I’m all about low-maintenance beauty. Anything I can do quickly, at home, or as infrequently as possible, you know I’m totally in. Balayage highlights that touch ups once or twice a year, at home shellac manicures, if it’s low maintenance, and especially if it’s more affordable, I’m on board.
That being said, the last time I went to the dentist, he asked if teeth whitening was something I would be interested in — uh, yes. I used to be the girl picking up tooth whitening strips from Target before vacation. I never used them all because they made my teeth sensitive, they moved around while I was using them, and I always found myself wanting something a little easier to use. So when Smile Brilliant wanted to team up for a partnership, I couldn’t say no.
Before I dive in, I just want to share my thoughts about collaborations and partnerships: it is so important for me to keep it honest with you guys. I really don’t want to bring anything into my life that doesn’t add value — especially when I don’t feel like I’m done paring down my possessions and routines. And I want to treat you with that same respect. So… I don’t partner with any company, brand, or person that I am not personally excited about and feel that it would add value to my life and yours.
Here’s the really cool thing: you don’t have to schedule an appointment with your dentist, you don’t even have to leave the house if you don’t want to (I personally like to drop off at the Post Office). It’s also cheaper than doing the exact same process at the dentist. My dentist quoted me $200, and SmileBrilliant only charges $140.
I ordered my kit on a Thursday and received it the following Monday. I made my impressions and sent them off the next day. It’s super simple. I brushed and flossed my teeth. Then I started making my impressions — one at a time because the paste doesn’t take long to harden. There’s a third set of paste in case you mess up and want a redo. Each impression uses one blue base paste and one white catalyst paste. Mix the two by repeatedly folding in half and squishing until there are no big white streaks in the paste. Spread the paste evenly across the impression tray and insert straight up into your teeth (not at an angle). You’ll hold the tray there for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. To ensure an accurate impression, you don’t want to wiggle the impression tray. Then, you pop the impression out. Now you can do your second impression. Mix the paste, spread evenly, insert straight down, hold for 2 1/2 minutes, and pop it out. Leave the impressions in the trays. Let the paste continue to set for another 30+ minutes. Rinse with cool water, let air dry and ship it off with your return card!
Now, even though I have sensitive teeth, I only really felt that sensitivity a couple of times through the teeth whitening process. SmileBrilliant offers a desensitization gel that you can use after each whitening treatment to reduce tooth sensitivity, remineralize your teeth, and prevent re-staining.
I used the whitening treatments 7x and used the desensitization gel most of the time. Each treatment needs to be at least 45 minutes long, but can last up to 3 hours before the gel stops working. I typically whitened my teeth for about an hour each session.
I’ve gotta say, I am so happy with SmileBrilliant. The process was really easy and I love that my teeth are definitely whiter without looking too white or unnatural. I will definitely be using the remainder of my gel to keep up my progress — let’s be honest, tea, coffee, and red wine aren’t on my side, and unfortunately, I love them all!
my before photo
my after photo
I T ‘ S G I V E A W A Y T I M E . . .
I’ve enjoyed this process so much that I’m giving away a SmileBrilliant kit to one of you!
One winner will receive 1 tray creation kit + 6 gel syringes of their choice ($139.95 credit).
Congratulations Natasha Shipley! Enjoy your SmileBrilliant whitening kit!
Didn’t win? Use my code “bywild” at checkout to get 5% off your purchase.
Here’s Danielle Mansutti’s experience with SmileBrilliant:
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