About 10 years ago I forked out the money to get professional trays from my dentist to start whitening my teeth. At the time I was just finishing up undergrad and my teeth definitely had some staining from soda, tea, and other bad staining habits I had put them through over the years. The whitening worked great and I was pleased, but the upkeep on gel for whitening was a bit expensive. As time passed I stopped buying the gel and my teeth slowly started to see the effects of staining again.
I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me and offered to send a teeth whitening kit that is as effective as getting your teeth whitened at the dentist. Since I already had experience with whitening at the dentist I was very interested to see how this process compared. With having professional trays made years ago, this also meant that my husband could get his molds done with the kit they sent and we could do this together. I don’t know about you, but I always have so much more fun when my husband and I can try something new out together.
The best part to me was that you could make your own custom fitted trays at home. We both work full time and have busy schedules. Being able to do this at home was so quick and easy. The kit comes with plastic trays, putty mold, and very detailed instructions. I like that it includes extra putty in case you mess up and need to redo your molds. Once you have your molds you mail them back to Smile Brilliant and they create your trays in their lab.
After receiving the trays back you can officially start whitening. You want to put an even layer of gel in the trays to coat your teeth. I would leave my trays in for about 45-60 minutes each whitening session. I whitened every other day or every two days if I was feeling a little sensitivity. The best part is they also have desensitizing gel for those of us who have more sensitive teeth!
BEST TIME TO WHITEN
Obviously the best time to whiten is going to be different for everyone. For those that are busy like us, we found the best time to whiten was at night. My husband and I try to watch one show before bed if time allows. This lets us both unwind from the hectic day and spend a little time together before we crash and have to start all over again the next day. This was the perfect time to do our whitening. We would put our trays in, start the show, and then take them out when the show was over. You don’t even notice you have them in!
DECALCIFICATION OR DE-MINERALIZATION OF THE TEETH
Smile Brilliant has awesome customer service. After about two weeks of whitening we both started to notice some white spots on our teeth. I had never experienced this before and contacted them right away and found out that this is really normal for a lot of people. It is called decalcification, or de-mineralization of the teeth. As the whitening gel carries stains out, it takes with it minerals and hydration. When the teeth are dehydrated, these white spots appear much more vivid. As your teeth naturally remineralize with your saliva, these whiter spots will diminish. The desensitizing gel actually helps speed this up as well, so be sure to use it! To get the most benefit from the desensitizing gel, use it right before bed and do not rinse or brush after applying it. Simply swish and spit out any excess desensitizing gel.
When you look in the mirror every single day, it’s sometimes hard to notice the subtle changes occurring. The first time I noticed the difference was when we took a selfie about three weeks after we had started the process. I looked at the photo in my camera and my initial reaction was “I don’t have to use an app to whiten our teeth before I post this!” Yes, I’m guilty of using a whitening tool before posting photos (insert shameful emoji here).
Overall I loved this experience and the product. I can attest that it is definitely comparable to going to the dentist to get your teeth whitened at a fraction of the cost. Plus you can do this in the comfort of your own home! It doesn’t get much better than that.
SMILE BRILLIANT GIVEAWAY
The best part about partnering with Smile Brilliant is they are providing a giveaway to my readers! One reader will receive a $149 credit towards a Smile Brilliant system (kits start at $139). The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks from today on Monday, February 12th. Giveaway is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents. Make sure to enter your name and email on the GIVEAWAY PAGE to win!
For those that don’t win, but would still love to try your own at-home teeth whitening kit, you can use the code thoughtfullyunraveled for 10% off!
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Krissy lives in California with her family of three that make up “The Hadicks.” With a passion for research and helping others, The Hadicks was developed as a resource for other parents and parents-to-be!