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Putting Your Best Smile Forward with Smile Brilliant

On my LinkedIn profile, I proudly proclaim that I’ve always been a people pleaser when it comes to my professional career. Starting out in the volunteer management world, I was constantly around people from all walks of life and the first thing I’ve always done when meeting people is greeted them with a grand ol’ Texas-sized smile.

My smile – it’s a staple of sorts, a signature of mine, and honestly the one thing that sets me apart from most people you encounter. My teeth aren’t perfectly straight (shout out to all the kids who just stopped wearing retainers), but you better believe that any and every chance I get I’m going to flash these porcelain babies and melt your heart.

Over the last few years, I’ve been extremely diligent with my oral care from biannual visits to the perfect dentist and upping my flossing game. The one plunge I’ve been so nervous about taking is actually going through the process of whitening my teeth. Not that they were too incredibly stained where I’m uncomfortable, but the price point has always been something that I never really thought I needed to add into my budget.

Imagine my excitement when I was granted the opportunity for a collaboration with the affordable at home whitening kit from Smile Brilliant! After visiting their website and seeing what they were all about, I couldn’t help but be intrigued with all the positive testimonies and results everyone shared. This was the first time I wasn’t apprehensive about taking the plunge and trying this kit. I’m going to try and break this down to where it’s as comprehensive and precise as possible without being too overbearing.

At Home Whitening Kit

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The kit arrives directly to your home with following materials:
Impression material (3 jars of catalyst paste and 3 jars of base paste)
2 Impression Trays
Envelope with Prepaid Postage to return impressions
Professional Teeth Whitening Gel (options for more are available)
Desensitizing Gel (optional for additional cost)
Detailed Instruction Brochure

Making the Impressions

This was probably the most stressful part of the entire process! Even with the detailed instructions provided in the Smile Brilliant kit, I couldn’t help but still be nervous. I enlisted the help of my husband and we managed to tackle it together.

First, I made sure to brush and floss my teeth very thoroughly to ensure that my teeth were clean for the perfect impression. Then I mixed the catalyst and base paste until it was a solid blue – mixing shouldn’t take any longer than 60 seconds. After mixing the paste, you place it into the impressions tray and use an imaginary bite line to make your upper and lower impressions (it’s key to do this one at a time). Once both impressions were completed, I loaded both trays into the prepaid postage envelope and sent them back to the Smile Brilliant Labs for my custom whitening trays to be made.

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Let me just say that Youtube is fantastic because I definitely made sure to watch a few videos during the entire process!

Whitening Process

Once my custom trays arrived, I was ready to start the whitening process. I made sure to try out my trays and realized that I didn’t quite get my tiny wisdom teeth in the back of my mouth. After reaching out to Smile Brilliant, I quickly learned an interesting tidbit when it comes to custom trays. The back teeth on each side (the back molar) are not covered because of the tissue there. When making impressions, very rarely is the back molar deep enough and even at dentist offices, these will not be covered. With that mystery solved, I was ready to jump right into the whitening process!

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application

Just like in the impressions process, the first thing you need to do before whitening is to make sure your teeth are clean. Before each of my whitening sessions, I made sure to brush and floss my teeth to ensure a flawless whitening session. After cleaning my teeth, I gently placed a thin line of the whitening gel in the top and bottom tray, then securely placed them in my mouth. It’s recommended that you whiten for 45 minutes to 3 hours, after 3 hours the gel has minimal effects. For my first session, I opted for 45 minutes because of the sensitivity of my teeth and quickly followed that session with the desensitizing gel. Once I discovered the amazing effects of the desensitizing gel, I opted to go for longer sessions on the days I whitened. Each of my sessions would range from an 1 hour to 2 and a half hours, followed by 15 to 30 minutes of the desensitizing gel.

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Overall Thoughts on Smile Brilliant

I seriously couldn’t be more thrilled with the fact that I took this leap of faith with Smile Brilliant. This at home whitening kit is easy to use and after the sessions, my confidence boosts made for an even brighter and bigger smile.

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Look at that million watt smile! Photo Credit @ Stephanie Drenka

The price point is perfect for millennials that are looking to make an impression in the personal and professional life without breaking the bank with overpriced cosmetic procedures at their dentist office. With a number of different options available, Smile Brilliant makes this process affordable for anyone wanting to take the plunge and brighten their smile.

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Also for being a loyal reader, I’m hosting a giveaway for one lucky reader! The prize is a $139.95 store credit which is equal to the Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes, or the Teeth Whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. Make sure to enter for your chance to win! If you’re an eager beaver and want to try them on your own, you can use vodkamakesyouhappy for 5% off!
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