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Home Teeth Whitening Giveaway

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down, shares how to whiten your teeth at home with Smile Brilliant!

As much as I love my teeth, I’ve always been painfully aware of how slightly yellow they look when I have lipstick on. It’s always been the thing that I didn’tlike about my teeth.The thing that braces didn’t give me. A killer, dazzling, blindingly-white, just-got-professional-dental-whitening smile. 

Back in September, Smile Brilliant approached me to try their at-home whitening system. I had never had any luck with whitening strips. They never stayed on and I always felt like I was accidentally swallowing chemicals that I shouldn’t be swallowing. Therefore, I was pumped.

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down, shares how to whiten your teeth at home with teeth whitening by Smile Brilliant!

Making Your Impressions

Smile Brilliant mails your kit to your house #BLESSED. There are detailed instructions inside the kit on how to create your impressions – all down to the amount seconds you spend on step. I had two sisters help me (photography and timing) but it’s easy enough to do by yourself.

Once you’re done, all you have to do is just stick your impressions in a pre-paid envelope and shortly after they will send you back the custom trays you’ll use for actual whitening.

For anyone who’s had braces, I would say making your impressions is very much like getting your molds done. Except the difference is that you can control the pressure placed on the back of your mouth by the molds rather than relying on the person doing it to notice your discomfort.

The best thing about the kit, though, is actually that it comes with extra putty. I loved that because I actually messed up making my first impression. I let it sit too long :p But, the bright side to messing up is I now have a weird looking momento of my mouth!

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down, shares how to whiten your teeth at home with teeth whitening by Smile Brilliant!

Whitening: The Process

There’s only three things you’ll need to whiten with Smile Brilliant and they are your custom trays, whitening gel, and desensitizing gel.

First, you apply a thin line of whitening gel inside your custom tray. Then, you insert the trays into your mouth. When you first start out, it’s recommended that you whiten for 45 minutes and then up it to 3 hours per session as your teeth become more accustomed to the process. I stuck to 45 minutes for applications.

After you whiten, you can brush your teeth. Then comes the desensitizing gel. I didn’t experience any sensitivity at all when I first started my applications so I almost skipped this step. But, my rep, Jessica, recommended that I should still do it. The reason is because the desensitizing gel does more than just that. It also helps close pores faster than letting the saliva do it naturally and helps prevent staining!

At that point, I just remember thinking, “Teeth have pores?” but I trusted my rep and did it anyway. I stuck to 20 minutes of desensitizing after 45 minutes of whitening throughout.

Two things you need to know about the whitening process are 1) You may experience discolouration when you whiten and 2) also experience sensitivity, which is a possible side effect of all whitening products.

The white lines of discolouration happen because of a process called decalcification. It’s totally normal and it will go away in a couple hours – and definitely by the next day. As for the sensitive teeth issue, I didn’t experience sensitivity until the 10th out of 20 applications. It wasn’t intense – very mild actually – but it’s definitely something to look out for.

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down, shares how to whiten your teeth at home with teeth whitening by Smile Brilliant!

Retrospective

Some takeaways from my experience as as follows:

1) It takes WAY more dedication than you think to whiten every day. Especially if it’s recommended that you do it right before bed and that you don’t eat or drink after. I felt like I had to stay up an extra hour because, by the time I thought, “Let’s go to bed,” I would be like, “Oh yeah, I should whiten my teeth now.”

2) The results are way better if you can whiten every day or every other day. For me, I have a really busy work schedule so I found it difficult to whiten as frequently as was recommended.

3) If you’ve ever had bonding done on your teeth, know that are significantly less susceptible to teeth whitening. That was a personal concern of mine, as I had had bonding done before on my two front teeth. I didn’t notice any major difference in whitening on my front teeth so it was all good in the hood but it’s definitely something you may want to inquire about to your dentist. I actually called my dentist lmao.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m happy with my results given how infrequently I whitened my teeth with Smile Brilliant’s products. It’s to-date the most successful teeth whitening product I’ve used. Better than any white strip and any toothpaste. I love that they are custom to my teeth, stay on, work, and have a great team behind them.

In my opinion, if you whiten way more regularly than me, you should see a really big difference – especially if you don’t have bonding on your teeth. My 20 applications were pretty spread out because of my schedule so the results are as expected.

Pros

Cons

Easy to use

May be hard to fit into your schedule

Great long-term value

Shipping costs outside the US

Custom-made for you

Possible high barrier for new customers with price

Makes for a great gift

Possible sensitivity – although mild

Great customer service

Gel syringes last a long time

Equivalent to whitening done at the dentist for less

Thuy from lifestyle blog, Dress Up, Chow Down, shares how to whiten your teeth at home with teeth whitening by Smile Brilliant!

Have you had any luck with teeth whitening products? Tell me your experience below in the comments!

Shout out to Jessica, from Smile Brilliant, who was very patient with me throughout these past few months. I moved in the middle of the entire process and got bogged down with work but she never pressured me and was very supportive. She always put my whitening experience first. You rock, Jessica!

Giveaway

Thanks to Smile Brilliant, I’m happy to offer you guys a chance to try Smile Brilliant’s at home teeth whitening system. The giveaway is open for 1 week and will close next Saturday at 9:00am. The prize is $139 credit for Smile Brilliant systems ranging from $129-$159. And you want to know what the best part is?

It’s open to the USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents 😀

On top of all of that, you can get 5% off whitening trays if you use my coupon code dressupchowdown.

To enter this giveaway, just click here and simply enter your name and email address! Good luck 🙂

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