Kelly Ripa Shares Surprising Behind-The-Scenes Oscars Prep

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Kelly Ripa shared a behind-the-scenes clip to her Instagram story of her Oscars prep. She has been readying herself not only for her walk down the red carpet as an attendee of the event — which takes place at the Dolby Theater on Sunday, February 9 — but for a taping of the annual Live with Kelly and Ryan Oscars aftershow.

The blond entertainment dynamo took a video selfie at the dentist. She appears to be having her teeth whitened so her smile is sparkling for Hollywood’s biggest night.

“Academy Award teeth,” she wrote in the post’s caption.

Seated in a dentist’s chair, Kelly looked directly at the camera in the clip.

The talk show host had a rubber shield in her mouth, protecting her gums from the chemicals applied to her teeth to brighten them. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching, as reported by the American Dental Association, which said these types of treatments can take upwards of 30 to 60 minutes.

Kelly had what appears to be air pods in her ears, perhaps listening to music or a podcast while the treatment took place.

The host’s self-deprecating humor was on display throughout the clip. Her eyes were wide and bright, and she used a filter to add a scribble of pink to her cheeks as well as some yellow and green moons and stars to the footage before uploading it to Instagram.

It appears Kelly took off the stage makeup she wears daily as the host of Live with Kelly and Ryan alongside Ryan Seacrest, showing off instead a youthful-looking face and clear skin for her fans.

Kelly also tagged the office she had the procedure completed in — Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor, a dentist’s office in New York City.

The office’s official Instagram site describes their business as a place that “perfects the smiles of top celebrities & public figures.” Their motto is, “Your Smile, Only Better.”

Kelly posted another photo from a visit to their office in 2018, where she posed alongside actress Ellen Barkin.

The host’s annual trip to Hollywood will culminate with her and co-host Ryan taking over the stage at the Dolby Theater to host a live version of their show, just hours after the awards ceremony concludes.

Kelly and Ryan will welcome Oscar winners on their morning show Monday, February 10. The official site of Live with Kelly and Ryan reveals that fans can request tickets to attend the taping if they will be in the Hollywood area.