At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?
So, I think it’s time I admit to something that most of you know by now…I’m addicted to coffee. Yes, I admit it! I drink at least 4 cups a day (that’s not an exaggeration, ask my co-workers or look at my instagram feed) and unfortunately, this has led to some major insecurities for me in regards to my smile. I have always been slightly self-conscious of my smile, I had braces for a few years but never wore my retainer afterward, so my smile has always been a sensitive subject. I’ve grown to love it a lot more over the years, and have actually been doing a lot lately to perfect it again (like it was immediately after braces in the 8th grade LOL). That’s where Smile Brilliant comes in.
I’ve tried every possible whitening tactic out there (other than charcoal because to be completely honest, the thought of putting that in my mouth terrifies me for some reason) and aside from a professional whitening at a dentist that I was lucky enough to receive at an extremely discounted rate (these normally run $500+), most of them didn’t live up to my expectations. As someone who is a basically-broke adult in her second year of “the real world” finding the perfect AFFORDABLE teeth-whitening solution that actually worked seemed pretty impossible, especially considering I have extremely sensitive teeth.
When Smile Brilliant approached me about collaborating and trying their product, I must admit I was skeptical – after trying a million different things, could this really be any different? What was so special about this kit that made it different than the others? After trying their T3 Sensitive System, I am super pleased to report that I was wrong, and Smile Brilliant has changed my mind when it comes to at-home whitening treatments. So what’s the trick? Custom-fitted whitening trays. The best part? Smile Brilliant offers these 70% cheaper than the average dentist. So how does it work? I’ll tell you!
Once you receive your kit, you’ll notice it comes with 3 tubs of each paste needed in order to make your custom molds, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do literally everything. I’ll be honest, I used all 3 of each because I messed up the first couple times. Thankfully, the third time was the charm and I made nearly perfect molds (I forgot to take a picture of them – sorry guys!) All you have to do once your molds are complete are place them in the provided envelope and send them off to the lab! I received them back a week later and was ready to get started. Thanks to the trays, you’re whitening LITERALLY YOUR ENTIRE SMILE rather than just the front few teeth. Another huge benefit for me with this kit is the amount of times you can whiten with what is provided. The kit comes with 3 whitening syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes, but you absolutely do not need to use an entire syringe each time you whiten. In fact, you really only need to use about 1/4 of a syringe per session. I’ve found that this is the perfect amount to fully cover my teeth but not spread too far up into my gums. You brush your teeth with only water before whitening, then whiten for anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. I started out whitening for an hour each time, and did have to take a bit of a break for a couple days as I had some sensitivity (going into this, I figured that would happen – especially since it had been quite a while since my last whitening treatment). Afterward, I started whitening for only 45 minutes every other day and found that this (combined with using the desensitizing gel) helped A TON with the sensitivity.
Here is my before/after! (I do want to apologize for the slight color difference, in the first photo I had a bit less natural light…and also my hair color is different…LOL)
Overall, I am extremely pleased with this entire experience. I can’t wait to continue using this kit (since we all know my coffee addiction isn’t going to subside any time soon – I’m drinking one of the Starbucks holiday drinks as I type this) and continue becoming more and more comfortable with my smile so I can #SmileFearlessly. After all, you’re never fully dressed without a smile! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, I would love to answer them!
And now for the best part – the GIVEAWAY! Smile Brilliant was kind enough to give me the opportunity to give away a $149 Smile Brilliant credit to one of you (USA, UK, Australia & Canadian Residents Only), so you can get your own T3 Sensitive Kit and see what all the hype is about! To enter, all you have to do is click this link www.smilebrilliant.com/g/atayloredfit (Be sure to follow both me @atayloredfit & @SmileBrilliant on Instagram also!)
If you don’t want to enter the giveaway and just want to purchase your own kit immediately, send me a DM on instagram, fill out my contact form here, or email me and I will give you a coupon code for 15% off! Have you tried any other whitening products (or even Smile Brilliant)?! Let me know below!