** disclosure: this is a sponsored post. smile brilliant
i have to admit, between working full-time,
babysitting former preschool students of mine, and blogging
in much of my free time, self-care sometimes goes out the window.
don't get me wrong, i enjoy keeping busy!
in fact, i prefer a week and/or weekend filled with
blog events, appointments, brunch dates, trips to visit my family, etc.
but what does this all mean? i end up drinking far too much coffee
to keep me active and energized (!!!).
my drink of choice is a dark roast drip coffee or americano;
though delicious, the one or two cups i drink each day
inevitably stains my teeth. i've tried numerous products and brands
of whitening toothpastes, gels, strips, and rinses - to no avail.
my teeth continue to look somewhat yellow, and after using
these harsh whitening products, i notice a heightened sensitivity to cold
drinks and acidic foods. this is less than ideal for a girl
who not only loves coffee, but also ice cream!
when smile brilliant reached out to me and offered to let
me try their customized teeth whitening trays, i couldn't wait to get started!
the first step was to create impressions of my teeth.
smile brilliant provided the supplies (including extra putty
in case i made a mistake), detailed instructions,
and a pre-paid mailing envelope to send off the molds of me teeth
before receiving my custom-fit trays. after letting the
molds dry, i sent them off and waited less than a week before
receiving my trays (pictured above)!
inside my kit, i also received three syringes of the teeth whitening
gel, as well as three syringes of the desensitizing gel.
to apply, simply squeeze a thin layer (in the center of the tray that will touch
your teeth) of the whitening gel on both the top and bottom tray.
then, place the trays in your mouth and voila! the whitening process begins.
one thing i quickly noticed when using the smile brilliant
whitening trays, is that i could easily multi-task (including talking on the
phone) while wearing the trays. in the past, when i've used whitening strips,
i feel as though the strips are falling off or falling out of my mouth;
i constantly slurp and need to re-adhere the strips to my teeth.
i end up feeling annoyed and skeptical of other 'miracle' health and beauty
products, as i seldom notice a difference.
this at home teeth whitening system was truly a different experience
altogether. i felt that i could whiten while relaxing in my room or on-the-go;
the whitening trays are safe to stay in your mouth for periods as
long as one to three hours! when you're done whitening, just rinse
the tray with cool water. then, similar to the whitening gel, apply
the desensitizing gel to the trays and wear for another
15-20 minutes. the desensitizing gel protects your enamel and helps
prevent future stains.
there is enough gel in the whitening and desensitizing
syringes for three uses (and possibly more, depending on the amount
you place in your customized tray).
i wore the trays over the holidays every-other night for just under four
weeks. i cannot tell you what a difference i have noticed in my smile!
the results are comparable to those you would receive when
visiting your dentist for whitening services.
^^^ before & after! ^^^
photos by elizabeth kathryn photography
before using whitening products, i am always
weary of damaging my enamel and increased teeth
sensitivity. after reading this article, my mind was at ease.
to learn more about smile brilliant, you can read these customer
reviews and watch this video tutorial.
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