13 June 2018

Whitening Sensitive Teeth at Home

I've tried several at-home teeth whitening options -- I've used the whitening toothpaste, the white strips, the whitening mouthwash, and even the paint on gel....but honestly? Nothing ever resulted in a truly whiter, brighter smile.

When I was contacted by Smile Brilliant with an option to do a review, I admit, I was a bit skeptical. Would this be like the others? Lots of hype with minimal payoff? I'd honestly never heard of an 'at-home professional teeth whitening system' before, so I wanted to do some research first. I scoured their website. I watched several YouTube videos, read tons of reviews and testimonies. After all, these are my teeth! I don't want to potentially jeopardize the health and structure just for the sake of vanity. But guess what? Everything checked out.

The Smile Brilliant system is built specifically so that it works perfectly for each individual customer. No two kits are the same because each kit begins with the customer making trays that are specifically fitted to your particular set of teeth. Have you ever gotten a set of impressions done at a dentist? It's kind of like that. Your kit comes with these small containers of blue and white putty lus two mouth trays. You mix one jar of white putty with one jar of blue putty until the colors are combined & then evenly spread it throughout the mouth tray, making sure to work as fast as possible. (Once the putty colors are combined, they begin to cure, so it's very important to do this step in a timely manner).

Once the putty properly spread throughout the tray, you open your mouth and place it on your top set of teeth and gently press your teeth all the way in the putty, up to the gums, being careful not to bite the tray or drag your teeth through the putty. The tray must stay in place for three minutes to get a great impression. Once the designated amount of time has passed, gently pop the tray away from your teeth & begin the process again on your bottom teeth. Once both impressions have been made, rinse the trays for several minutes under cold water, but •do not• remove the putty from the trays. It is vital that the trays sit for at least 30 minutes before putting them back in the pre-paid envelope to send back to Smile Brilliant.

Once you've mailed your dental impressions back to Smile Brilliant, their lab technicians will get to work making you your very own custom fitted trays. Once your impressions are completed, Smile Brilliant will mail them back to you so you can begin your teeth whitening process.

Here is a step-by-step breakdown of the teeth whitening process:
1. Brush your teeth with water (do not use toothpaste as fluoride slows down the whitening process) 
2. Whiten your teeth between 45 minutes up to 3 hours, depending on your sensitivity (3 hours max per day! Do not whiten overnight, it can cause extreme sensitivity) 
3. After whitening, brush your teeth with a non-whitening toothpaste 
4. Rinse trays out with cool water 
5. Desensitize your teeth for 20 minutes (make sure not to drink or eat for 1 hour after each session) 
6. Remove trays, but do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth, just spit out the excess gel (leave a thin layer of desensitizing gel on your teeth) 
7. Rinse trays out with cool water and leave out to dry 
8. Sleep! It is the best to whiten before bed so you are not introducing your teeth to any staining food or drinks.
Sounds easy enough, right? The average person will need one to two weeks of daily (or every other day, depending on sensitivity) applications to remove all stains from their teeth. For reference - One gel syringe holds three to four full applications (aka enough to cover both the upper and lower teeth). I feel like this is a given but just in case I should probably mention that while you're using the Smile Brilliant system, you should avoid teeth staining food like coffee, chocolate, wine, berries, dark colored soda, beets, tea, red sauces, candy,...basically, any foods that have the tendency to contain a lot of natural or artificial dyes in them. Think about it this way -- if they'll stain your clothes, they'll stain your teeth.

Overall thoughts? The Smile Brilliant System is totally worth it. I have a fair amount of teeth sensitivity so I went into the process using the desensitizing gel and I only stayed in the whitening trays for about an hour each time, but I am very pleased with the noticeable change in color so far. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the gel got into the edges between my teeth and whitened them as well, but I think I need to give props to the custom whitening trays for that! The trays are made so well that they really allow the whitening gel to reach all areas of your teeth. 

Coupon Code & Giveaway Time!
Smile Brilliant has graciously provided my readers with a 20% coupon code that can be used with any of their whitening systems! Use code "fashionintheforest20" (no quotes) at checkout to get your discount! 

Additionally, Smile Brilliant is giving away a $149 credit to one lucky Fashion In The Forest reader! The giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia & Canadian residents. Click here to enter the giveaway! Good luck everyone!

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 Smile Brilliant sent me their at-home teeth whitening system as a PR sample in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and in no way are influenced by Smile Brilliant.
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