Health & Beauty

We Tried In-Chair Teeth Whitening And Here’s What You Need To Know

By Reyam Ghanim
23rd Jan 2019

When I first heard about Sparkling White Smile I couldn’t believe my ears: a mobile teeth whitening company that takes your teeth from five to 14 shades whiter? It sounded too good to be true. 

After trying a bunch of different teeth whitening services, I had personally given up on ever having whiter teeth. The years of long macs topped up with soy had damaged them beyond repair. Needless to say, after seeing all the amazing results from others who had tried this luxury service, I felt compelled to give it a go myself.

Sparkling White Smile founder Alison Egan came into our office to perform the whitening, and getting to chat to her about the success of her business had me even more excited to see the final results. Settling into the reclining chair, I felt extremely comfortable. I then put the dental retractor on and trying to talk felt like a hilarious game of Watch Ya Mouth. Let’s just say it was one of the funniest (and drooliest) days in the office.  

I opted for the Triple Treatment which takes your teeth up to seven shades lighter in one sitting.  My teeth are quite sensitive, so I didn’t expect the treatment to be pain-free, and while it did sting, it wasn’t totally unbearable. A little tip from me to you, have your phone ready to take some seriously hilarious selfies. The process takes almost two hours and your mouth feels so good once the dental retractor comes out. 

The hardest part about the whole process was definitely not being able to eat anything for three hours after, so be sure to have a big meal beforehand. After the treatment is done your teeth continue to develop for up to 72 hours, so it’s best to avoid foods and drinks that stain; if it’s not white or clear in colour, it’s pretty much a no. Luckily for those of us who enjoy a hump day beverage, gin and tonics are clear as day and completely fine to have after a treatment.  

Alison gave me a take home kit that included a list of things to avoid: a little whitening pen to be applied every day to keep your smile looking bright and a few other goodies that help your teeth maintain their new colour. 

I was shocked at how white my teeth were immediately after the treatment. My gums were whiter in some spots, but that was completely normal and faded after a few hours. All appointments come with a six-week top up following the same process as the initial appointment and is all you need to guarantee a sparkling white smile for the next 12 months. 

Don’t believe me? Check out their Instagram account for all the incredible results.

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Image credit: Mpumelelo Macu

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