I never really understood the hype around teeth whitening. In the past I had used home kits that didn’t make much of difference after using for a few months so I always gave up. My teeth were ‘normal’. They were neither severely curry stained nor what would be referred to as ‘pearly whites’ – but two bottom teeth that had become heavily coffee stained. Usually after a hygiene treatment at the dentist, the stains reduced by 50% but never really disappeared. I guess these were my problem areas and I thank my aunt for so kindly pointing out how bad they looked.
So I was on the hunt for somewhere I could have my teeth whitened without breaking my bank balance. I came across numerous vouchers online offering teeth whitening at heavily discounted rates but was quite wary after having read a number of horror stories where people had suffered terrible burns with many of the cheaper options around.
I came across two types of teeth whitening procedures – dental and cosmetic. Dental procedures use a higher concentration of bleach and can cost up to £1000. This was not an option for me. Cosmetic whitening on the other hand was affordable and has been adapted for the beauty industry to provide a more gentle treatment.
My search came to a halt as I was still hesitant and not convinced as to how safe the treatment was until I had been introduced to Diamond Teeth Whitening by a friend whose manky brown teeth looked amazingly white and polished! I wanted mine done by whoever did hers.
The treatment took approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Unlike many whitening treatments, Farah, my diamond therapist, made sure my teeth had 3 full cycles (3 x 20minutes) under the specially designed cold light. I was warned that I might feel some sensitivity but this wasn’t the case. The only problem I had was the duration of the whole treatment.
It was a very boring hour and thirty minutes but well worth the wait. My teeth (which like I said really weren’t that bad) were 15 shades whiter – 2 shades less than porcelain veneers! My two problem teeth were completely clean. My teeth today six weeks on remain spotless.
Downsides: I have to drink coffee through a straw in fear of my two bottom teeth becoming stained again. The recommended aftercare regime can be tedious, which is to be done for an hour once a month to keep up the amazing results. Cost: Not something which one would do regularly as each treatment costs between £149- £199, however it is definitely something I now recommend to bridal clients as it makes a huge difference. If teeth are well looked after, the results of this treatment can last up to two years
Samihah is the personal makeup artist for Hijablicious, helps on our shoots and makes sure our models are looking beautiful. A headhunter by day, she also runs her own makeup company specialising in bridal and party makeup. She will be bringing you reviews of various beauty products and treatments as well as advice, tips and step-by-step pictorials.View all Samihah posts.