Do you drink a lot of coffee or tea? Are you a smoker? Or do you just wish for those perfect pearly white teeth that you see on celebs? Having perfectly white teeth is always something I have wanted. I drink a lot of tea (I mean to say A LOT) so naturally it has taken it’s toll on my teeth over the years and has led to some yellow staining – something I am not too proud to show off!
If you’re not already familiar with teeth whitening, then basically it’ s the process of bleaching the teeth back to their original colour – not adding artificial whiteness as some people believe! To do this, dentists custom make silicone trays using moulds of your teeth and then get you to apply the whitening gel (which is usally some form of peroxide) into the trays and then onto your teeth. It’s a pretty standard process but it will usually cost you a fortune to get it done professionally by a dentist. This is the exact reason why people look for cheaper alternatives when it comes to teeth whitening.
I was recently approached by Bryan from a company called Smile Brilliant! who specialize in at-home teeth whitening systems. They claim to provide their customers with teeth whitening results that you would normally only achieve by going to the denstist and for 70% less cost. He asked me if I would like to try out their Custom Fitted Trays and Whitening Gel solution so after a little research on the product, of corse I jumped at the chance!
Step 1. The Ordering Process
The ordering process on their website is fairly straight forward. You pick your custom fitted trays and the amount of whitening gel syringes you would like ranging from 3 – 9 syringes (depending on personal preference of corse). You also get the option to purchase the pack of 3 Desensitizing gel syringes for an extra $19.95 which personally I feel are a must-have but yet again, a personal preference. From here you can go straight to checkout and imput all your shipping and payment details and there you have it, easy-peasy!
Your Custom Tray Creation Kit will then be shipped off and depending on where you live, will take anything from 2-3 business days in the US or 7-10 days outside of the US. As I live in Ireland, my package took 8 working days to get here which I actually thought was pretty quick considering that was just standard postal delivery.
Step 2. Receiving the Kit & Making your Impressions
First impressions were great! The Kit looked so professional and had me excited to get started. The step-by-step instruction manual inside will tell you exactly what you need to do and guide you through the custom tray creation process. I mixed the two pastes together and combined them well for about 30 seconds. After that I evenly distributed the paste onto the moulds and then placed them in my mouth. You will need to bite down quite firmly on them for about 2 minutes but after that you’re all done. Smile Brilliant! kindly provides you with 3 moulding pastes to create your impressions, should you make a mistake on your first one like I did – you will have the extra paste to make a fresh impression. Making the moulds were so easy but it did require a good bit of concentration just so you can get the impression perfect! A video on the whole process can be seen here. After you have created your impressions and are happy with how they turned out, all you need to do is pop them into the self-addressed envelope and post it back to the Smile Brilliant! lab. The postage is already paid if you live in the US but if you’re outside it like me, you will need to pay a small fee to have it shipped back (I paid 4 euros from Ireland to the US).
Once the lab has recieved your impressions they will send you an email to let you know that your custom fitted trays are being made and will be shipped out in 1-2 days. When they have been shipped, you will recive another email confirming this. I recieved my new custom fitted trays in less time than when I first recieved the kit, which I was really surprised about (6 working days). They fitted my teeth perfectly and also came packaged in a handy carry case which keeps your trays clean and easy to find.
Step 4. The Whitening Process
I was eager to get my teeth whitening process started so I gathered the Kit and all it’s contents and prepared my teeth for the gel application by just washing and rinsing them thoroughly with water. I then placed a small thin line of gel throughout the whole middle part of the trays and popped them into my mouth. The step-by-step instructions for this process are also included so don’t worry if you’re not too sure what to do.
I found the trays quite comfortable to wear and I didn’t experience too much discomfort. However, they can make talking normal a little difficult and you will also find yourself drooling quite a bit during the whitening process so it is probably best to not make any social plans during this time. Treatment can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 3 hours, depending on how much time you have. It is best to space your sessions out once a day over a 7 day period to get the maximum results possible without causing irritation to your gums.
The whitening gel itself doesn’t have a strong chemical smell and for me the taste was fine! (You probably will end up swallowing a small amount but it’s not harmful). If any excess gel had leaked out onto my gums, all I would do is wipe it using some tissue. Once my time was up, I removed my trays and spat out any remaining gel and would then go ahead and rinse out my mouth with some water.
If you’re someone who rarely suffers from sensitivity then this step might not matter to you. However, I have always struggled with hot and cold foods (mainly ice-cream) and I found myself needing some soothing after my whitening sessions so this is where I used the Smile Brilliant! Desensitizing gel.
I applied the gel to clean dry trays, much like how I did for the whitening process and left the gel on for no longer than 15 minutes. I spat out the remaining gel once my time was up but this time I didn’t rinse out my mouth. Saliva is needed for the desensitizing gel to have it’s greatest effect so this part is important! Don’t worry about the taste of the gel either – I found it quite pleasant and the minty taste was nice and fresh.
After my very first session I noticed results straight away. My teeth were pretty stained before I started so it was really obvious for me that the product had start to do it’s job. I was really impressed! I found it hard to stop myself from wanting to do another session later on that evening, however I made myself wait and carried out session 2 the next day. After 3-4 sessions consecutively I was really noticing a difference. My teeth were visibly whiter and somehow this made them look even straighter too – a double bonus for me! I did however start noticing a slight bit of sensitivity after the fourth consecutive session but this was minimal and really only lasted an hour or so after whitening.
I continued on with my sessions and continued to see results. I would say my teeth stopped getting whiter after day 4 or 5 but I was determined to keep doing the sessions up until day 7. After my sixth session I took a one day break (mainly due to plans I had on that day) but carried on with my seventh and final session the very next day.
For every teeth whitening session I did I made sure to leave the gel on for the full 3 hours – except on day 1. My first session I was obviously a little nervous to see how my teeth and gums would react so I only left the gel on for an hour. Something I would recommend doing if like me, you’re feeling a little apprehensive about the whole whitening process. Overall, I can honestly say I am delighted with my results and I would recommend this Smile Brilliant! Teeth Whitening system to anyone looking for a whiter smile! It’s so easy to do and really gives you the results of a professional whitening treatment. I am always nervous of visiting the dentist regardless of what procedure I need but these custom fitted trays are great because not only can you do it in your own home, you don’t have to sit in that dreaded dentists chair!
Do you want to win a Smile Brilliant! Teeth Whitening Kit too? I’m doing a GIVEAWAY!
Smile Brilliant! have kindly given me another one of these kits plus 3 of the Whitening gel & 3 Desensitizing gel syringes to Giveaway to one of you lovely lot. I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway as I honestly loved this product and wanted to share it with you too. To enter my giveaway and win this Kit worth $139.90 all you have to do is enter via the link down below and the winner will be announced after the closing date. Entries can be made up until February 5th 2015. I will also announce the winner on my Twitter. You can follow me on twitter here if you haven’t already. Thank you for reading!
**EDIT** The winner of this giveaway has now been emailed. Please check your inbox to see if it was you! Congratulations!