With seven decades of being on the throne, making her the longest-running monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II has had an amazing life no other. Every year we see her all over the UK sharing her beautiful smile, but the question is, how does she keep her smile so white and straight?
Contrary to what you might first think, Queen Elizabeth II has all of her own teeth and doesn’t wear dentures. However, this is highly speculated as to whether they are all her own or whether she has had work completed on them to give them that pearly shine.
Let’s dive in to find out whether her teeth are hers, how they look so great despite being in her 90s, and why her teeth haven’t turned out like her mother’s.
Everyone Expected the Worst
There’s no denying that the general public would have thought Queen Elizabeth’s teeth would have gone a bit by the wayside by now. These expectations were due to her mother, Queen Elizabeth, who was famous for having bad teeth during her elderly years.
However, the opposite is the reality. The Queen is globally famous for her glorious royal gnashers, and many professionals and members of the public alike have been questioning how this is the case. Indeed she must be wearing fake teeth or dentures to have such pearly whites?
In 2019, Matthew Rose, a restorative dentist at The Centre Hove & Hayward’s Heath, told the Express that she must have had some dental work done to have them so bright.
He admits that it appears that all the Queen’s teeth are, in fact, 100% her own, but she would have had some cosmetic dental works of sorts to get them looking like they do.
He suggests that she must have had crowns or veneers at some point to help combat the natural effects of aging on the teeth. All this proves how her smile looks this fantastic while she’s out and about.
How is it All Possible?
If you’re wondering how the Queen has managed to keep such perfect teeth, well, you’re in luck. In February 2020, the Queen was touring the Royal National ENT and the Eastman Dental hospitals to mark the new buildings’ opening.
During her tour, she was handed a dental wire brace to look at by a teaching nurse. She then went on to say, ‘I had wires, luckily a very long time ago,’ as reported by The Sun newspaper. She then continued the tour and spoke with Ila Aristovich, a ten-year-old on the ward, having braces put in himself.
In her true natural style, the Queen reassured the boy by saying, ‘I think it’s worth it, in the end.’ What a pleasure it was to have her visit, reported the staff and teaching nurses afterward.
So, we know now that Her Majesty had wire braces put in when she was younger, but that could have been 80 years ago. How can the effects last this long?
Her Majesty’s Current Dental Practice
As of 2016, the MWRFCA reported that Col. Peter Jackson, an army reservist and NW RFCA Military Selected Member, had been appointed as Her Majesty’s Honorary Dental Surgeon.
At any time, there are always two honorary dental surgeons appointed to the queen, and this is the first time in over 30 years a reservist has been given the role.
Mark Richardson is the second dentist of the two who was appointed back in 2018. Now, it’s worth noting that these men are the only dentists the Queen has. She has a broad range of medical staff who visit her and travel with her no matter where she goes in the world.
The position of being the Queen’s dentist is an honorary one, but the two will take it in turns to carry out examinations and check-ups, working alongside Her Majesty’s full-time team.
In their free time, the two honorary dentists will look after the dental health of the soldiers and staff in their military positions.
With this professional help, plus an obviously rigorous personal dental routine the Queen must carry out daily, topped with a little bit of cosmetic work here and then, it’s no wonder Her Majesty has such a beautiful smile that continues to captivate leaders of the world and members of the general public wherever she goes.
A far cry from her Mother’s dental health, the Queen can once again be an inspiration to us all, being living proof that if you look after your teeth properly from a young age, you can enjoy your own teeth in the best condition for the rest of your life.