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This week, I try… teeth whitening
Philips Zoom! WhiteSpeed uses LED light to activate a whitening gel that is applied to the teeth over four 15-minute sessions. First, an impression is taken of my teeth to create bleaching trays for home use, to keep teeth looking whiter longer. A layer of gauze is applied to my gums, along with a tongue barrier, then the gel is applied. The lights are dimmed and the treatment begins. The mouth restraint feels a little odd at the start, but by the end of the first session I’m almost dozing off. After 10 minutes, a beep goes off to break up the time. Before I know it, my sessions are over — the entire treatment taking just 90 minutes.
The advice is to take paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets to reduce any sensitivity. My pain threshold is quite high and I am quietly confident that pain won’t be a problem. I am proved right.
No coloured foods for 48 hours, as teeth are susceptible to staining post-treatment. So steer clear of tomato sauce, berries, coffee, red wine and tea. The list of pale things you can ingest does include “sauvignon blanc”; love it.
My teeth look sparkling and fresh and several shades whiter.
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