Disclosure: I received this product complimentary from the company directly I exchange for a review of their product. As always, all content and opinions are entirely my own.
Today, I’m providing an honest review of the Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Kit, a product that you can use in the privacy of your own home. When I first agreed to try it, I was curious and hopeful that it would work. I have always heard that the color of your teeth is hereditary and that, coupled with the fact that I am a 4-cup per day coffee drinker, doesn’t make me very proud of my smile. I really wanted to have whiter teeth so when I was approached by Smile Brilliant to try the product, I jumped at the chance.
I have tried Crest Whitening Strips in the past but they were flimsy and just didn’t fit right. Plus, I didn’t notice a great deal of difference after using it for a period of time.
The photos below show the change in my teeth after 9 treatments. Sometimes, when I see before and after photos there is noticeably some alterations to the photos or someone will wear a bright lipstick to make their teeth look whiter. I did post a photo in this post of me in bright lipstick so you can see the overall look but these before and after photos are not altered in any way, and you can tell they were taken by an amateur (me).
The Smile Brilliant Product
The Smile Brilliant package arrived in a sturdy box containing the following items:
- 3 catalyst pastes
- 3 base pastes
- 2 impression trays
- 8 syringes of whitening gel
- 8 syringes of desensitizing gel
- Instruction guides for creating the trays, whitening gel usage and desensitizing gel usage
- Return card
- Postage-paid envelope
Creating Your Impressions
The first step is to create your personal teeth-whitening trays. To do this, you create molds of your upper and lower teeth in the impression trays using a compound generated by combining the catalyst paste and base paste (tubs shown above).
Each impression tray has a number marked on it that matches to the number on your return card. This number helps to ensure that you trays are matched to your name. It is a security measure to help ensure that there are no mix-ups at the lab. It is critical that you return both the trays and the card together in the postage paid envelope.
You are provided with an extra catalyst paste and an extra base paste, just in case you mess up the first time. I did not need them, so I just discarded them once my trays were created.
To me, this step looked a little intimidating and those of you who have been following my blog for a while know that at age 47 I became allergic to many different foods, ingredients, substances to which I had never been allergic before. Since some of the listed ingredients were things I wasn’t familiar with, I wanted to make sure my husband was home to stab me with my Epi-pen just in case I reacted to this too. Thankfully, I had absolutely no problem and creating the trays was a very easy process. I felt silly afterwards for being intimidated or worried.
Before starting, I lined up all the materials in the list for creating the impressions. I used my cell phone to time everything. Here are the easy steps to follow:
Step 1: Brush and Floss
It is important to brush your teeth and floss before making the impressions. This will help make the best impression of your own teeth for your whitening trays. Do this step immediately before beginning the process.
Step 2: Prepare the impression material
To do this, wash and dry your hands. Remove one of the catalyst pastes (white) and one of the base pastes (blue) from their containers. Roll each into a ball. Begin mixing them together by folding and squeezing them together. Continue for 1 minute. When you have completely mixed the pastes together, they will form one solid blue paste.
Step 3: Put putty into trays
Press the putty into the plastic impression tray. Spread it quickly and evenly throughout the tray but do not take longer than 45 seconds to do this. As soon as the putty is spread evenly, begin step 4.
Step 4: Make the impression
This is the most important step, so you must follow the tips exactly (remember, it is really easy so don’t worry about it):
Holding it level, place the blue tray into your mouth, making sure that your teeth are in the middle of the putty.
In one motion, press evenly with your thumbs to ensure that each tooth is covered.
As some of the putty oozes out of the blue tray in the front of your mouth, push it into your gum line. The most important thing is that we can see where your tooth stops and your gums start!
Leave the tray in your mouth for 3 minutes.
Use your index and middle fingers to VERY CAREFULLY remove the tray from your teeth. Do this in one motion, without wiggling the tray. Use the front tab as little as possible.
When you remove the tray from your upper teeth, the putty should be somewhat hardened. You should be able to clearly see the impressions of your teeth in the putty. If the teeth impressions aren’t clear, then pull the hardened putty from the tray and start over using the second set of pastes provided in the kit. Do not remove final impression from the tray unless you are re-doing the process. Final impressions are to be mailed intact (still in the tray).
Step 5: Check Impression and Begin Lower Mold
Allow the impressions to harden completely. Rinse them with cool water. Repeat steps 2-5 with the second set of pastes provided to take impression of lower teeth.
Step 6: Mail trays and card
Place both the upper and lower impression trays in the Smile Brilliant postage paid envelope. Sign and date the consent card and include in the envelope as well. You may want to make a copy or jot down the tray number, just in case. Write your return address on the envelope.
Teeth Whitening Process
Take a few minutes to read the enclosed information and learn about the process. Read the steps for whitening and the steps for the desensitizing gel. In addition to the directions, be sure to read the product disclosures about storage, etc.
When you are ready to begin, make sure you have everything you need handy. I kept a Styrofoam cup and a paper towel with me during whitening because you still make saliva and you don’t want to swallow the product.
Before you begin whitening, brush your teeth without toothpaste. Dry the teeth well. Break the tip off of the whitening gel syringe. Gently press the syringe so that a ribbon of clear gel follows along the inside of the teeth tray. You should stay about midpoint along the surface and on the side where the outer teeth meet the tray. Use about 1/3 of the syringe for filling both the top and bottom trays.
Once the gel has been applied to the trays, you can insert one at a time into your mouth. When you push the trays onto your teeth, some gel may ooze upward. You can use a paper towel to wipe it off. I wore both trays at once.
The whitening process can be done in as little as 20 minutes or as long as 3 hours, depending on your tolerance and the need for whitening.
When done, brush the teeth with a non-whitening toothpaste. Rinse the trays well with water.
If you will be using the desensitizing gel, you apply it to the tray in the same way as the whitening gel. Leave it on for 20 minutes but do not rinse the remaining gel off. Leave a thin layer on your teeth.
Rinse and dry teeth trays before storing in case. Gels should be stored in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.
Do not drink or eat for 1 hour.
My Final Thoughts
Having used another DIY product and not getting the results I wanted, I was truly impressed with this product. As I said earlier I was hopeful but I had my doubts. I experienced teeth-sensitivity only once and I used this product every day for 9 days straight. I used the desensitizing gel only twice. I am very happy with the results and the customer service is great.
I was notified when my kit was being sent, when my impression trays were received, and again when my whitening trays were sent; all the while they were definitely on top of things. I was impressed by that level of service.
I am happy to walk around with a brighter smile, even though I still drink 4 cups of coffee a day. Now, I don’t have to feel self-conscious about my smile.
Whatever your reason for wanting a brighter smile, I would definitely recommend Smile Brilliant. It is so easy to use, it’s reasonably priced (especially considering the results), the customer service is excellent and it makes you feel good to share your smile!
Please contact me if you have any questions that I can answer. I am happy to help you achieve whiter teeth too!
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