Here’s a topic I’ve never expected to make an appearance on my blog – teeth whitening… For some reason it was never on top of my agenda and in my 30+ years I’ve never used any products designed specifically for this purpose (well, only a whitening toothpaste, but I don’t think it counts). My teeth have never blinded anyone, but I wasn’t really ashamed of their shade or appearance either. I was just simply letting them be, as they were…
Interestingly enough, after moving to the US, something happened and a bunch of nasty dark marks appeared on one of my incisors. I’m not sure whether it’s related to the food or water here, or the amount of tea and “mom juice” I’ve been consuming in the past few months. Either way, I became more self conscious of my smile and was already planning a dentist visit to have it sorted.
In the meantime I was also contacted by the brand Smile Brilliant who offered me an opportunity to try their whitening system. The timing was spot on and I decided to go for it (there’s also a giveaway and a discount code for you at the end of this post).
The Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit comes in a neat box, filled with bits and pieces needed for the journey ahead and instructional cards to guide you through the process. To start off, you need to create dental impressions of your teeth, which is not exactly difficult, but requires a good amount of concentration and maybe a practice round. In your kit you’ll get three sets of mini jars containing a base and a catalyst paste. They need to be combined to create a play dough-type paste and then placed into the trays before the mixture sets. Next, it’s time for you to bite into the play dough and create an imprint of your pearly whites-to be. There’s room for error if you don’t get it right the first time since you have a spare set. You can also order more if you are still not happy with your impressions. I actually used the spare set because I wasn’t exactly sure if my first attempt was correct.
Once the most difficult part of the process is behind you, your impressions go back to Smile Brilliant and return to you as custom fitted trays that match your teeth and ensure the best outcome of the whitening process.
So, you had a chance to experiment with play dough and now it’s time to get down to the whitening business. The kit contains two types of gel – one does the whitening and the other is used to desensitize your teeth. Both are dispensed via syringe to make the application as precise as possible. You don’t need a lot per application – in fact, you can get up to four days of whitening per ‘shot’.
As you start your journey, it’s good to take it slow at first and maybe use your kit every other day. This way you will be able to assess whether the whitening products are making your teeth or gums more sensitive. I haven’t actually noticed much, every now and then it felt as if I was putting too much pressure on a toothbrush while brushing (I wasn’t…), but other than that I was able to move on to day to day whitening very quickly.
What I like about the process is that it doesn’t impact your life at all. You just pop the trays on and chill or go about your business as you were. As a busy mom of a toddler I certainly appreciate that aspect. Obviously, you can’t eat or drink during that time, but it’s not a huge sacrifice, especially if you whiten in the evening, after dinner. The trays are comfortable and you’ll quickly get used to wearing them. Need I say more?
Of course I do! I’m sure you all want to know whether the Smile Brilliant system actually works. Yes, it does. It works better than I expected and after about 10-12 applications my discolored patches pretty much disappeared. Saved me a trip to the dentist to clean it up for sure… My pearlies look whiter and the color seem to be more even, also around the edges. Have a look at the photos below to see the transformation for yourself! I’ve been really impressed with the results, even more so due to the fact that I only used up half of the kit so far which means that I can still keep going to see an even better outcome.
What’s also great about the Smile Brilliant system is that you can customize your kit based on your teeth sensitivity and stain level, which means that pretty much everyone can use it. They also ship worldwide making the product extremely accessible. The only extra cost you may incur if you’re based outside of the US is for the shipping of your dental impressions back to the brand.
Based on my experiences with Smile Brilliant, I can wholeheartedly recommend their whitening kits. They are not overly expensive, comparing to the cost of a dentist’s visit, and very effective with minimal effort on your part. It’s a system that won’t impact your lifestyle and is as customized to your needs as possible. Two thumbs up from me!
Now for the giveaway…
One of you lucky readers can win a $149 USD credit to be used on Smile Brilliant website.
All you need to do to enter is CLICK HERE and submit your name and email address.
Other important rules:
- The giveaway is open for 2 weeks (until 02/19/2017)
- The giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada and Australia
- The winner will be contacted via email by the Smiile Brilliant team
- If you’re outside of the USA, you may have to cover the cost of shipping the dental impressions back to Smile Brilliant
And if you don’t win the giveaway this time, you can also use code BEAUTYBUCKETLIST during checkout to receive 10% off your order.
SOME OF THE PRODUCTS MENTIONED IN THIS POST WERE PROVIDED FOR EDITORIAL CONSIDERATION, BUT MY OPINIONS WERE NOT INFLUENCED IN ANY WAY AND WERE BASED PURELY ON MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE PRODUCT.