Saturday, July 1, 2017

At Home Teeth Whitening with Smile Brilliant + Giveaway

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the blog. Today I am sharing a brand and a product that I love and think works but as a huge hang up, at least for me. But first let's get into some background. 

My Story//

I've never been proud of my smile; I have two big buck teeth in front, I have gaps and discoloration from drinking coffee (#sorrynotsorry #coffeeislife). I've always been self conscious of it and wished I had a pretty smile. You know the one that models and celebrities and girls on Instagram have with their perfect, white teeth. Now you might say "But Sam you smile in your photos and we see your teeth and smile all the time for the blog!" And yes that is true but my smile isn't something that I rate as my best or favorite feature.... honestly it's one of my worst features I think. 
And since now that I work in the hospitality industry where I am interacting and smiling at people daily my smile really started to bother me. I thought that the first thing people see is the discoloration, overbite and gappy teeth. 

I'm too broke for braces so I can't really fix the overbite and gappy teeth but I have tried toothpaste that claims it can whiten in one use but never saw any results with it. I've also used teeth whitening strips but those got too costly to keep doing. So then I'm at the same spot that many others are in. Wanting affordable teeth whitening that works. 

Well today I am here to share a brand that I think fits that bill and that can help! Enter Smile Brilliant! Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening company based right here in the good US of A, in St. Louis to be exact that offers top quality level teeth whitening at home and that's super affordable.

I'm going to share the pros and cons with the teeth whitening trays, my thoughts on it all, my huge hang up and then there is a giveaway at the bottom that you're not gonna wanna miss! 

Okay so let's get to it! 


Smile Brilliant offers custom fitted whitening trays which is AWESOME! You don't have to mess with strips that don't shape right or that stick out too much or don't cover all the way. The send you all of the materials that you need to take the impressions, you send it back in a pre-paid envelope and they make them just for you!

You do all of this from the comfort of your home. You don't have to go anywhere or get any special items or tools. They send you everything you need and simple, easy to understand instructions which for me is everything. If something is too confusing or complicated I won't do it. It's not that I'm not smart enough too or don't have the patience it's just as the consumer I shouldn't have to decipher instructions. Anyone else with me on this?! 

The ingredients in teeth whitening gel are vegan and cruelty free which is something that I LOVE about a company! If I can I try to buy cruelty free beauty products and honestly love that more and more companies are becoming more cruelty free. Smile Brilliant only lists 5 ingredients in their gel and all their products are not tested on cute little bunnies. 

They are ridiculously affordable. How many times have you seen a teeth whitening kit listed only to have your eyes pop open at the price tag? Or realize how fast the strips add up? *raises both hands* What's super cool with Smile Brilliant is that their systems start at $129! When I first read that I had to do a double take I thought surely that can't be the price but it is! You can get custom fitted teeth whitening for under $150.... INSANITY! 

Depending on the level of your stains they have three different packages- light, average and heavy. They also offer a sensitive and non-sensitive option which is great for those who have sensitive teeth but still want a feasible option! 

The phrase "you get what you pay for" does not apply here. Smile Brilliant offers professional, high quality teeth whitening at home. Within my first use I saw a noticeable different in the color of my teeth.... with one time. I could see my discoloration lightened and my mom even commented on it too. I went outside in natural light and looked, checked my teeth on my phone's camera and in the mirror in the bathroom and all said the same thing, my teeth were whiter! A product that actually said it would deliver and did. That's crazy!  

Here are some tidbits to know before purchasing


The process to get the custom trays is a bit challenging. They send you the molding clay and trays and you have to take the impressions yourself, which if you've never done them can be a bit tricky. Thankfully they give you an extra set of materials in case you mess up. I did mess up on my first try and had to redo my top set. But after that it was smooth sailing. 

So this is a big con for me and would influence my decision making and purchasing. Now don't get me wrong I love this company and truly believe in this product and would recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable, at home teeth whitening kit that works. However, it is very time heavy. They say to do this before bed so that you can have the gel stay in your teeth overnight and work which I'm totally on board for, but it is quite a lengthy process.

You have your top and bottom teeth trays that the directions state to rinse with water and dry completely before putting the gel on. Since they're custom they fit to every groove and ridge on your teeth making is challenging to dry them before using the gel. Applying the gel takes a whole 45 seconds so that's not bad. You then put in the trays for an hour or more which is also fine. I usually would watch TV or Youtube videos. After you have to take them out, rinse them out again, dry them completely and if you are using the de-sensitizing gel, apply that and stick them back on for another 15 minutes. So in total it takes about 30 minutes for the prepping process and another  1 hour and 15 minutes for the actual whitening. 

Honestly after a long day at work the last thing I wanted to do was spend almost 2 hours getting ready for bed. (*Note, my normal routine is remove makeup, wash face, moisturize and brush teeth all that takes under 10 minutes). Like I honestly had to plan out my night when I was going to whiten. Let's say that I go to bed at 9 (I'm a grandma I know haha!) that means by 7 I need to start this process and that means I need to eat dinner at 6. But some nights I'm not home from work till close to 5:30 but then I still have to figure something out for dinner/make it so that cuts into my dinner time which cuts into my teeth whitening time which cuts into my sleep which makes me a zombie. I just didn't like that I had to schedule out my night just so I could whiten my teeth and it just wasn't convenient. Since it did take so long I only whitened about twice a week because that's all I had time for and only did it for one week. 

BUT with that being said I did notice a difference between my teeth before and after using them twice for that week. The Before and After images are before using Smile Brilliant and after just one use! I can only imagine what my teeth would look like after continued constant use. If you are looking for something quick and convenient this is not the product for you. If you don't mind putting in the time and getting basically instant results then Smile Brilliant is absolutely for you. 



These photos are without filters, editing, Photoshop or any kind of re-touching and are straight from the camera thus my slightly haggard appearance! This was after one use, I can only imagine what 5 or 10 uses looks like!

Because I believe in Smile Brilliant they were kind enough to host a giveaway for my readers and followers! Yup you can enter to win you're very own teeth whitening kit and see how Smile Brilliant can work for you! 

Here's the details aka the important stuff.

You win a $139 credit to Smile Brilliant and can get your own at home teeth whitening kit and see the difference. 

This giveaway is open 2 weeks after today and the winner will be announced back here in this post. 

It's open to residents of the UK, Australia, Canada and of course the US. 

Enter using the link below:
Smile Brilliant Giveaway  

If you don't want to wait or don't win and still want to try Smile Brilliant out they are offering a discount code to everyone! Use code: oflifeandstyle5 for your discount!
Good luck to everyone and may the odds be ever in your favor!

As always, thank you to Smile Brilliant for sending me their teeth whitening system for today's post and for doing the giveaway and promo code. The teeth whitening system was gifted to me for free, all opinions are my own and are in no, way, shape or form influenced by Smile Brilliant. Affiliate links are used in this post.  Collaborations like this wouldn't be possible without the support of all my readers and followers so THANK YOU!

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