Zoom! Chairside Whitening System
Best for: Those that want a smile to rival Tom Cruise
Duration: One hour
Sessions required: One
Do it at: The Hollywood Smile Clinic, call (04) 423 3634.
I’m on a sofa, plinky music is playing, everything is white and Marilyn Monroe is smiling down on me… no, I’m not in heaven. I’m at The Hollywood Smile Clinic for the Zoom! Chairside Whitening System. I’d popped in a week ago to have my teeth checked for any problems and I’m now back to bring on the bling. After filling my mouth with a contraption to keep my jaw apart, Dr Lina Hamdan applies a whitening gel (killer ingredient is hydrogen peroxide) onto my teeth before attaching the whitening system (a plastic box with lots of wires) to the apparatus in my mouth. It sounds freaky, but it’s painless. I can’t speak, so I’m handed a piece of paper and a bell should I need to attract attention. The treatment works by blasting three 15-minute cycles of ‘light’ and oxygen onto my teeth and results should last for a year. During it, my teeth do feel sensitive – but watching TV gets me through. Forty-five minutes later my teeth are bright white and I leave with a gorgeous new grin and a gum shield (aftercare is essential).
The verdict? Pass the pain barrier and you’ll get brilliant results.