July 1, 2015

Review of Smile Brilliant Custom Teeth Whitening

Tooth Whitening by Smile Brilliant

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love coffee. The bolder, the darker, the stronger the better! But with this love of coffee comes a couple consequences: one is a mean caffeine headache if you've ever skipped a cup, and the other is unsightly yellowish, stained teeth (ewww). Along with my love affair with coffee comes my obsession with keeping my teeth white. If you've been reading my blog long, you're probably familiar with a few other teeth whitening techniques I've used and been happy with. Things like baking soda & peroxide to activated charcoal for those who are sensitive to chemicals but still want bright pearly whites! These are still fabulous options for those who want a more natural approach, but for those of us out there who want an at-home option that rivals what your dentist's office can provide (for a fraction of the cost) there's a way to get it!

So, imagine my delight when I was contacted by Smile Brilliant to try their at-home, professional strength, CUSTOM teeth whitening system! After reading up on the product and some reviews and deciding if it was something I was interested in (I'm picky like that) I replied with a hearty "YES!" What set them apart to me were two main components: 1) they send you ALL the materials to make your own personal mold for your very own trays that only fit your mouth AND 2) they have a desensitizing gel step that you use in conjunction with the whitening gel to make sure you are keeping the integrity of your tooth enamel in tact and not suffering the agonizing and dreaded pain and sensitivity that so many of us avid teeth whiteners experience. An added bonus is this entire system retails for $119 when you'd easily be spending close to the $500 range to have it done at your dentist's office. Sock that extra money away for a little weekend getaway or night out on the town to show off your new and improved chompers! 

Here's what comes in the kit:

You get all the materials needed to create your own personal "teeth mold" to send back (padded envelope and postage are also included) they even send you extra in case you make a mistake! You just take one disc of the white "stuff" and one disc of the blue "stuff" and mix them together in your hands until its all one color, evenly distribute it through the provided trays and then place in your mouth by pressing up evenly into your teeth (top teeth) and straight down (bottom teeth) making sure not to slide them forward or backwards. Be careful not to wiggle or wedge the trays at all as this will cause your final custom trays to fit too loosely, therefore not providing the optimum whitening effect.

Here's what mine looked like. I let them dry overnight before I sent them back in the mail. They even shoot you an email letting you know they received your molds and keep you posted on the tray making process and when they've shipped out your new personalized trays! The customer service at Smile Brilliant is incredible. If you have any questions during the process, there is always someone available via phone or email to help you out!

Then you get a cute little plastic travel case with your new unique-to-you trays inside! The final trays are clear and nice and thin. They're not hard like I thought they would be (similar to my retainer) but they're quite flexible and easy to use! You're ready to start whitening! The individually packaged syringes are included in your original kit, along with the syringes of desensitizing gel. There's a great, detailed instruction card with plenty of instructional photos that explains how to use your gels (and about how much product to use) along with helpful tips and tricks. However, if you prefer to watch videos, there are awesome tutorials on YouTube. If you have specific questions, checkout their FAQ section.

Here are my teeth before I started my Smile Brilliant process. You can see some staining on the surface as well as in between my teeth (thanks a lot, Starbucks):

Here is a shot taken after the very first application where I only wore my trays for about 30 minutes. Pretty incredible! I see at least a shade or two difference after only ONE half hour application!

You can really see the white spots on some teeth and an overall brightened up appearance. The spots start to disappear after a couple more sessions. In the spirit of being completely honest with my readers, I wanted to also note my gums in this photo. I used too much gel and it ended up seeping out of my trays and onto my gums causing some white spots and even a little "burn" down on the bottom gum line. After I corrected my mistake and started using the correct amount of product, this didn't happen again and my gums were just peachy keen! The reason I'm telling y'all is so that you don't make the same mistake I did. I didn't notice any sensitivity on my teeth from using the gel, but my teeth are pretty strong. I did always notice some tingling and slight burning on my gums if the gel leaked out. You could always use a different whitening gel with your new custom trays if this gel doesn't work the best for you personally. Smile Brilliant is one of the only teeth whitening companies that offers 100% personal fit trays (instead of a one-size fits all mouth guard type of tray which NEVER gets all the nooks and crannies of your mouth).

And finally...here are my final results after using my trays every few days for about a month! The really cool part about using Smile Brilliant, is after your initial treatment (3, 6, or 9 syringes depending on the kit you choose) you really only need to "touch up" your teeth about once a month if you notice any staining! I love that I don't have to worry about whitening every day or even every week. Low maintenance is what we're all after right? What I really liked about my results, are that all my surface stains are visibly gone, but my teeth don't have that unnatural "blue tint" to them like I would get when using whitening strips. I always felt like I was going to glow under a black like (like Ross from Friends....anyone remember that episode?) This just felt like I have bright white, but still natural looking teeth!

Smile Brilliant is doing a really amazing contest right now where you can enter to win the entire kit for FREE! If you want to enter CLICK HERE! 

Here's their website link if you missed it above: Smile Brilliant 

If you enter my code "talklipstick" at checkout, you'll get 5% off! SCORE!

Thanks so much for reading and don't forget to enter the contest!

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