Note: This post was written before we moved to featuring Canadian brands exclusively. Smile Brilliant is a US brand.
Towards the end of last year, as I contemplated personal changes that I would like to make for 2015, I kept coming back to the thought that I would love to make more time to care for myself and my appearance. At first I struggled with feeling that it was a shallow resolution; but the truth is, it’s so easy to get caught up in being “busy” that we don’t always give ourselves some time to focus attention on doing something just because it makes us feel good.
It was right around that time, as I was building up my resolve to quit biting my nails, drink less coffee and take more bubble baths, that Smile Brilliant contacted me and offered the opportunity to try their complete teeth whitening system.
I was nervous and excited! For years I have contemplated having my teeth professionally whitened at the dentist, but I just couldn’t justify the expense or the time commitment. Instead I’ve found myself dabbling with whitening toothpastes, strips and rinses; and the results have always been underwhelming.
Smile Brilliant offers a complete at-home system that comes with everything you need to create your own trays and whiten your teeth with dentist quality results–at a fraction of the cost. The last time that I inquired at my dentist office, I was quoted a price over $600 CAD! Smile Brilliant’s complete teeth whitening system with tray-making kit, whitening gel and desensitizing gel is only $140 USD; and aside from leaving the house to mail in your impressions, the whole process can be done in the comfort of your own home.
When I received my teeth whitening system in the mail, I eyed the putty that was sent to me to create my custom-fit whitening trays, and decided with certainty that I would somehow mess them up enough that I would have to request more putty; even though they’d sent extra.
When I read the instructions before starting, the time span between the steps sounded very short. Once the base putty and catalyst have been combined, you need to move through the creation process within a couple of minutes – before the putty hardens. In practice it did not feel nearly as rushed as I had expected, and I was able to make perfect impressions of both my top and bottom teeth on the first try.
After my trays had hardened completely I packed them into the pre-adressed envelop that was sent to me, and headed to the post office to ship my package.
The Smile Brilliant lab is located in the US, so the turn around time to get our trays back is a little bit longer for those of us in Canada. I received an email two weeks later that the Smile Brilliant Lab had received my impressions and that I could expect my custom-fitted trays to be in the mail within 3-7 business days. I received another email the same day saying that my trays were on their way back to me! About a week and a half later they were at my door. So the total turnaround time for my tray-making process was three and a half weeks.
I was very cautious when I first used the gels. I had not had issue with tooth sensitivity recently, but it is something that I have had to deal with in the past. For the first two applications, I used the whitening gel for only the minimum time suggested (20 minutes) and spaced the applications a couple of days apart. On the third application I left the trays on for an hour, and the whitening effect afterwards was much more noticeable. I had still not experienced any tooth sensitivity at this point; so I began lengthening my application times to two, and then finally the maximum time of three hours. Once I started whitening for three hours at a time I did start to experience a slight sensitivity on my bottom molars, as well as mild gum irritation in one space between two of my teeth. As soon as I noticed that this was happening I started to apply a bit more of the desensitizing gel on the tray in those areas after the whitening process, and the sensitivity problem was quickly resolved. The gum irritation was only a minor nuisance for me. It was uncomfortable during parts of two whitening applications, with the irritation lasting for only a couple of hours each time. After a couple of days the skin healed and I experienced no gum pain during or after the one application that I did after that.
I love that this product covered every portion of my teeth for all-over whitening effect that is even in color from the front of my mouth to the very back. I can’t stop smiling!
How It Works
When we whiten our teeth we remove staining from the enamel, the clear outer-most layer of a tooth. Because enamel is porous, substances can get through it to stain our dentin, the soft bone-like tissue just below it.
When we use any method of teeth whitening, it can only remove stains from the enamel layer. Once everything (including stubborn tobacco/nicotine stains) has been removed from the top layer of our teeth, we are left with the color of our dentin. This color varies in appearance from person to person. It can range anywhere from white to off white, and in rare cases it can also be yellow. When consumers feel that they are not seeing results with teeth whitening products, it is typically because they have a darker coloured dentin.
If you use either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide to whiten with, it will remove all stains from your enamel over time. You can read this article to learn more about the difference between these two whitening agents and how they work.
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Smile Brilliant is generously offering one of our readers the opportunity to try out their complete at-home teeth whitening system for free. Enter using the giveaway form below for your chance to win a custom-fitted tray creation kit, whitening gel and desensitizing gel – a prize valued at $139.95 USD!
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