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My Zoom Whitening Experience and Giveaway


Part of me doesn’t even want to say this, because some of you might be new to my blog and not know this little secret, but here goes…

I used to smoke.

Gross, right? I’m so glad I can say that in past tense.  I honestly feel like it was a lifetime ago. I quit cold turkey 4 years ago and have never looked back. I always said that my reward for quitting smoking would be teeth whitening. I’ve shied away from it though, because my teeth are really sensitive and I had only heard that teeth whitening made sensitivity worse. Not the case if you are using good products.

I’ve even written about my sensitivity in the past when I collaborated with Sensodyne authentically. Read here and here.

Zoom Whitening is a professional teeth whitening solution and I headed over to Dr. Chris van der Merwe’s practice to meet Emma King, affectionately known as the Tooth Fairy on social media.

I was really nervous. My teeth are so sensitive that a normal teeth cleaning hurts me. Emma assured and reassured me that she would monitor everything and that I would be fine.

Here I am before… And the Oscar goes to… Look how “calm” I look. I was anything but.Bailey Schneider in dentist chairShe started with a teeth clean and I kept anxiously waiting to feel that sharp shooting twinge, but she was so gentle and I felt nothing. Nothing! Amazing!

I started to relax, my knuckles weren’t white clutching the dentist chair anymore and she started preparing the teeth whitening.
First she put a device in my mouth to open up my cheeks and expose my teeth. It wasn’t uncomfortable at all.

Next, Emma blocked out my gums with this white/greyish liquid that hardened under a light. Once my teeth were prepped, she started applying the whitening gel. She put the light into position and set the timer. She said that if I felt any sensitivity, I should let her know and she’d move the light away and it would immediately go away. She’d also monitor the strength. In the first few minutes I was nervous in anticipation – waiting for that horrific twinge. I felt absolutely nothing and so I relaxed again – those knuckles gained colour again.Bailey Schneider teeth whitening with ZoomBailey Schneider Zoom Teeth WhiteningZoom Teeth Whitening Bailey SchneiderBefore long, the timer beeped and she was rinsing off the gel and then reapplying. We did this 3 times. I only felt a tiny bit of sensitivity on my bottom front teeth towards the very end and that was only because she had bumped up the strength. She immediately pulled the strength of the light down and I was fine again.

When we were all done, she rinsed the gel off, pulled off the hardened white gum blocker, I rinsed my mouth out and Emma applied a sensitivity gel. She warned me that my teeth might be sensitive for the first 24 hours and after that, I’d be 100% fine.

The only sensitivity I felt were on my 2 front bottom teeth and every now and then I’d get that sensitive twinge. I used the sensitive toothpaste and in less than 24 hours, the sensitivity was gone.

For the first 24 hours I wasn’t allowed any coffee or tea, which was the hardest. I wasn’t allowed any red wine, red wine, tomatoes or anything that could stain my teeth. The best analogy was anything that could be dropped onto a white tee shirt and would stain, I shouldn’t eat or drink.

I am beyond impressed and my teeth look so much whiter, instantly. Look…Processed with VSCO with hb1 presetI’ve got some trays that have been made from moulds of my teeth so that I can top up at home and I only need to have another check up in 6 months.Moulds for teeth whiteningBailey Schneider being mould fittedTeeth whitening mouldTeeth moulds for teeth whitening

If I had known that it was this pain free, barring the 24 hours afterwards – where it’s slightly sensitive, but not unbearable, I would have done this AGES ago! I am so thrilled I finally had this done and I want you to have gorgeous pearly whites too!Zoom home kitZoom whitening home kitDJ Sox teeth whitening at homeThey’re country wide and if you want to find out more details, check out the website: and click on Find a Dentist, to find someone near you.

I have two Zoom Whitening Home Kits that includes a teeth cleaning and mould fitting to get your perfect teeth mould, by Emma herself and then the actual teeth whitening kit. It’s valued at R2500.

How to enter:

  1. Follow Zoom Teeth Whitening on Facebook
  2. Follow my Bailey Schneider Facebook page
  3. Leave a comment on this blog and don’t forget your email address.
This is for Cape Town only, as you’ll need to go to Emma King to have the cleaning and mould fitted.

I’ll announce the winners on Monday the 13th of June.





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  • Reply Cheryl Humphries

    Your teeth look stunning & white!

    June 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Lisa- Marie Nicholls

    Your teeth look amazing! I’ve been looking for a system that doesn’t cause sensitivity!

    June 7, 2016 at 1:09 pm
  • Reply Cassandra

    Oooo this is amazing! If only you had the guts to go before your wedding! (Not that you looked anything short of radiant!)

    June 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Kerry Lee Cousins

    Ah this looks so so amazing , been wanting to do it for ages now and just haven’t been able to. Really looks stunning ! 🙂

    June 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Charlene Pickup

    Love the Tooth Fairy’s work! xxx ps your teeth look absolutely beautiful

    June 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Philippa Harvey

    I had my braces taken off recently (after 3 years of pain with them on) and would LOVE to have my teeth whitened! I now need a Baily Schneider smile 🙂

    June 7, 2016 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Aileen de Waal

    WOW….I’ve been wanting to go for years, no better time than now. I’ll have a look at the Zoom website!!! PS…love your blog!!!

    June 7, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Tina botha

    Nothing better than beautiful white

    June 7, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Pravina W

    Oh wow Bailey I want beautiful healthy white teeth just like yours. I have tried everything from whitening toothpastes’ to lemon juice with bicarb to get mine white. Zoom whitening looks like the real solution. This is an amazing prize. Thank you for spoiling your readers.

    I have followed both pages on Facebook and am based in Cape Town.

    June 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm
  • Reply suzette van niekerk

    White and bright.

    June 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Emma King

    What an amazing write up…..thank you my friend……it was such a pleasure having you in my chair!

    June 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Elaine

    And here i also thought it is a painfull process 🙂 Silly me! Now i also want whiter teeth asap 🙂 xx

    June 7, 2016 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply Melissa Pharo

    Dyyyying to try this!! Your teeth looks amazing Bails!

    June 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Lindsey

    Would love love LOVE to win!! Thanks so much for sharing your experience Bailey!

    June 7, 2016 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Jenni Lee

    Emma has been my hygienist for years ! Would love teeth as white as yours!!!

    June 7, 2016 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Kammi

    Hooray for being smoke free. I also quit cold turkey on 1 Feb 2015. BEST CHOICE EVER. I also promised myself a teeth whitening session … life is so busy though, its on the to do list 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 5:47 am
  • Reply Talitha

    Wow 🙂 What an amazing job!
    Congratulations on 4 years of being tobacco free…I can relate to you, just wish that I could share your experience!

    June 8, 2016 at 6:41 am
  • Reply Siobhan Hughes

    I have done the whitening strips before, and while they help, they don’t do the proper job. I’d love to have something like this done, with someone who is so gentle!

    June 8, 2016 at 6:56 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I have never been able to whiten my teeth with the proper full procedure as it is very expensive and I don’t believe in a quick fix (e.g. the cheap kits available at the shops). I have always wanted to do it and I am currently using a whitening toothpaste but I cannot see much difference. This would be an amazing experience at Zoom Whitening SA!

    June 8, 2016 at 7:06 am
  • Reply Liesl de Bruin

    My teeth have always been a bit of an embarrassment for me 🙁
    Even if I don’t win here I am going to touch base with M.
    Thanks for sharing Bails.

    June 8, 2016 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Vicky

    Wow! Such amazing results! Ive had it done before, and it was a total disaster and so painfull! Id love to get another chance at it!
    Thanks for sharing ur experience! 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Charlene

    Fingers crossed!!! I hate my smile. And I used to feel that it was my best feature! Smoking (quit 3 months ago, yay!) and a whitening procedure years ago that didn’t go as planned, has resulted in yellowing that looks awful. I would love to win this.

    June 8, 2016 at 9:35 am
  • Reply clea

    Is it true that you can’t drink red wine or drink coffee after having your teeth whitened? I’ve heard that these need to be drunk through a straw to avoid contact with one’s teeth.

    June 8, 2016 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Abigail

    I’m inspired by your experience Bailey! Thank you for sharing ☺ would definitely ❤ whiter teeth too

    June 8, 2016 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Mandy Hoffman

    Wow, looks nice, I so badly want my teeth whitened. Also smoked, for 18 years, about half my life. Now I just cant afford it 🙁

    June 8, 2016 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Marzanne Swart

    I always love to see real life people do real life experiences! I would be way too scared to do this…until I read your post! Thank you so much, your teeth look insane after the treatment! #WIN

    June 8, 2016 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Jessica Ross

    I would love love to wim this!! I have naturally yellowish teeth that I inherited from my gran (I still love you gran!), which means I have very strong and healthy teeth but they are not very pretty to look at. I have always been self conscious of my smile and one of my biggest dreams is to be able to have a white Hollywood smile! I have researched this procedure and it is unfortunately too pricey for me right now as I am just out of college. I have my fingers, toes and all my limbs crossed for this competition!! 😀

    June 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Jessica Ross

    Oops I forgot my email address!! 😀

    June 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Chantel

    Youre teeth look amazing!

    I would love to win this prize.

    June 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Roxanne

    Love this! Definitely keen to try it 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Jess Gouws

    Oh my gosh. I have always dreamed of having whiter teeth. Very self conscious about my yellow looking teeth Looks amazing!

    June 8, 2016 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Katie

    Wowzers! I would love to win! Your teeth look pretty and sparkly white! Holding thumbs and gums and hoping I win! 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 4:25 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    OMG. Do you accept bribes 😉

    June 8, 2016 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Karen Lamb

    I’d love love to win this. Tooth fairies do your thing 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Gillian

    A dream come true….if I was in cape town. You toofies look amazing!

    June 8, 2016 at 5:45 pm
  • Reply Kim

    Liked both!

    June 8, 2016 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Kelley Petersen

    Bailey, your teeth look wonderful! I would love to win a Zoom Whitening Home Kit because my teeth are stained and I come into contact with some many people everyday, who see my stained teeth (I am a counsellor in training). It would do wonders for my self confidence to have beautiful, white teeth again. I have neglected my teeth this year due to lack of self care (studying and working simultaneous is exhausting) and I’m trying to take care of myself again, starting with my teeth

    June 8, 2016 at 9:30 pm
  • Reply Caley

    WOW! I had teeth whitening 6 years ago and desperate to go again – this looks much easier! Will check them out (my teeth were sensitive just reading this post!) x

    June 8, 2016 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply Caley

    Yay! My dentist does it 🙂

    June 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Amanda du Bois

    Wow your teeth look fabulous. I too suffer with sensitive teeth and can so relate to your fears 🙂 I would love to have my teeth whitened like yours x

    June 9, 2016 at 5:46 am
  • Reply Terri Rosslind

    Wow! Your teeth look amazing! I too used to be a smoker which has left my teeth discolored and afraid to smile (with teeth) as i don’t want people to see them. I’m also terrified of dentists, but you made this look so easy peazy that I’d give anything to have this opportunity to brighten my smile!

    June 9, 2016 at 7:00 am
  • Reply Leonay Conatable

    Your teeth looks amazing. I also used to smoke and still drink a lot of coffee so I understand the struggle of natural pearly white teeth.

    June 9, 2016 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Lizanda

    Wow, looks great! I have been wanting to do this sooo long! I just think red lipstick goes way better with white teeth!

    June 9, 2016 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Katie

    That looks so easy and the results are fab!

    June 9, 2016 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Carla

    Wow, I need to get this done. What a lovely giveaway.

    June 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply Megan Knights

    So amazing, i have always had an issue with the discoloration on my teeth, no matter what i try, they stay yellow & it has become a huge complex thing in my life. I refuse to smile for photo’s & if i have to, i do the bare minimum. I have always longed to smile in photo’s like you see so many people do on Facebook / Instagram. It has become a self esteem issue now where i am always wondering what people are thinking when they look at my teeth. It is a horrible feeling! Dentists are so expensive these days. I rather end up spending all my extra money on my 13 month old little girl. She is just so worth it. I absolutely dread going to the dentists, as i don’t have many fond memories of going there.
    This would just be Amaaaazing! My email is

    June 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Chrisly Herselman

    I would really really love to get this done. I absolutely love white teeth.

    June 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Marin

    Amazing. I stopped smoking in 2007 and still haven’t gone for teeth whitening, which I really should. Looks fairly simple though. Thanks 🙂

    June 9, 2016 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    Oh I would love to win this kit. I always feel so self concious about my teeth. Would love to have beautiful pearly whites

    June 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  • Reply Jamie

    Your teeth look stunning! I too used to smoke And have always wanted to professionally whiten my teeth. Zoom sounds like the place X

    June 10, 2016 at 5:06 am
  • Reply Bronwen Beytell

    Oh wow your teeth look amaizing!! I have always wanted to get this done, Being a busy mom of 2 gorgeous girls I dont get much time to do things for myself…

    June 10, 2016 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Natasha le Roux

    I would LOVE to have white, sparkly teeth! Thanks for a fantastic review! ♥

    June 10, 2016 at 8:36 am
  • Reply Natasha le Roux

    I would LOVE to have white, sparkly teeth! Thanks for a fantastic review! ♥

    June 10, 2016 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Cyndy Stroebel

    Who doesn’t love a shining set of pearly whites! This is am awesome prize and yours turned out so beautifully!

    June 10, 2016 at 9:47 am
  • Reply jade abbott

    What an amazing prize to give to your readers! omw! anyone would want to do this (but then there are those who actually need it lol) I would love to have this, pick me to win haha

    June 10, 2016 at 10:18 am
  • Reply Darryn Lee

    Awesome, informative review – Thanks Bailey! I’ve tried a few teeth whitening kits and none of them really work so interested to find out how long it lasts, keep us updated? 🙂

    Great competition too, holding thumbs! PLUS I’m the only guy on here it seems 😉

    June 10, 2016 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Paula Frost

    Amazing. I stopped smoking 17 weeks ago, yet teeth still yellowed.

    June 10, 2016 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Chanel Lotz

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I have the same sensitivity concerns, but will try it now that you have!

    June 10, 2016 at 12:37 pm
  • Reply Candice

    WOW amazing amazing!!! such a wonderful prize to be sharing with one of your fabulous readers! Good luck with choosing (PICK ME ME haha) !!

    June 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Andrea Steenkamp

    I absoutely love this blog post.

    June 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm
  • Reply Sabrina

    What a nice read. I’ve always been so worried and now I’m not! I want to win this soooo badly because even though I don’t smoke or drink coffee, I have two discouloured teeth 🙁 and im in Cape Town and JHB and need a new dentist so thanks for the referral! thanks for the amazing giveaway! Xx

    June 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Cherié James

    I definitely need this before my wedding..want that pretty perfect white smile..this is sooo cool and pain free!!!

    June 10, 2016 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Angie Lazaro

    Zoom Whitening = instant smile magnet! There is nothing like sparkling-white teeth to boost your confidence, and even better you can’t stop smiling. The results are magnificent, Bailey, wow. I too want want to flash a million-dollar smile. Emma you are amazing; keep making the world a happier place!

    June 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm
  • Reply Jessica Verwey

    Yay yay!!! Radiant as always! What an awesome giveaway Bails❤xx

    June 10, 2016 at 9:45 pm
  • Reply Hazel

    Hi Bailey, my husband Craig the Scotsman and I listen to your radio show daily and love the brain basher and my mum is the manageress at Olga’s in the V&A, so we feel like we know you! Would love to win this fab prize and get my pearly whites gleaming!! Love Hazel x

    June 11, 2016 at 5:54 am
  • Reply Melanie

    Hey Bailey, I too have extremely sensitive teeth. Reading your experience (and researching their website) has certainly put my mind at ease trying this treatment for discoloration. It would do a great deal for my self esteem and I’d finally be able to laugh without my hand covering my

    June 11, 2016 at 6:47 am
  • Reply Theola Ernest

    Looks gorgeous those pearly whites :). Followed both!

    June 11, 2016 at 8:08 am
  • Reply Danielle Henry

    I went in the uk and have a terrible experience that left me unable to eat or talk for days due to sensitivity, your blog has given me hope that isn’t how it should be and after seeing your results would love to revisit the option of finally having a brite smile

    June 11, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Yonina Sher née Miller

    Your teeth look AMAZING!!! I am so beyond jellies!!! I have always been very very self conscious of my teeth and think that they are very yellow- but my dentist has always said that having it done at a dentist with the light would make my teeth hurt and be too sensitive. I have also tried at home kits and they have always been so sensitive and hurt my teeth. I would absolutely LOVE to try this way and would be beyond excited if I could win this!

    June 11, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Zaakir

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I also have the same problem with tooth sensitivity! I brush my teeth religiously and I am so happy I do not consume coffee.

    June 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Shirley Mussmann

    Your smile matches your personality: radiant and infectious! Thank you for sharing the love.

    June 11, 2016 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Janita Naidoo

    I’ve always wanted to enhance my smile (in a normal way, and not have lips that come around a corner before I do!) so I’ve tried a few whitening pens from the beauty supply store but I was still left with “not so pearly whites” (damn you red wine! Why so tasty though??) Anyway, when I went to America on a work program, I decided to give one of the best whitening strips a try… Let me just say, not everything is bigger & better in America! I would love to have a brighter smile to match my white dress on the big day ❤️

    June 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm
  • Reply Amy Wyness

    Been wanting to do this for ages!x

    June 11, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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    June 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm
  • Reply Matt Wessels

    I’ve always been hesitant because I’ve heard so many negative stories about sensitity and damage to your teeth. Great review and very keen to get this down now. Thanks

    June 11, 2016 at 9:21 pm
  • Reply Jo

    This post really gave me hope! I went to a dentist in the small town where i grew up years ago and asked about my “yellow” teeth, the dentist told me that there isnt much that i can do and I must just accept it like people who have big ears or funny noses. I since asked my current dentist about whitening but she said that it will be painful with my sensitive teeth. I gave up… but now am super excited about Zoom teeth whitening!!!!

    June 12, 2016 at 12:10 am
  • Reply Aletta Crofton

    I had a painful teeth whitening experience.
    So I would love to give this dentist a try.
    Thanks for the helpful information!

    June 12, 2016 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Cherise Cheek

    Oh my word, I’ve been needing this for ages. I’m a coffee drinker and have smoked too, my teeth used to be so white and now…. Well, not so much. An ex bf not so kindly even told me how my white teeth were what attracted him to me and now they’re stained! (I dumped his ass) Bailey, your teeth look beautiful after the treatment and I truly hope I can win the same opportunity! I’ve followed both accounts on Facebook and am looking forward to more awesome updates xx

    June 12, 2016 at 6:33 am
  • Reply Morne

    I also used to have the gross habit of smoking and it’s left it’s ugly yellow stains behind on my suppose to be pearlies. I’ve always my teeth nice and white again, it will most definitely be a confidence booster. Please consider me for the price.

    June 12, 2016 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Deidre

    Great write up. Clears up all the uncertainties and questions I have.

    June 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Sanchia-Lee Esterhuyse

    So jealous! What a gorgeous smile on such a gorgeous lady ♡ The results are absolutely amazing. Wish I could have mine done as well!

    June 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Lisa Clarke

    Awesome blog, really glad that I read your article because I also have sensitive teeth but have been wanting to have them whitened for ages!! Great prize!

    June 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm
  • Reply Justine Lagopoulos

    Looks awesome, wow I would love this xxxx

    June 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Reply chantal jacobs

    wow…i used to smoke too and really want to do this but so nervous about sensitivity too, so reassuring to read that it can be done even though im super sensitive!

    June 13, 2016 at 6:08 am
  • Reply Bruno

    A smile sets the moody for any occasion and nothing dampens it more than have multicoloured teeth. This would be a mood boosting gift.

    Enjoy your beautiful smile

    June 13, 2016 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Jade Hempel

    Your look gorgeous!! Dying yo try this!!

    June 13, 2016 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Your teeth look great. Would love to try this

    June 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Marina Fick

    I recently quit smoking and started out being mich more active. (Started Boxing) My whole 20’s it was just the kids and hubby. I never had time for myself. I just started to think of myself. I even did a make up workshop for myself (yes I sucked on putting make up on) Now I feel terrible about my ugly yellow teeth. I would love to win this. This is an amazing prize.

    You look amazing!!!

    June 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Byron McKeith

    Wow !! I believe a smile can make someone’s day !! And seeing you smile so bright and white really made my day.. Absolutely amazing !!! To get my teeth whitened is definitely on my Bucket list 🙂 Smile

    June 13, 2016 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Byron McKeith

    Oops my email :

    June 13, 2016 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Karen Mac Adam

    Whoop whoop looks amazing. I to win one. My 40th is end of June and I promised myself it would be my last smoke……so yes getting the teeth right after would be perfect. Thank you

    June 15, 2016 at 7:56 am
  • Reply Ruddy

    That’s a very great journey you’ve had, from having the cautiousness about your teeth and taking action really outlines inspiration to many like me to Take ACTION ( only if I had the chance) !! Congratulations on your confident smile 🙂

    June 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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