This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own. It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the busiest time of the year. With everything that comes with the holidays, plus my normal responsibilities with my job and multiple side hustles, it’s hard to find time to do something nice for myself. But thanks to a great little company called Smile Brilliant, I’ve found time to treat myself (and my teeth) amidst the busyness of the season with a little at home teeth whitening!
As y’all may know, I’ve been an avid coffee and tea drinker for most of my life, and I added red wine to the mix in my early 20s (wow that makes me sound way older than I actually am). While all of those are delicious, they don’t exactly keep your teeth pearly white and shiny. And not just those—a lot of things we eat and drink contribute to yellowing teeth, along with natural aging.
As y’all may not know, in my younger years, I had my fair share of dental and orthodontic work. I had braces four times, and had everything else short of full-on head gear. My teeth were all kinds of crooked, and after all that, the whiteness of my teeth hasn’t always been even. For a while, I thought I’d get some whitening treatments to even it out, but I never did anything about it.
Smile Brilliant makes at home teeth whitening super easy and convenient, even in the busiest time of the year!
Before I go on, read all the way to the end, because there’s an awesome offer for y’all down there!
Fast forward to a couple months ago, when Smile Brilliant made its way into my inbox! Smile Brilliant is a professional oral care company, built by dental hygienists and professionals, to make at home teeth whitening and dental care easier and more convenient. It’s backed by science and research, so I had every bit of confidence it would work much better than what you might find at Walmart or the grocery store.
Bonus: Smile Brilliant’s products are vegan and cruelty-free!
Smile Brilliant does teeth whitening very different. Each whitening kit comes with molding putty so you can make your own custom-fitted trays that will fit your teeth perfectly and comfortably. There’s nothing worse than whitening trays (or retainers, or anything) that don’t fit right and hurt to wear for extended periods of time. I still have permanent retainers, and my trays fit over them perfectly. Once you’ve created your molds, Smile Brilliant’s dental lab creates custom trays for your teeth to use in your process.
For the actual whitening, you dispense a small amount of the whitening gel into each tray and wear the trays for at least 45 minutes, or up to two hours. You then follow that with the desensitizing gel, which keeps sensitivity down and irritation to a minimum. I started with 45-minute whitening sessions, and worked my way up to an hour and a half. Fortunately, I didn’t experience a lot of irritation or sensitivity, but ending with the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes was a nice touch!
What I loved most about the whitening process was how easy and convenient it was. Even after the busiest days, I could still come home after work and whiten while I was doing my chores, editing a podcast, writing a blog post, creating Instagram content, or even wrapping Christmas presents. It’s easiest to do at night before bed, so you won’t be tempted to eat or drink anything until the morning, and it gives your teeth plenty of time to naturally rehydrate and remineralize while you sleep!
I started to see results after just a few sessions, but I did the treatment for about two weeks for optimal results. Here are my (completely unedited and untouched) before and after photos so you can see for yourself!
I’m so pleased with my shiny pearly-whites, and I’m happy to offer y’all two ways to try a Smile Brilliant kit for yourselves!
First, a GIVEAWAY! I’m so excited to partner with Smile Brilliant to gift one lucky reader with a $149 credit to Smile Brilliant! That covers the cost of one full teeth whitening kit, with all the tools you need to get a whiter smile in as little as three days.
To enter, head to this link and enter your email address. That’s all! See? Super easy.
Second, if I’ve already sold you on it, you can use my code athoughtandahalf15 to receive 15% off your first Smile Brilliant kit order! Or if you’re already a fan, use that code to get a refill on your gels.
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