Today I want to share an incredible new teeth whitening product with you, that I have been using for the past few weeks: Smile Brilliant.
Teeth whitening, for me, has been something I’ve been interested in for some time. Especially as a blogger, I’m taking photos more than I ever have in my lifetime, and it’s important for me to put my best smile forward.
That being said, this is not my first whitening rodeo.
My Teeth-Whitening Journey
White strips were messy, slipped off my teeth and left my teeth super sensitive.
Whitening toothpaste didn’t whiten my smile enough to be worthwhile. I realized it’s best for maintaining an already white smile than trying to achieve white-brilliance.
When Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try their whitening system, I was excited but hesitant. Would this system work? Would it make my teeth ultra sensitive? Is this a partnership I could stand behind?
I decided to read up on it and find out.
What I liked about Smile Brilliant: desensitizing gel and affordability
The first thing that impressed me was that they offer a desensitizing gel for people who experience sensitivity from whitening. Yes please!
I used this gel for a few days before whitening just to make sure my teeth would fair well once the whitening commenced.
The next thing that I learned was that the reason whitening your teeth in the dentist’s office is incredibly expensive is because of the dentist’s overhead costs.
Smile Brilliant cuts out the middle man and passes the savings onto you! The treatment is the same as you would receive from the dentist, but at a fraction of the price.
Ok, I was skeptical about this too, so I asked my dentist at my last visit. He told me that as long as the whitening product contained 25% or less of the active ingredient, he was comfortable with me using it, so I chose to move forward.
When I received the Smile Brilliant package, I was excited to get started. First I took impressions of my teeth so they could make my custom-fitted whitening trays. I sent them out and a week later, I had my custom trays mailed back.
Let the whitening process begin!
I started using the sensitivity gel to prime my teeth for whitening. Of course this isn’t required, but I was nervous that my teeth would be ultra sensitive, based on my past experience with Crest White Strips. So I primed my teeth for a few days prior to whitening.
Next, I followed the pictorial directions included in the box and filled the trays with the whitening gel. A thin line of gel goes a long way in your custom trays.
What I did while whitening (a MUST READ for busy parents)
It is recommended that you whiten before bed so that you don’t eat or drink anything that might stain your teeth afterward. I typically whitened right after dinner, before I put my kids to bed, so that I could wear the trays for the longest time possible. More time = more whitening.
The boys would get dressed into pjs, brush their teeth, and get a bedtime story, all while I’m whitening!
It’s wonderful because I was still able to speak and read with the whitening trays in. And let’s be honest, anything that saves time is a winner in my book!
By the time the kids were in bed, I was finished whitening and moved onto the 20 minute desensitizing treatment. Simply rinse the trays and fill them with the desensitizing gel and watch tv for 20 minutes.
For those of you who might “struggle” with this part, Netflix makes this “task” even easier. 😉
The best part of this system is that I never experienced tooth sensitivity. I was really shocked by this. In the past, if a breeze hit my teeth after whitening I would cringe. But not with Smile Brilliant. Their Desensitizing Gel really works!
If you want to learn more about the process, check out these 10 Facts Everyone Should Know About Teeth Whitening. It clears up several misconceptions and concerns you might be having about teeth whitening, and addresses the different methods on the market, so you can make the right choice for you.
What I’m doing to maintain my smile
These next few tips are certainly not required, but since I’m happy with the results, I really want to keep my teeth looking white.
From the time I started whitening, I’ve been drinking my coffee through a straw and abstaining from red wine. I know. I takes a little effort. But since your teeth are significantly more porous while whitening, it’s worth the extra work to keep them white.
Now that I’m finished with the whitening process, I’ve continued my coffee precautions, but red wine is back in the rotation. Although I love my whiter teeth, I need to live my normal life. And I’m really happy with the maintenance. 😉
If you are interested in trying a whitening system, I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant. The results are absolutely worth it.
It’s GIVEAWAY time!
In addition to all of your New Year’s resolutions, wouldn’t it be amazing to start 2018 with a whiter smile? Now you can! Enter to win a Smile Brilliant kit, shipped right to your home.
To enter the GIVEAWAY:
- Click this link: https://www.smilebrilliant.
- Enter your name and email address
Thank you to Smile Brilliant for collaborating with me and offering this giveaway to my readers! As always, all opinions are my own.