Having a pearly white smile is far more appealing than having your grill show the after effects of your love of coffee and red wine (two of my guilty pleasures!). For most of us, getting pricey cosmetic treatments in a dentist office are not ideal or realistic. Those professional whitening services are great and may give you more results than using Crest White Strips at home but most won’t actually commit to having that done.
You can imagine how excited I was when Smile Brilliant, the latest development in DIY whitening, reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their product. I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect but a few days later, I got a little care package in the mail from Smile Brilliant with detailed instructions and I couldn’t wait to get started. First I watched this YouTube video here, which gave me a little more of an idea what to expect. Once I watched, I felt really confident in making my own trays.
Simply mix the purple base paste with the white catalyst paste and knead together until you get the pretty lilac color shown below. Keep going! Thats it! Press the paste into the tray, then the tray onto your teeth and close your mouth. You have likely had this done at the dentist office, if you ever had braces. Give it a minute to mold, then wiggle it out of your mouth. Do this on both top and bottom. Then place your molds into the pre-labeled packaging that came with your kit. Send it off and wait for your very own, custom trays.
In a short time, I had my very own custom whitening trays, desensitizing gel, whitening gel, and a nice little case for them (think of the case that your post-braces retainer came in…but a sleek, black, grown up version). Time to start whitening!
They sent 3 syringes of the desensitizing gel and 3 syringes of the whitening gel. One syringe is 3 full applications so 3 syringes will give you 9 applications total. I was unclear on if I should use both each time. Since the instructions say that the desensitizing gel can be used 20-60 minutes each time and the whitening gel is recommended for 20 minutes to 3 hours, I was mostly worried that this was going to be a real time suck. Don’t get me wrong, beautiful white teeth are worth some investment of your time, but I am the working mother of an incredibly active 14 month old boy so when was I going to squeeze this in!
I emailed the company and they promptly answered my question (great customer service!) and let me know that I only needed to use it if I had sensitive teeth. So I did a little experiment, I used it the first time before I whitened. Then the next time, I went straight to the whitening step. My teeth didn’t seem to be sensitive or feel any pain after, so I didn’t use the desensitizing gel again.
Here is my before:
Here is my honest review of this product…I love it. And here is why.
1. The gel really coats your teeth on all sides and works on the stains that are in between teeth. I feel like if you are a daily coffee and/or red wine drinker, that is where you seeing the most staining over time and it is really hard to get rid of. Crest White Strips, which I love, can miss that.
2. You can do this in your home, on your own time. Not that I have too much spare time, but I can put these trays in when my son is taking a nap. I can use them when I have 20 minutes or several hours, not that I often get several hours to do anything. But you can whiten while doing laundry or other household duties.
3. One thing that was not cool about other whitening products that Ive used before is that they do not whiten any bonded or fake teeth, only natural teeth. So if you have one or two falsies, or veneers, your real teeth will whiten and the venners will stay the same. And when next to your new whitened teeth, the veneers look really stained! I was excited when I watched the video on the product that Smile Brilliant will bleach your veneers too! I won’t tell which one but one of my top teeth is a falsie.
4. The results are pretty darn instant. I think my smile was considerable brighter after each use, which is total motivation for keeping it up.
There are always some cons, so here are my dislikes…
If you over use the gel, it will squeeze out of the tray. Obviously, it has to go somewhere. It tastes foul and is strangely foamy when it reacts with your saliva. Just be careful with that, only because its annoying. Not because it will kill you or anything.
So overall, way more likes than dislikes when it comes to this product. I highly recommend that you order this product and try it for yourself. As I mentioned, I do not have much time, like most folks, so to be perfectly honest it took me several weeks to use the product 9 or 10 times. I think if I had used it every day or even several times a week, I would have gotten better results, more quickly. But I am satisfied with this product and will continue to use it.
Are you ready to get started on your own custom DIY trays? You can use the affiliate link the company made for us here and order your own now!
A huge thanks to Smile Brilliant for sharing their products with me so that I could try them out. I am a HUGE fan and am so happy to have found a great product that I can use at home and get professional whitening results. Follow Smile Brilliant on Instagram and Twitter for updates.