Happy Thursday everyone! Today I’m excited to share another beauty related post with you all! I know I’m still dabbling in this category, but I’m excited about this post because it’s something that I’ve experimented with for years AND Smile Brilliant is hosting this post to give one of you your own teeth whitening kit for free! Most of you don’t have any way of knowing this, but I’ve been whitening my teeth off and on since I got my braces off as a teenager, so I’ve tried my fair share of teeth whitening systems from tooth paste, to the dentist, to whitening strips, to at home concoctions. My mom always instilled in me the value of taking care of my smile and it’s something that I still do to this day… although I’m sure she still wishes I would wear my retainers more, hehe.
Today I’m sharing my honest review of my experience with Smile Brilliant teeth whitening… and it’s been a great one! Smile Brilliant is all about professional teeth whitening done in your own home. In other words, no pesky strips slipping and sliding around on your teeth and no having to go to the dentist. Plus, they minimize tooth sensitivity which is something I’ve always struggled with when it comes to teeth whitening.
Before I get started, I’ll show you my (unedited) before and after photos so you can see the results. There isn’t a super drastic change because, as I mentioned, I’ve been whitening my teeth for years. Charlie was taking my before photo and even said “I wonder how much this is actually going to do because your teeth are already so white,” haha. But I can actually see small differences in areas that have been hard to get to in the past and that excites me.
The biggest difference I see are my back teeth. I always struggled getting anything besides my four front teeth to truly whiten, but Smile Brilliant is able to get to those teeth farther back in your mouth that are still seen when you smile. I also see a slight difference in my decalcification (the white spots on my teeth-more on this later). The spots seem to be slightly less distinct in my after photo, and I’ve always wanted to improve that!
Step 1: Create your impressions
Smile Brilliant sends you a full teeth whitening kit with step by step instructions before getting started and the first thing you do is create your impressions. They send you everything you need for it and tell you exactly how to do it. All you have to do is mix up the pastes, place the mold in the tray, and make your impressions. Don’t stress out too much if you’re worried about doing it wrong like I was because they send you extra paste in case you need it!
Then, you send your impressions back to Smile Brilliant (with prepaid postage!) and they make your custom dental trays for you. And just because I feel that it’s worth noting, these are the best custom whitening trays I’ve ever had and, like I said, I’ve done this whole ordeal at the dentist. They’re actually comfortable and actually stay on your teeth!
Step 2: Whiten
If you haven’t whitened your teeth before, it’s a pretty simple process. The whitening gel usually comes in a syringe and you put a thin line of gel across the front of the trays (for me it was about a third of the syringe for both top and bottom combined). Then you just place the trays on your teeth and chill out for a while!
1. Whenever I start a new “round” of teeth whitening, I always start out by leaving the trays on for 30 minutes and gradually increase how long I leave them on in order to minimize any sensitivity.
2. It helps to press the trays to your teeth once they’re in to squeeze out any excess gel. Then, I take a piece of tissue and wipe the excess off of my gums. This helps with sensitivity and taste.
3. Only brush your teeth with water before and after whitening so that the bleach is fully effective.
Step 3: Desensitizing
Now for the best part, Smile Brilliant is giving away a free teeth whitening system to one of you ($149 credit) (open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia)!
All you have to do is click here to enter the giveaway! (Be sure to enter your name and email in order to qualify.) One winner will be randomly selected by Smile Brilliant on Thursday, March 19th 2018! Good luck!! And I’m hoping the winner will report back to me to let me know what they thought of it all! 🙂 In the mean time, you can also get 10% off of any Smile Brilliant purchase with code: savvycamel.