There are so many different ways to whiten your teeth at home these days, it can be difficult to tell which products actually work, which ones will harm your teeth… etc.
At Home Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant
Why Smile Brilliant?
I’ll be honest, I was not sure about at home teeth whitening at first. I’ve never cared too much about having the whitest teeth. I drink tea and/or coffee on an almost daily basis, and drank way too much soda as a teenager and my early 20s. White teeth are something I have never thought would be attainable for me.
But the more I read about Smile Brilliant after they reached out to me, the more intrigued I became. Smile Brilliant allows you to create your very own custom-fitted whitening trays that fit your teeth perfectly, allowing for better results.
Smile Brilliant is also FDA-approved and Leaping Bunny certified, both of which are extremely important to me (and also, I never considered companies could sell teeth whitening products that aren’t FDA-approved).
Disclaimer: This product was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. For more information, please view my full disclosure policy here.
Getting Started with Smile Brilliant
You’ll receive everything you need in one package. You will get the ingredients to create your custom impressions, plus the teeth whitening gel and desensitizing gel. The gels come in syringes so you can easily apply them to the impressions once those are complete.
The first thing you will need to do is create the impressions of your teeth that will then be shipped to the lab. They will use the impressions to create your custom trays. Creating the custom impressions only took me about 10-15 minutes.
Another thing I love about Smile Brilliant is that you can submit pictures of your impressions to their support team before you send them to the lab. That way, you can make 100% certain your impressions are good to go before they reach the lab.
It takes approximately 1-3 business days to get the impressions back from the lab. The impressions are the exact size of my teeth and fit perfectly. They are a soft, sturdy plastic. I was nervous that they would feel like a retainer, similar to what you receive after getting braces off… which are not comfortable at all. But the impressions are actually super comfortable!
How I Use Smile Brilliant
Since this was my first ever teeth-whitening product, I wasn’t fully sure on how to incorporate this into my routine. I decided that I would whiten every other day or every two days for 45-60 minutes. You can safely whiten daily anywhere between 45 minutes to three hours, with shorter times being recommended for the first few sessions.
I felt three hours was way too long for me! Personally, I would rather wait longer to see results than sit with whitening trays in my mouth for several hours. I whiten my teeth after dinner and before bed. Whitening your teeth after your last meal of the day will give you better results in the long run.
My teeth are not sensitive in general, and I experienced minimal sensitivity while whitening. When I first apply the product, I experience a slight tingling sensation for the first few minutes.
I also experienced some gum whitening while using the product; this is a common reaction to teeth whitening. I did stop whitening for a few days to allow my gums to recover, which does not hurt long-term results. I did not experience irritation or pain, but some people do.
I also recommend keeping a cloth nearby to wipe off any excess saliva that may form while whitening.
Now for the fun part!!
Both of these photos were taken with artificial lighting.
You can definitely tell that I am a coffee/tea drinker, haha. Notice the deep stains towards the bottom of my bottom teeth, and the discoloration on my two front teeth.
You can definitely see the appearance of the stains has been minimized! It’s most noticeable in my two front teeth!
Like I said above, I drink coffee and/or tea pretty much daily. I have also never whitened my teeth before. Decades of soda/coffee/tea staining my teeth will take longer than a month and a half to fully remove, but I truly have noticed a difference in my teeth since starting Smile Brilliant.
The best part is I can continue to purchase the whitening gel and desensitizing gel even when I run out of what came in my kit.
Smile Brilliant vs. Your Dentist vs. Other Products
Smile Brilliant actually offers the exact same, custom-fitted teeth whitening trays as many dentists. By eliminating the dentist and allowing customers to purchase direct, Smile Brilliant is able to deliver up to 5x faster and at 70% of the cost. The average US dentist charges $500+ for the exact same service.
Strips will yield results much faster, but also create more tooth sensitivity. Strips also cannot cover every possible angle of your teeth.
Some choose to whiten teeth at home with charcoal, which is much cheaper and more readily available. But this method can cause long-term damage and has increased risk of eroding the tooth enamel. The results are usually not as optimal as with other methods.
LED at home teeth whitening is also an option I see a lot, and it appeals to many people because it does not cause sensitivity. However, the light frequency for the at home kits is typically not the same frequency as it is at the dentist, which means results will not be the same.
In general, however, most teeth whitening methods are temporary and always require maintenance of some sort, as we are always adding new stains to our teeth. I definitely did NOT kick my coffee/tea habit while whitening my teeth at home… in fact, I probably drank more than I normally do because I was battling some sinus issues for the last couple weeks of my whitening process for this post.
Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit Giveaway!
Smile Brilliant and I have teamed up to give one of you a $149 credit for your very own customized teeth whitening kit! You can enter the giveaway via my link! Open to residents of the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. The giveaway will be open until mid-December 2019.
If you want to go ahead and purchase right now, you can also save 15% by using the code vibrantdreamer15!
Have you ever used an at home teeth whitening product before? What did you think? I’d love to know!
Until next time,
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