This post is a collaboration with Smile Brilliant through US Family Guide. I received teeth whitening trays in exchange for my blog post review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Ever since I introduced coffee and nicotine into my life, my teeth lost the brilliant whiteness they had as a kid. For the past 17 years, I’ve given many different teeth whitening procedures a try – strips, pastes, trays, and LED lights. I’ve asked my dentist for life and gotten a second opinion, but no amazing results. When US Family Guide asked me to give Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays a try, I figured it was worth another try.
Why Smile Brilliant?
The reason I decided to give these teeth whitening trays a try is because while I’ve been a non-smoker for nine years, I refuse to kick coffee to the curb and there are some tough to whiten spots on my teeth. They don’t have the pearly-whiteness they did as a kid. Here’s what they looked like on the day I said yes to the trays:
There’s some white, but just not enough that I feel like my smile shines like it should. When I looked at the pros and cons of Smile Brilliant’s solution, I admit that I was a bit skeptical. I’d tried trays with a dentist before, but I didn’t put the time and effort into them because the gel just turned my stomach – it would always drip. But I was reminded that custom-fitted whitening trays are the #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening method, so thought it was worth giving it a try.
Here’s what else Smile Brilliant had to say that help put me at ease:
- They offer two types of systems – non-sensitive and sensitive – and then three levels of each – light, average, and heavy stains.
- Teeth are like sponges, so they absorb anything you put in your mouth. (This could be good – in the case of teeth whitening gel – or bad – like coffee, berries, and smoking.)
- Whitening trays that have been custom-fitted ensure every angle of your tooth is covered – this means if you don’t have perfectly straight teeth, you still get even coverage.
- Sensitivity after teeth whitening is normal. The system includes a post-whitening fluoride treatment to help get rehydration going faster.
- There is a 45-day money back guarantee with Smile Brilliant if your experience doesn’t work.
So, I decided to send in my before photo (above) and give it a try.
Step 1: Custom Fitting Right at Home
The first step in my teeth whitening process was to open a box that was sent to my front door and create my custom trays. This involved taking a mold of my teeth (top and bottom) and then mailing those molds back to Smile Brilliant.
Admittedly, I was super glad they gave me three sets of the Base and Catalyst paste because I took too much time taking photos for this post and let one of my molds dry before I got it in my mouth. (If you decide to give these a try, note that you can send in a picture of your molds and confirm they are good or purchase extra mold kits – though your set would also come with three – if there are any issues.)
The base and catalyst get mixed together…
…and then you put it in the blue tray and bite into it. This is a one at a time process because this material dries quick!
Once they’ve set, you let them dry and send them off to Smile Brilliant and wait for your custom-fitted whitening trays to return! It took less than 10 days for my package to get to them then back to me, but I let life get in the way and didn’t start trying the system until mid-June.
Step 2: Teeth Whitening Right at Home
I don’t know why, but I was surprised when the trays arrived and they fit my teeth perfectly. Okay, maybe it was my lack in confidence of making the trays myself, that process was a wee bit intimidating for me! I think that if I wasn’t taking the time to take photos, it probably would have been a bit less scary. But anyhow, they fit like a charm and came with a case to keep them in.
So, how’d it go? My system had enough gel to do 18 applications, each tube got me about 3 applications, plus the desensitizing gel. I tried so hard to start out with a 45-minute session my first day, but the taste got to me and I ended up only doing about 30-minutes followed by the 20-minute desensitizing. I talked about this a little bit on my Instagram stories, maybe you caught it? It just didn’t seem like a good fit for my lifestyle.
I felt like a failure. Yeah, I’d read that it would take 45-minutes and ideally up to 3-hours, but I just didn’t know how I’d go on. Then I looked at my teeth and could see a change so decided to stick with it, four times a week. I was semi-successful, getting between 30 to 45 minutes three or four times a week for four weeks. I thought I could do this on my commute, but 45-minutes without access to a sink just didn’t work. Then try to balance whitening with softball, church, and other mom-stuff in the evenings and I just couldn’t figure it all out. I tried, I really did, but I’m not sure that the ROI (return on investment) of teeth whitening trays is a thing for me.
I’ve already told you I wasn’t all that happy with the time investment I had to put in. But what about the results? Was it worth it? Here are my teeth 18 applications later, I’m happy but just not sure I’d rush to go buy more of the syringes to keep it up. Convince me if you think I should do otherwise!
You Want to Try Teeth Whitening With Smile Brilliant? Here’s How!
While I don’t think that maintaining my smile is going to be a top priority right now, maybe you see enough of a change to give it a try. There are two ways you can get started right away – first, you can go out and buy your own kit (and use this coupon code: lilburghers20) or you can enter this giveaway (www.smilebrilliant.com/g/
What questions do you have? Have you tried teeth whitening before? What do you think?