Happy Wednesday #ladygang! I’m excited to announce my partnership with Smile Brilliant & how their at home teeth whitening kit is allowing me to #smilefearlessly!
Let me tell you, I have had issues with my smile for a big portion of my life. It all started when I was younger- I had a huge gap between my two front teeth. Yes like Madonna. At 10 years old, it wasn’t cool. I was totally embarrassed by it. Then when I was in middle school, I got braces. Like every girls worst nightmare. And I had to wear them up until the beginning of high school. Totally not how I wanted to start my high school years (literally thought I was going to roll into high school like Cher from Clueless- that didn’t happen).
I never wanted to smile much because of the gap & the braces. THEN a miracle happened and my gap closed & my braces came off. My smile was literally perfect! All was right in the universe.
Cut to, I graduated college and start out as a working professional. Watch out world- I have a college degree & I know how to use it! Basically I got bitch slapped in the face by the real world & I realized how grueling going to work every day can be. So I did what any other adult would do- I started drinking coffee.
There went my perfect white smile.
My teeth started to yellow over the years because of the coffee & nothing worked for me. I tried several at home whitening kits & strips, but it was pointless. And I certainly wasn’t in the position to spend hundreds of dollars to get my teeth professionally whitened. NO thanks! Oh & my teeth are sensitive AF. I could not handle any whitener on my teeth for more than 10 minutes!
In comes my saving grace- Smile Brilliant. I was very skeptical about trying out this brand since nothing has seemed to do the trick in the past. However, I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I received the kit in the mail. Not only do you get custom fitted trays, but you also receive Desensitizing gel to help with tooth sensitivity. Totally impressed.
Here’s a basic run down of how you use their kit:
1. Order the kit that works best for you
There are 6 kits to chose from based on your tooth sensitivity and how stained your teeth are. Their website is really easy to use & understand.
2. Make Your Impressions
Once you get your kit in the mail (they ship very quickly)- you have to make your impressions for your custom fitted trays. It seems complicated, but once you read through the directions a few times- you’ll get the hang of it. Plastic trays are provided along with putty to create your impression (don’t worry, you get extra putty in case you mess up). Once dried, you place the impressions in the pre-addressed envelope & send back to the lab.
3. Receive Your Custom Fitted Trays & Start Whitening
You typically receive your trays in 3-5 business days after the lab has received them. Once you get them in the mail- you are ready to start whitening.
Since I have super sensitive teeth, I did a few rounds with JUST the desensitizing gel provided in my kit (one syringe=3 applications). I also spaced out my whitening sessions to every other day & sometimes every 2-3 days. It takes most people 7-12 rounds of whitening to see results. I did 8 rounds & couldn’t believe how white my teeth got.
The best part about this kit is that you can do other things while whitening.
The best time to whiten is right before bed. Each whitening session should be at least 45 minutes (recommended no more than 3 hours which seems extreme to me). So during that 45 minutes, I usually did my nightly skincare routine followed by reading my book to help unwind after a long day. Once the 45 minutes was up, I popped out my trays & went to bed! Super easy!
I also had a trip planned & decided to bring my whitening kit along for the adventure.
It was so easy to travel with! I only needed my trays and 1 syringe each of the desensitizing gel & the whitening gel (remember 1 syringe=3 applications). I was able to bring these along in my carry on & used them right before bed. But this time I got to sit outside on our hotel balcony while reading my book & whitening my teeth- HEAVEN!
PS- I wouldn’t recommend doing a whitening session during the day. You can’t eat or drink for a few hours after you whiten & I don’t know about you, but your girl gets hangry if she doesn’t eat throughout the day!
Bottom line, this at home whitening kit TOTALLY works. It doesn’t break the bank (kits range from $139-$189, approx 27 sessions in each kit) & it’s easy to use. My only complaint would be that my teeth are SO sensitive so I had to space out my sessions quite a bit. I also had to use the desensitizing gel before & after some of my whitening sessions. Wasn’t a huge deal, but keep that in mind when selecting the right kit for you. My word of the year for 2019 is fearless- I can now confidently say I can #smilefearlessly!
HERE ARE THE RESULTS:
I loved my kit SO much, that I am giving one away to one lucky winner!
One lucky reader will win Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit, valued at $149! Click on the image below to enter (you must provide your email address).
Don’t want to wait? Order a kit right now & use my promo code for 15% off your total purchase: greystripesanddenim15. Click HERE to shop!
*This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant, but as always my opinions are all my own.