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Tooth contouring – say what? You’ll be glad to hear that this doesn’t involve blending any foundation into your teeth. Tooth contouring is part of the Mini Smile Makeover at The Harley Street Smile Clinic. It’s a procedure that subtly reshapes your teeth by filing them with the most advanced dental equipment. If you squirm easily, you’re probably shuddering right now, but I promise you - it’s nowhere near as bad as what you’re imagining. Combined with stain removal and an at-home whitening kit, the procedure aims to enhance your own teeth by improving any crooked or uneven parts of your smile.
Chelsea Hughes, Picture & Multimedia Producer.
I’ve been longing for the whitest-of-white teeth since forever. Photo-editing apps have been doing the job for me, until now.
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I’ve never had a procedure like this before, so it’s totally new to me. I was just looking for something that enhanced my smile without adding any fakery. I wouldn’t want to go as far as veneers or caps, I just wanted to improve on what I already have. I was also looking for something that was affordable, as some cosmetic dental procedures can really burn a hole in your purse.
When arriving at the clinic I was excited but totally cringing-out at the thought of having my teeth filed. The lovely Dr Sahil Patel was the dentist carrying out the procedure. We chatted about what parts of my smile I wasn’t happy about and what I wanted to improve. He talked me through each stage of the appointment and answered any questions I had. Dentist appointments don’t bother me too much, but if you are slightly nervous about it, Dr Sahil Patel would definitely make you feel at ease.
The first stage of my appointment was to have a mould taken, so that my whitening trays would be ready to take home after my appointment. My memory of teeth moulds wasn’t great as I had them for braces when I was 13. They were much more comfortable than I remember; no need to repeat ‘breathe through the nose’ over and over in my head.
The second stage of the was stain blasting. This is where Dr Sahil Patel removed any stains or plaque that cannot be removed by brushing alone. It felt just like a normal clean at a dentist or hygienist, nothing too uncomfortable. This method is used prior to whitening as the bleach won’t have to battle against any existing stains. It was done in just a few minutes, which was a great result for a red wine and coffee-drinker like myself.
Next was the tooth contouring. So, when we contour our face with makeup we create the illusion of a highlight and shadow. Tooth contouring is basically the same, Dr Sahil Patel files them in a way that reflects and deflects the light to make them appear straighter. My teeth are generally straight, but the tips of them were slightly uneven, especially on my lower teeth, which is quite common. Dr Sahil Patel filed the tips of my teeth along the biting edge to make them flow inline. He was very attentive, allowing me to have a look every minute to see what I thought of them. At the third look of my teeth he said “now be really picky with them and let me know of any tiny details you want to change”. This put me completely at ease, so I didn’t feel like I was being pedantic. I’d describe the cringe-factor of having your teeth filed about a two out of ten. It was completely bearable with no discomfort at all, the apprehension is much worse than reality.
Finally, Dr Sahil Patel showed me how to whiten my teeth at home with my new whitening trays. I was to whiten my teeth every night for two weeks, then once a month afterwards. During the whitening process, there was a little sensitivity, but he warned me that this would happen, and it returns to normal after the two weeks. Since I completed the whitening process, I’ve had multiple positive comments from colleagues, friends and strangers about the brightness of my teeth, which is a real boost for my confidence.
All in all, the whole appointment lasted just under an hour, so you can literally squeeze this into your lunch break if you work in Central London. I am so overwhelmingly happy with the results of the Mini Smile Makeover. My teeth look so much better in my eyes, but, more importantly, they make me feel better. Now my teeth finally live up to their reputation on Instagram.
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