Enhancing your smile can work wonders for your confidence but making any lasting difference can be time-consuming. Lucky we’ve got the time, then.
Want to fix a wonky grin? It’s easier than you think. Doing the same job as Invisalign at a cheaper price, Smile Direct Club (from £1,499, smiledirectclub.co.uk) designs you a new smile without a single visit to the dentist.
It does, however, require a visit to a certified SmileShop for an in-person 3D scan of your gob using a special scanning wand, which will have to wait for the time being. The good news is that there’s an at-home alternative — an impression kit, which you use to create a 3D imprint of your teeth with a putty mould and post back.
A UK-registered dentist then analyses it, creates your smile plan and right after sharing a before-and-after rendering of your pearly whites online will send the custom aligners to you in the post. Change these every week or so and they’ll gradually shift your teeth into a perfect straight line.
Within six months my front teeth, which had begun to shift forward, had been moved back into a perfect arch. And the consultation every 90 days via an app is great at guiding you through the treatment.
If you’re happy with your smile but wish it was just a bit brighter, Smile Science Harley Street has a professional home teeth whitening kit (£49, smile-science.co.uk) that’s been developed by the dentist behind Colgate Total toothpaste and promises to remove stains and get your teeth up to eight shades in just ten days.
The most fun part is the five-point blue LED accelerating light that works alongside light-activated whitening gels developed for sensitive teeth.
If you’re forever forgetting to floss, a Waterpik electric water flosser (£89.99, waterpik.co.uk) is a good investment. It not only makes flossing less of a chore by pulsing steady streams of water instead of using string, it also helps to whiten your gnashers using infuser tech that mixes water with a stain removal agent. It refreshes your mouth, especially after a heavy meal, blitzing away annoying food that easily gets lodged in wisdom teeth.
If time is of the essence on a morning, or you just find teeth-brushing boring, the Y-Brush (£114, y-brush.com) manages the job in just ten seconds.
Fitting over your entire grill, it vibrates a bunch of fine nylon bristles, cleaning your ivories with some added standard toothpaste. After five seconds on the top, flip the tray over for five seconds on the bottom and you’re done.
Hair and body
Whether it’s the kind on your head or in less desirable places, everyone has to deal with hair in one way or another. But there are plenty of innovations out there to help.
Take the HairMax LaserComb (£174.95, hairmax.co.uk), which delivers therapeutic light energy to your hair follicles through nine medical-grade lasers to stimulate hair follicles, reversing thinning and restoring your hair’s natural growth cycle to encourage denser hair growth.
If you’re happy with your hair but want a way to keep it tidy, the iFlex smart hairdryer (£260.55, velecta-paramount.com) is a connected hair dryer that uses an iOS or Android app to configure your personal profile and deliver optimal temperature, drying speed and ionisation, set specifically for you.
But if it’s below the neck where you want to tame hair, there’s the Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 (£300, amazon.co.uk) permanent hair removing laser. Using IPL (intense pulsed light) technology, it works by emitting a wavelength into the skin, removing hair pigment and over time stopping it from growing back entirely. It’s also the only IPL technology that automatically and continuously adapts to your skin tone.
We couldn’t talk hair without mentioning manscaping and tending to those more sensitive areas below the waist. The brilliant and quite literal named Balls Trimmer (£55, uk.balls.co) uses its patented SackSafe technology (yes, really) to ensure gentle and trusted shaving thanks to ceramic replaceable blades that are designed to glide through thick hair without pulling, nicks or cuts. It’s also shower proof but if it’s been a while, watch out — you could clog the sink.
If you’re going for the suave, clean-shaven look, Philips’ smart shaver series 7000 (£202.99, philips.co.uk) is an innovative way to preen your boat race, while keeping on top of any annoying skin irritations. Co-developed with dermatologists, it boasts personal grooming guidance via a connected groomtribe app, which, after a skin assessment, automatically adjusts the shaver’s configurations according to skin type. There’s also a smartclick attachment that handily transforms it into a beard trimmer.
Had an outbreak? Zap it away with Neutrogena’s visibly clear acne light therapy spot treatment pen (£10, amazon.co.uk). Using energy from blue light to target bacteria, while a red light penetrates deeper to reduce inflammation, the pen gently filters through skin to target acne-causing bacteria, reducing the appearance of spots and breakouts.
If you’d prefer to be proactive than reactive and keep on top of your skin’s overall condition to avoid future breakouts, there’s Comper’s Smarkin (£398.93, comperhealth.myshopify.com). Using radio frequency, this handheld device uses electro muscle stimulation and micro vibrational massage tech in a bid to firm up your chops, while removing fatty cells and reducing acne. Afterwards, a comprehensive skin rundown is uploaded to an app for review. After a few minutes of cheek zapping, I can’t say I looked ten years younger, but it’ll be interesting to see what this thing can do over time.
Putting wearable tech into a completely new category, the LED light therapy mask by CurrentBody (£325, currentbody.co.uk) combines anti-ageing red and near infra-red light therapy to improve the tone and texture of the skin, and keep it looking firm and glowing. It’s also ‘clinically proven to reduce wrinkles by 35 per cent in just four weeks’. You will look a little terrifying but it’s incredibly relaxing to wear.
FIVE SUPER HIGH-TECH GROOMING TREATMENTS TO ENJOY AFTER LOCKDOWN
Skin conditions lasered to health
Inspired by science from Nasa, the Byonik facial at CosmeSurge is a personalised treatment that syncs with your heartbeat to pinpoint the optimal moment when your cells can absorb moisture to rejuvenate the skin and help cure skin conditions.
Banish unwanted hair for good
Cocoon Medical’s Primelase machine is a new cutting-edge laser hair-removal tech. A combination of solid-state laser and diode laser, Primelase is five times stronger than competitors as it targets hair stem cells, ensuring they never grow back.
Natural teeth whitening
London dental hygienist Anna Middleton champions guided biofilm therapy (GBT), which she calls ‘a spa for your mouth’. Cleaning and brightening, the Swiss innovation uses AirFlow technology to remove all bacteria in the mouth that contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
The 3D-HydrO2 facial at Chelseé Lewis, Mayfair, pioneers ground-breaking beauty tech, touting seven technologies in one, from collagen-producing radio frequency-powered skin tightening to ultrasound-enabled hydration that will plump skin and get you looking younger.
Used by Prince Harry, PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections by Dr Mark Buddha in Harley Street treat receding hairlines by extracting your own blood platelets — carefully reinjecting the stem cells, proteins and growth factors back into the scalp to speed tissue repair and restore hair growth.