I was given a Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit to use in facilitating my review. All opinions are mine alone. It only took five days to receive the above results and that was with one day of rest in between treatments. I could have whitened my teeth even more, but it was my choice to stop at this point. I have seen teeth that have been whitened to such a bright white that look unnatural, so when I hit the point where I was happy, I stopped using the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays. For a little dental history on myself, I do not smoke, do not drink coffee, am forty years old and have never had my teeth whitened before. Smile Brilliant sent over everything I needed to make my set of impressions that would be used to create my customized teeth whitening trays. You can see the detailed instruction booklet, return envelope, teeth trays and the two types of pastes above. The impression making process is very simple BUT MUST BE FOLLOWED word by word! I can tell you this from experience because I attempted to make my teeth impression molds when I was in a hurry and they did not turn out. I could hear the kids calling in the background, friends were over playing and I thought I could sneak in the bathroom, take a few picture of the mold making process and make my impressions before the kids found my location. WRONG! DO NOT make your Smile Brilliant impressions until you can guarantee NO interruptions. You need to be able to focus on what you are doing. If you want pictures taken, make sure that someone else takes them. DO NOT take pictures of the process while you are making your impressions. As a reviewer, this was very embarrassing on my part. I had messed up the whole kit because I was in a hurry. I emailed Smile Brilliant to explain what I had done, and they were so nice and understanding. They immediately sent me out everything I needed to make another set of impressions. Have a look above, this is what happened to me, in my hurried attempt at making my impression molds. I mixed up the putty for the first impression, mixed up the putty for the second impression, then both were so hard that I couldn’t bite down on them anymore! I had one set of putty left in case I needed to make one more impression BUT I had messed up both sets at once! Because I was in way too much of a hurry, I couldn’t make my impressions until I had more putty. Have a look above, the molds on the left were the ones that I was able to make on my first attempt. You can see that I wasn’t able to bite down enough to make my impressions because I let the putty sit too long before biting down into it. Finally, perfect impressions! I was VERY careful when making my second set of impression molds and they turned out perfect! The impressions can be made perfectly on the first attempt, BUT you must make these molds when you know that you will not be interrupted throughout the process. If you have kids, I suggest you make these impressions when everyone is asleep, either early morning or late at night. Here they are, my custom fitted Smile Brilliant teeth whitening trays! They arrived soon after I sent in my impressions in their prepaid envelope and I couldn’t wait to test them out. I made sure that I would not be interrupted, then I read the directions over several times before my first application. I wore lined the teeth whitening trays with the desensitizing gel for twenty minutes. The desensitizing gel is a pre-treatment which prevents teeth sensitivity. I should have kept this in my mouth for a little while longer, but I was very excited about trying out the teeth whitening gel, so I moved on after twenty minutes. Once I had the teeth whitening tray rinsed out, I lined it with the teeth whitening gel and inserted the trays back in my mouth. I was able to wear the teeth whitening tray for an hour before removing them. I did feel a little “burning feeling” during the first few minutes after inserting the teeth whitening gel in my mouth. It wasn’t a huge burning sensation, but something that could be noticed. It went away after the first few minutes, but from that point on, I wore the desensitizing gel for an hour beforehand to keep my teeth from feeling the sensitivity when using the teeth whitening gel. Once my hour was over, I could see a difference! I was so happy with this process and couldn’t wait to do it again the next day.
Here’s my whole five day process:
- Day One – 20 minutes teeth desensitizing gel, 1 hour teeth whitening gel
- Day Two – 1 hour teeth desensitizing gel, 1 hour teeth whitening gel
- Day Three – 1 hour teeth desensitizing gel, 1 hour teeth whitening gel
- Day Four – Felt tooth sensitivity so I skipped this day
- Day Five – 1 hour teeth desensitizing gel, 1 hour teeth whitening gel – VERY PLEASED with my results so I quit using the trays
Teeth Whitening Customized Trays:
- These fit incredibly well, I couldn’t believe that the tray fit so exact
- No nasty gel taste
- No gagging urge when inserting / removing trays
- Could still talk and act normally throughout use
I will continue to use the gel when I feel that I would like to brighten my smile again and will also purchase more teeth whitening gel when I run out. I HIGHLY recommend that you have a look at SmileBrilliant.com if you have any urge to whiten your teeth. I was able to do all of this in my home without one single trip to the dentist. The entire kit can be purchased for $119.95 as of 8/5/13 which is just a small portion of what you would pay to have your teeth professionally whitened in a dentist’s office. Even my eight year old has asked me what I did to my teeth – check it out! Smile Brilliant is also offering a giveaway on BlogWithMom.com! Make sure you enter to win and come back daily to earn extra entries by tweeting out the giveaway throughout the giveaway period. This giveaway is open to residents 18 year and up from US, CA, AU and UK – good luck!