For the last few months, I had been contemplating about starting a new teeth whitening routine. For starters, I’m a blogger with a focus on fashion. I’m constantly in front of the camera making new content to share on this site. But, there’s more to it than that! I am also a bride to be AND a self-proclaimed coffee addict. Years of drinking multiple coffees per day (hello, Starbucks habit!) and indulging in quite a few delicious glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon have stained my teeth. Let me just say I definitely have no regrets about these vices. However, recently I’ve been trying to get as ready as possible for the big day next summer. I started by going to the gym more and cleaning up my diet. The next on the agenda was teeth whitening! The day of my wedding I know I will never stop smiling and I want the pictures to show my pearly whites. Needless to say, I was really excited to collaborate with Smile Brilliant to bring you this post.
Part of why teeth whitening can seem prohibitive is due to the exorbitant cost. Professional teeth whitening can cost upwards of $700. Smile Brilliant’s at home kit retails for only $149, making it an affordable option for those looking to brighten their smile. In the past I have used affordable white strips to better my smile but I learned from this process that 30 minute white strips don’t actually work! It takes at least 40 minutes to start the whitening process, so using products that only require 30 minutes are not even meeting the minimum. Smile Brilliant is a lot more effective and is one of the only at home whitening systems that whitens teeth beyond the surface.
Aside from being cost-effective, it’s also super easy to use and convenient. When you receive your whitening kit, you receive the materials to make teeth molds for your trays. Once they’re complete all you need to do is mail them back to Smile Brilliant and they send you back your customized and ready to use trays within a few days. The whitening process itself is pretty simple. First you prep your teeth by brushing (without toothpaste) and floss. It’s important to remember not to brush with toothpaste because the fluoride affects the whitening process. Then, you apply a thin layer of whitening gel to the trays where the front of the teeth are. Once the trays are set, pop them in your mouth and that’s it! Then, you go about your night and wait. You can whiten for up to 1-3 hours. After you are finished whitening, you simply brush with toothpaste, clean your trays, and then apply the desensitizing gel in the same way you applied the whitener. The desensitizing gel helps drastically minimize tooth sensitivity and only needs to be left on for 15-20 minutes.
Overall, I found the process to be simple and easy. Smile Brilliant recommends whitening at night before bed so I simply made it part of my nighttime routine. I whitened for 1-1.5 hours 12 times while I watched my favorite TV shows or read my books. It definitely made the time fly by! The key is definitely consistency and I will say it was not as easy as I thought it would be. Between some late nights at my corporate job and a hectic schedule of work events and nights out, I found myself struggling to fit it in sometimes but I made it a point to whiten at least every other day during this time period. I do not normally have overly sensitive teeth so I was not sure that this would be an issue for me. I was nervous in the beginning because most of us associate teeth whitening with pain. I found that Smile Brilliant was gentle as far as teeth whiteners go. I applied coconut oil to my gums as recommended before wearing the trays to be safe. I experienced a little sensitivity in the time period immediately after whitening but thanks to the desensitizing gel the sensitivity was gone by the morning.
Bottom: After 12 Sessions
I’m loving these results! Smile Brilliant sells the whitening and desensitizing gels on their own for when you need a touch up. I plan on using the leftover whitening gel for a touch up closer to my wedding. For now, I’ll be smiling wide and bright!
Since we’re all in the holiday spirit of giving this season I am partnering with Smile Brilliant to bring you a giveaway! We will be giving away a $139 credit towards a purchase of your own kit.
*Giveaway is open for two weeks and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents*
If you intend to purchase, use code ‘BEHINDTHESCENESWITHBRITTANY15’ to receive $15 off your tray!