shave months from the period for which braces are worn.

This seems fine, but we were a little skeptical of what came next:

"Kate had dental work as a child, and it is known that she wore a ­conventional brace at the age of 12. Noticeably, however, a gap between her two front teeth remained -- until recently."

The implication, of course, is that Kate wore invisible braces. Now, we have seen a lot of pictures of Kate Middleton in the past few years. We don't recall one in which she has a gap in her teeth. If anything, we have marveled at how often she looks -- pardon the pun -- picture perfect. We would love for someone to show us this "gap."

Kay's next paragraph: "Her gleaming new smile looks as though it was topped off with a course of teeth whitening to give that Hollywood sparkle." The language suggests Kay isn't actually sure Kate had her teeth whitened but thought it couldn't hurt to drop in a reference to Hollywood. Overall, an interesting read -- but we're not sure the facts and suggestions, well, align.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 13, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Fashion, Kate Middleton, Media coverage  
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