CONFISMILE TEETH SPA, NEW DELHI
The ConfiSmile announced that it was setting up shop for “cosmetic dental procedures” and listed “Bright Smile”, “Greater Confidence” — and most crucially — “Hot Dates” among the “10 reasons to Whiten Your Teeth”.
The ConfiSmile booth at the Select Citywalk mall is promoting an ‘oral hygiene spa
And so, on a sunny morning, I found myself with Dr Gagan, in a smart white doctor’s coat, at the ConfiSmile’s spa kiosk in the spacious, air-cooled interiors of the Select Citywalk mall. She, along with Mr Sahani from marketing, was reassuring me how short (20 minutes), simple and painless the teeth whitening procedure is and how my teeth would stay white for a year and a half — all for one-third of what dental clinics charge. The kiosk has been set up to promote their services; the actual “oral hygiene spa” will open a month later in Lajpat Nagar.
I was curious — how could the candlelit world of hot oil massages and rose petals meet the ungainly dentist’s chair I had studiously avoided since my teenage graced-with-braces days? The answer turned out to be breathtakingly simple — the dentist’s chair had been replaced by a massage chair. So, while my teeth would be whitened, my legs, feet and gluteus maximus would be massaged by the mechanical massager and presto! — I would have a teeth-spa experience.
Casting one last look around me, I seated myself on the chair, setting in motion a flurry of activity. I had to read and sign a consent form, a large disposable bib was tied around my neck and I was asked to look up, grin and bare my teeth while Mr Sahani photographed them. As Dr Gagan arranged the (sealed and sterilized) instruments and put on a surgical mask and gloves, I was given cordless headphones and asked what I’d like to listen to. An elevator music version of Stand By Me came on — looped so that it played over and over — and could be heard along with the mall’s ambient piped music. The massager was switched on.
Then I was asked to pay up. Dr Gagan took my credit card (with her gloved hand, I noticed), handing it to Mr Sahani, and, her assistant by her side, set to work. Head pushed back, light shining on my face, a tube suspended in front and Dr Gagan telling me to relax while she put a clamp in my mouth to keep it open and stuffed it with tiny rolls of gauze — I was transported back to my orthodontist’s clinic. Except that now I was in a shopping mall in clear view of inquisitive shoppers, being regaled by two sources of piped muzak and my lower half was being squeezed by the chair I was sitting on.
Over the next 40 minutes, Dr Gagan cleaned my front teeth (the ones that are visible), applied hydrogen peroxide to them and, after putting protective goggles over my eyes, shone something called LED light on them. She took twice as long because she repeated the procedure to get the desired results.
The good stuff
When a mirror was held in front of me, I could immediately tell that the stains were gone. Trying to discern any significant whitening proved tougher. Mr Sahani took another snap, and I was presented with the before and after photos. It should become more pronounced after 24 hours, I was told, provided I avoided tea or coffee till then. A day and much mirror gazing later, I could confidently state that my front teeth were in fact shinier and also, somewhat whiter. Plus, they had been cleaned.
Not bad, I guess, if you have money to spare. After I had sat down and things were being readied, Dr Gagan and her colleague exchanged hushed whispers in urgent tones — not exactly reassuring behaviour for a patient. And there was the minor matter of a few tiny but uncomfortable blisters on the inside of my lower lip a little after the procedure; fortunately, these healed within a day.
The teeth whitening procedure costs Rs2,999, inclusive of taxes.
At Select Citywalk, Saket. Call Pooja Dhingra at 9310703761.