One of the funny things about blogging is people expect you to be uber confident about the way you look.  Given that bloggers spend a lot of time prancing around in front of a camera, it’s not a surprising misconception.  However, the truth is I’m far more aware of my flaws now, than before I started blogging.  Being in front of that camera highlights wrinkles in places you never knew you had and terrible angles which can make you look like some sort of ogre!

One thing which constantly bothered me when I was editing photos was my teeth.  I have a big smile and I pride myself on creating smiley content.  There’s no “resting bitch face” on this blog, as I want it to be an inviting and positive place.  Unfortunately, this means there is no escaping my teeth.  Over the years, they’ve really yellowed and I became very self-conscious about it.



Teeth whitening (or even veneers) was something I’d been considering for a while but I wasn’t sure where to go.  My first concern was I wanted it done by a fully trained professional.  Years ago, a friend of mine had her teeth whitened at a pop up stand in Westfield and let’s just say she suffered major sensitivity afterwards.

When I met Megan, who works at Harley Street Dental Clinic we just seemed to click.  She understood my needs but was also very honest about the level of treatment I required.  When I told her I had been considering veneers, she laughed and said it was the last thing I needed.  I also asked her about filing a couple of my teeth down and again, she told me it wasn’t needed and wouldn’t necessarily improve my appearance.  The honesty and lack of upselling was something I really appreciated.



In the end, we went for an in surgery whitening session and home whitening trays.  During my first appointment, Megan took impressions of my teeth for the trays which was surprisingly quick.  I was in and out of the dentist chair in a flash.

A week later at my second appointment, I had the in surgery Zoom! whitening.  This consisted of 4 separate 15minutes sessions where a laser was used to whiten my teeth.



If I’m totally honest I found the whole process quite fiddly.  I should add here, another reason it took so long to take the plunge and get my teeth whitened is because I am NOT a fan of the dentist.  I hate things being put in my mouth and being prodded around.

Teeth whitening is basically an hour of having your mouth yanked opened.  It’s not painful but I did find it uncomfortable.  Although I imagine for others this could be a really relaxing procedure, as when else do you have a full hour to lie back and do nothing?



Having said all of that, as soon as I saw the results all the discomfort and boredom disappeared.  My teeth were several shades lighter and I was really happy with the results.

Megan recommended I use the at home whitening trays over 5-6 nights just to get that extra shade or 2 lighter.  A good indication is your teeth should match the whites of your eyes, as it balances out your face.  Neither your eyes or teeth should detract from one another.



Like the in surgery treatment, the home whitening trays aren’t the most comfortable.  They need to be worn overnight with the whitening gel.  However, the discomfort is outweighed by the excitement every morning when you see the change in your teeth.  The great thing about teeth whitening is the results are fairly instantaneous.



Two weeks on I’m delighted with the finished results.  I’ve been baring my teeth to anyone and everyone!  Although the procedure wasn’t my favourite, I would still go back and do it again and again.

These are my before and after photos:



Megan offers teeth whitening in London and Bournemouth.  Her Harley Street prices are £550 for the full service (in surgery whitening and home trays) or from £350 for just the home whitening trays.  I would highly recommend getting in touch if you’re thinking about having your teeth whitened.  You can read more about Harley Street Dental Clinic at www.harleystreetdentalclinic.co.uk or Megan at www.livetosmile.co.uk.

Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.






  1. Mary September 8, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    I totally hear you when you say bloggers are supposed to be confident with their looks. I make videos every week and I usually hate how I look. I need to get my teeth whitened asap, I’m going to make an appointment fast.

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:37 am

      So glad someone relates! Just because we blog doesn’t mean we’re super comfortable with our appearance xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:37 am

      Thanks hunny xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:38 am

      They so doooo! It’s so worth the investment, I’m delighted with my results xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:38 am

      Thank you so much hunny and I’m so glad you said the results look natural xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:39 am

      Awww thank you so much darling xx

  2. Amanda September 10, 2017 / 1:43 am

    I love how you showed the process of getting your teeth whitened. I have always been interested in doing that! You have a really nice smile! Also I agree that people think bloggers are super confident, but we all have things we are self conscious about.


    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:40 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment, so glad to hear you think the post is helpful! xx

  3. Paula September 10, 2017 / 2:00 am

    I’ve always wanted to whitening my teeth! I used a lot of products in my house and they totally worked, but it sounds better and more efficient to do it with a dentist. Your smile looks so beautiful! and it really shows the good work they did 🙂


    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:41 am

      I’m definitely a big fan of the results from going to the dentist as you get whiter teeth faster! xx

  4. Sophia September 10, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    Looks so cool! I would be scared.. don’t know why. 😀

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:46 am

      Haha, don’t worry it’s not scary xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:45 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:45 am

      Thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd September 17, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      Awww thank you hun xx

    • thatnewd October 3, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Pleasure, hope you liked it xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 12:52 am

      Thank you Fumni xx

  5. Hillory September 11, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    I’m getting my teeth whitened in a couple of weeks and I’m sososo excited! I’ve heard it’s a bit uncomfortable with the mouth guards, but it’s totally worth it. The before and after are such a huge difference!!




    • thatnewd September 19, 2017 / 11:14 pm

      It is sooo worth it! I hope yo love the final results hunny xx

  6. toyas tales September 11, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    Great results. People do have the misperception that bloggers are uber confident. I’m not a resting bitch face kind of person either and my blog and social media are filled with me grinning and smiling. It just comes naturally. Even though I like the color of my teeth I have a small gap in the bottom row of my teeth and I try not to focus on it too much but it bothers me. Not sure if I want to do something about it yet.

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:44 pm

      It’s funny how we all have our own quirks we don’t like. We are all definitely our own harshest critics! xx

  7. alya September 11, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    Ah I’ve been wanting to whiten my teeth for ages but have been super scared! Will look into this, thanks for sharing!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      You should do it, I highly recommend it and I swear it’s not at all scary xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Hope you enjoyed it hun xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:45 pm

      Thank you Anya xx

  8. Kim September 12, 2017 / 3:39 am

    Lovely smile, darling! I have been thinking about using those teeth whitening trays at home. And I like the tip you gave about your teeth being the same color as the whites of your eyes.

    Simply Lovebirds

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      I never knew your teeth had to match your eyes before I got my teeth whitened. It’s a good way of measuring how far you need whiten xx

  9. Pentene September 12, 2017 / 4:59 am

    Wow! Pretty cool post on your experience getting your teeth professionally whitened. You hear about quick and at home treatments that don’t seem safe. Glad to see that you were brave enough to get it done professionally. Thanks for sharing your experience and keep smiling.


    • thatnewd September 17, 2017 / 6:46 pm

      Such a lovely comment, thank you so much hun! xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      It’s definitely worthwhile if you’re after whiter teeth! xx

  10. Heather Rowland September 12, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I’ve never had my teeth whitened before but it’s something I may consider. Although it maybe wasn’t the most pleasant experience, I’m glad you got the results that you wanted!

    Heather xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      The 1 hour of uncomfortable-ness is SOO worth the end result! xx

  11. Heidi September 12, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Thank you for writing such an interesting post. I have been thinking about whitening my teeth also, but I’m so scared! I have heard so many horror stories with way too white teeth, sensitive teeth etc. People rarely blog about when something like this went nicely, so this gave me a little boost.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      I was very lucky and didn’t get any sensitivity but it can happen. I think as long as you go to a trained professional you should be fine hun xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      Thank you so much hun xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      It was great! I’m so happy with the results xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      It really was! xx

  12. Ashley September 12, 2017 / 6:17 pm

    Love a good whitening sesh! Your smile looks brilliant, babe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Awww thank you so much darling xx

    • thatnewd September 14, 2017 / 4:57 pm

      Thank you! xx

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