I drink coffee like it’s going out of style. And I’ve been known to binge on sweet tea a time or two. While these are two of the most spectacular drinks known to man, they happen to make my pearly whites anything but pearly white.
Hands down, my favorite thing to notice about others is their smile. I’ve been told time and time again that I have my mother’s and that’s one of the best compliments I can receive! A beautiful smile can speak wonders to a first impression or the ease that others feel around you.
So why wouldn’t you want to make it the best it can be?
The yellowish tint that mine have gained over the years of drinking coffee is a constant cause for self-consciousness for me. I’m pretty ashamed to admit it, but that’s one of the few physical traits I’ve photoshopped before on the blog.
When I was presented with the chance to try an at-home whitening system, I jumped at it. Anything to help boost my confidence there a little! Luckily, I ended up being a pretty big fan of the method:).
In completely natural light and 100% untouched, here’s the above mentioned not-so-pearly-whites pre-treatment. And yes, it is slightly uncomfortable to have such a close-up posted for all to see.
Smile Brilliant works to make it as easy as can be to whiten your teeth at home in the same system professionals use. In a pre-packaged teeth whitening kit, you get paste used to make molds, mold holders, and the whitening gel. To make this personalized to you, you make your own teeth molds so that you can have custom-made trays for the most impactful whitening experience. I was also sent desensitizing gel, whcih you can easily add on to a kit!
The mold mixes together like play-dough. Making at-home molds made me just a touch nervous so as to not mess it up, but the directions that they send are so thorough and easy to follow that there wasn’t really anywhere I could’ve made an error.
Smile Brilliant will give you a pre-paid package (for US residents) that you send your dried molds back in so that your trays can be made. I was stunned with how fast I received trays back!
The whitening system is also as easy as can be. Again, there are very simple but specific directions to follow to be the most successful with this. I learned that drying my teeth as much as possible helped to make the whitening more effective. I also tend to suffer from slight tooth sensitivity, and due to this I gradually increased the duration I wore the trays. (Tip: insert the gel closer to the bottom of the tray, as my gums tended to be more sensitive to the gel than my teeth!)
The desensitizing gel also worked wonders to help with teeth sensitivity. I used this for the full 30 minutes after every whitening session, and it helped lessen any lingering effects.
My husband could notice the difference before I could. It caught me more off guard when I would see my teeth outside of my bathroom mirror, such as in the rear-view mirror of my car. It’s a difference I notice, which certainly makes me happy!
Smile Brilliant has graciously offered to provide one of you guys $139.95 credit, which will cover 1 tray creation kit (pastes, molds, trays) and 6 gel syringes of your choice ( 3 whitening and 3 desinsitizing or 6 whitening). In addition to that giveaway, they’ve offered everyone a 5% discount using the code “darlingdearestblog”. Head to this link to enter the giveaway.
If you tend to be a skeptic like me and want a bit more on the logistics behind the teeth whitening system, head here for more in-depth information.
If you actually want to see what making the molds / using the whitening trays looks like (don’t worry, I promise it’s not gross in any way;)), head here!
You guys, you should definitely enter the giveaway because it certainly can’t hurt! I recommend checking Smile Brilliant out; I’m quite pleased with my results!