Today I am talking to you about a product I was given the opportunity to try, called Smile Brilliant. I have wanted to look into teeth whitening before, asked my dentist, and he told me I was about the second or 3rd whitest on the teeth scale, when they bring out the tooth colors, so at that time I didn’t feel the rush. However, I am now quite excited to share the experience I had with Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit. They have been featured in Forbes mag. as one product to try at home.
I had looked into prices and it was about $500 or so to get it whitened by my dentist, and I thought with my medical bills, it was not necessary. Then, years later I am contacted by Smile Brilliant, and thought, here is my chance to give it a shot! You all know that I tend to smile in my photos. It is a natural instinct for me. Ok. Perhaps I was conditioned at an early age. My dad had a darkroom, and we were told to “smile”, so I am so used to it. Even if I wanted to look very fashion savvy, serious, with a come hither look, I just don’t think I could pull it off!
I also considered using a whitening kit, like Smile Brilliant as I am an avid tea and wine drinker. I do drink coffee in the morning, so all of these factors can stain one’s teeth. I needed to know how the product removed stains.
I got the kit in the mail in a timely manner, and Marty, the associate I had coordinated with, was very helpful, answering questions and emailing in a prompt manner. I was impressed by the customer service. When I opened the kit there were:
When I first was approached to do the review I was concerned about the 22% peroxide whitening gel, that it might be too high and cause tooth or gum sensitivity.
“Sensitivity is a result of tooth dehydration. When teeth whitening gel comes in contact with a tooth it causes the pores in the enamel to open so that the gel can flow in and remove the deeply embedded stains. As a result of these opened pores, the tooth may become dehydrated (which can cause sensitivity). The sensitivity will persist until the tooth re-hydrates.”
I was surprised that I did not need the desensitizing gel, even after keeping the trays in my mouth for at times 3 hours.I decided the best time for me to do it was in the early morning, use a thin ribbon of gel along the middle of the upper and lower sets, and then just go back to bed! If one does not have that convenience, I think it best perhaps while watching tv at night, or a few hours before bed. I was informed by SB, that it was important, if only ever so often, to use the desensitizing gel, as when one whitens one’s teeth, there is a propensity for dryness and the gel helps to ” rehydrate and remineralize your teeth. It also seals the pores back up which helps to decrease chances of new stains from developing.”
The kit comes with a booklet of instructions on how to use the paste to create the upper and lower dental molds. The company give you 3 sets of paste, in which only 2 sets are needed for upper and lower, however if one makes a mistake, there is extra. That is exactly what happened.I used the mixture, put it in the mold for the upper teeth, and instead of lifting directly upward, I covered more of my back teeth, not covering the front teeth well enough with the paste. I had to do it over. The instructions are good, however, if one is more apt to learning through a visual, the video on the website may be more effective. I am much better with instructions if I can see, in steps, how to do something.
If you like to be educated on the product you buy, especially if if it has to do with one’s health, there is a great FAQ page to answer many questions. Since I have EDS, I am always pro-active with my health, and the gums are connective tissue which is effected by Ehlers-Danlos. So, my hesitation was mainly about sensitivity.
Here are the Before and After Pictures untouched.
Before: Not that bad! My dentist told me I was between the second or third stage of whiteness on the tooth whitening scale.
- This is untouched, no photo processing. The change came after about 5-6 sessions with the trays. I used 3 of the syringes of gel, accounting for about 12 applications. I was pleased with the results. I did notice a difference in whiteness, just enough for them to look a bit whiter without it looking phony or “hollywood white”. A natural look is what I preferred and it seemed to do the trick.
- Much less expensive than the dentist, an average cost here in NC is $500 for a treatment.
Gives you a whiter smile and can help with stains due to wine, coffee, etc.all of which I indulge in as you know.
Convenient in your own home, Can be a bit inconvenient to have them in your mouth for 3 hours each time, but the instructions were 15 minutes up to 3 hours. So, since I didn’t experience the sensitivity I kept them in longer, usually while watching tv, cooking etc.
Overall, I am happy with the result, and would suggest this product to any of my readers and friends. The nice thing also is that you keep the trays and can just buy the gel as needed, when you feel you want to whiten your smile!
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What would this review be without the perfect song to go with it: One of my favorite singers is Louis Prima. He had so much charisma and talent.
Here’s the song: When You’re Smiin’
**This is a Sponsered post. The kit was provided by Smile Brilliant. The opinions in my post are my own and honest. **