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Lucy Mecklenburgh’s teeth may look perfect on screen, but the star has revealed that it actually takes some clever dentistry to keep them looking pearly white.
Taking to her Instagram Stories to discuss a recent dentist appointment, the mum-of-one revealed one of her teeth had turned completely black.
She said: “[My dentist] has such a hard time with my teeth, because basically one of my teeth has died – it’s had to have root canal,” Lucy says, pointing to one of her top front incisors.
“But I can’t have internal bleaching because I’m breastfeeding, so he has to cover it with composite [bonding].”
“It’s completely black,” she continues, inserting a photo of her naturally discoloured tooth on the screen. “And now you can’t see at all!”
Lucy also comments that the next step in her quest for perfect teeth will be bleaching, when she stops breastfeeding, 15 month old son Roman, and if that doesn't work, then she might get a veneer.
While a dentist appointment might not be everyone’s idea of a good time, Lucy remarks that she really enjoys going.
“I actually love going to the dentist,” the former TOWIE star says. “Teki, who has been my dentist for a few years now, he’s so lovely – he’s like the nicest person ever, so I actually enjoy going.”
Lucy’s boyfriend Ryan Thomas also visited the same clinic that day for an appointment. “He’s having some bits and bobs done,” Lucy says.
Lucy’s dentist is Dr Teki Sowdani, who also counts celebs like Ferne McCann, Vicky Pattison and Gabby Allen as clients.
Appointments at his Teeth By Teki clinic in London’s Islington are famously booked up to a year in advance, with patients clamouring to sign up for his signature “your teeth but better” dental work – a treatment process that typically involves Invisalign, whitening then composite bonding.
What is composite bonding?
Composite bonding is an enamel-like material that is moulded onto the tooth into the desired shape, then hardened. It’s safe to have done while breastfeeding, lasts for about five years, and is often used as a non-invasive alternative to veneers.
Speaking exclusively to OK! , Teki says: “I disagree with taking virgin teeth and instantly filing them down and putting veneers on. It’s just not the right thing to do.
“Composite bonding is artistic, and relies on freehand skills. The artistic part of veneers aren’t done by the dentist; they’re done by the technician.”
Prices for composite bonding vary by dentist – at Teeth By Teki it costs £350 per tooth. However, Teki warns against just booking straight in.
“One of the biggest mistakes I see is composite bonding being done on teeth that aren’t straight,” he explains. “It might save the client £2k and time [on having them straightened first], but ultimately it’s not going to work well.”
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