Teeth Whitening Reviews
A few months ago, I was contacted by a representative of Smile Brilliant, a dental lab in St. Louis. I was offered the opportunity to try their whitening system and review it on my blog. Now, having white teeth is not something I would ever walk away from so I figured I don't have anything to lose. I have used the Crest White strips for more than a year, but I was never fully satisfied with their performance because they always left my teeth very sensitive.
To start with, the representative of Smile Brilliant introduced me to their whitening product and gave me information like: how to use it, how often, information about the company and also answered all my questions. I appreciated our long exchange of e-mails and I was pleasantly surprised when I got a call to chat about my previous whitening experiences and how this whitening kit actually works. In all my blogging years I have never got so much attention from a company representative, which I must confess, I really liked.
The Smile Brilliant whitening kit comes into a box named 'Tray Creation Kit' which includes the following:
- 3 catalyst pastes
- 3 base pastes
- 2 impression trays
- 3 syringes of desensitizing gel
- 3 syringes of whitening gel
- Instruction guides (tray creation, desensitizing gel usage, whitening gel usage)
- Return card and postage-paid envelope
I was actually sent two whitening kits, one for me and one for a friend (my boyfriend, in this case). We started by creating our personal whitening trays. To do this, we followed the instruction guides exactly: we mixed the catalyst and base pastes and after that we placed them into the impression trays. By the end of the process we had molds of our upper and lower teeth that we left to dry for the rest of the day. What's nice is that we were sent an extra set of catalyst and base pastes to use in case one doesn't work out as desired, which obviously happened because - left hands.
I started the whitening process a week ago and I have used it two times up until now. Before I started the whitening process, I brushed my teeth with water only and I flossed. The whitening process continued by applying the whitening gel into the trays and I used the whitening gel for 30 minutes both times, just to make sure I avoid any sensitivity. At first, I felt a little tweak in my gums, but it disappeared within 1-2 minutes by itself. After those 30 minutes, I took out the trays, washed them with water, let them dry and used the desensitizing gel the same way I used the whitening one.
I had no sensitivity whatsoever. The Smile Brilliant representative advised me to use the desensitizing gel every time I use the kit and I did follow her advice exactly. My boyfriend though didn't use it the first time and he experienced some sensitivity in his gums, but at the second use the sensitivity increased and he literally felt pain while using the whitening gel. He only applied it for 30 minutes, and then applied the desensitizing gel, but his gums were really affected.
The whitening gel can be left on for up to 3 hours, but we wouldn't do that because our teeth are sensitive and we're afraid to risk it. I personally saw an improvement in my teeth color after the first use, but my boyfriend's results were not really that noticeable even after the second use. You can see below the results on our teeth after 2 uses (I left the trays on with the whitening gel 30 minutes every time, my boyfriend left them on for 40 minutes the first time and 30 the second). I can assure you these pictures are not adjusted in any way and the results are real.
This kit is meant to remove any stains from the teeth, therefore the results are as natural as possible, and not as artificial as I experienced with the Crest White strips (that really impeccable white). The color of my teeth after the whitening process is very close to my real teeth color. Speaking for myself, I found the whitening process really simple and comfortable, not something I would ever say about the Crest White strips. Unlike the latter, I didn't feel any sensitivity with the Smile Brilliant whitening kit and I must say, I am impressed by how well and fast it performed. I can see myself in the foreseeable future using this kit whenever I need a splash of whitening. Since a professional teeth whitening costs a fortune nowadays, I like that this has a decent price.
If you want to use the kit yourself, you're more than welcome to enter my giveaway that can be found here. The prize consists on $139.90 store credit which is equal to the Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitizing gel syringes. Just enter your name and your e-mail address and within 30 days the winner will be contacted by a representative of Smile Brilliant. Good luck!