This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant as I received product in exchange for this review. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
As I rolled in 2018 I deemed this year to be all about simplification with a focus on how simplifying my life will lead to my best year yet. This vision of mine encompasses lifestyle choices and changes and one of which has been self-care and love – aka a little ‘Treat yo self, Kelly.‘
Teeth whitening has always been on the back of my mind – I even inquired about the process with my dentist at my last cleaning. However, the price tag that comes along with professional teeth whitening keeps me from taking that first step. That is until I discovered Smile Brilliant and their at-home whitening kits, which are affordable and the ingredients are actually vegan and cruelty-free!
How It Works
Once you receive your kit from Smile Brilliant in the mail, you are given everything you’ll need for the next several weeks. In your kit you’ll find: catalyst and base paste for making your dental impressions, a tray case, whitening and desensitizing gel (which last you 2-3 whitening sessions/syringe), and detailed information cards on what to do throughout the whole whitening process.
The most important first step is creating your impressions, which will be sent off and your finished personalized trays will be then mailed back to you. It took about a week or so for me to receive my trays and they fit like a glove! Next, you simply use the whitening syringe to apply a layer of gel on your trays and apply for however long you think is the best recommendation for your teeth. Afterwards, you clean your tray with cold water and brush your teeth like normal – then you repeat the process but with Smile Brilliant’s desensitizing gel this time. Using the desensitizing gel after each whitening session helps prevent tooth/gum sensitivities, which is fairly common of any whitening product.
Tip: I recommend you whiten your teeth before bedtime so you don’t risk creating new stains by eating or drinking after a whitening session.
After making my impressions I sent them off in my pre-paid envelope and received notifications of when they received them to when my trays would be shipped back to me. This process didn’t take long and within the week I received my trays and could begin whitening.
Since receiving my personalized trays back I was ready to begin the whitening process!
Knowing that my teeth were lightly stained due to wine and coffee over the years, I knew I wouldn’t need to whiten on a regular basis. Smile Brilliant recommends that one should start at 45 minutes and never exceed 3 hours. Knowing I only wanted a light whitening, I decided to stick with 45 minutes my first session and for the following two I waited between 20-40 minutes. Within two whitening sessions I’ve already achieved the white smile I was looking forward to! Thankfully, with my kit I have plenty of gel to last me until the next time I’d like to freshen up my smile.
One question I always receive about whitening my teeth at home is whether or not I’ve experienced sensitivity. Thankfully, with the use of Smile Brilliant‘s desensitizing gel that I use after each whitening session I haven’t had any unusual sensitivity with eating or drinking. Even after a few sessions I’ve noticed no erosion or pain associated with whitening my teeth. However, sensitivity is extremely common, so here are a few resources you can use to help should your teeth or gums become sensitive.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed this at-home teeth whitening experience because it works! No longer am I self-conscious about my smile and worried about having to finance a professional whitening bill. Smile Brilliant made this process so easy, convenient, personalized just for me, and a whitening system that works.
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