There's a lot of beauty treatments we raise an eyebrow at (LVL, we're looking at you), but teeth whitening isn't one of them. Not only do we know it works, but we'll also chew your ear off about the massive difference it genuinely makes overall - confidence included, although we don't want to get too cheesy here...
The Smile Bar, then, is a truly welcome addition to our sandy shores, established in Hong Kong in 2015 and now setting up shop on the first floor of Dubai's Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah 1. The teeth-whitening equivalent of a New York-style blow-dry bar, it offers a no-fuss, ultra-speedy vibe with individual pods, headphones, movies to watch and iPads. And you can get your nails done, too.
Truth be told, with what they call the 'orientation' - basically, what you'd like and what can be done, plus the 'mouth cleaning' (we'll be straight with you - this bit is just brushing your teeth with quite a nice toothbrush), you can potentially be in and out in half an hour, expecting a two-to-nine-shade difference. Understandably, our fave part is getting to do the comparison test with the - otherwise slightly creepy - gradient row of teeth.
The whitening gel is applied, UV-free LED plasma light placed in your mouth and you're left to your own devices to watch the TV/ take "hilarious" selfies to send to your pals. And if you need a bit of added graft (we're not judging. We drink a LOT of coffee too), you can pay to have another 20 or 40 minutes added on. You also have our word that it doesn't hurt - something that we've definitely experienced with other teeth-whitening procedures.
While we really love the express nature of The Smile Bar, it's the double-take prices that really piqued our interest as they're considerably cheaper than most. It's Dhs290 for a 20-minute session, Dhs570 for 40 minutes and Dhs850 for an hour. Definitely something to smile about.
- Call +971 5 0343 6988 to book
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