Dreaming of a White Christmas?

As day follows night, at some point during your engagement thoughts will turn to teeth whitening.

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As day follows night, at some point during your engagement thoughts will turn to teeth whitening.

I’ve had bad experiences with teeth whitening. The gel causes electric shocks to my sensitive teeth and receding gums, you give over every night for weeks to religiously enduring the mouth guard and its resultant stream of slobber only to give an lightening effect similar to brushing your teeth. But needs must and my needs are teeth so white I could present the X factor.

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I’d heard great reports about Dr Wyman Chan at Smile Studio from our beauty writer Amy Lawrenson, and Chan specialises in sensitivity free gel and “a Hollywood smile in your lunch hour”. A quick check of its website shows all the TV popstrels have been treated there, Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, some Saturdays - just the ticket.

The studio is on London’s Shaftesbury Avenue and you begin with an one hour appointment where Chan photographs your teeth and sets you up for your first session with the wy10 gel which is activated by a mini heat lamp to wipe out stains. One 40 minute session, no electric shock. You’re then shown how to repeat the process at home with a take-away kit and devote 40 minutes each evening for just 5 consecutive nights to achieve five shades lighter. Any longer than this and I would have given up so I was very pleased that I saw progress each day that I did it. Are my teeth five shades lighter? No idea and I’m a way off X Factor White but I’m happy with the results. And best of all, it didn’t hurt.

The Get2smile treatment is usually £595, but currently is on Christmas offer at £295. Visit the clinic here

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