Smile brilliantly through the holidays

Teeth Whitening Products Ever since becoming a coffee drinker 14 years ago I've noticed that slowly, but surely my smile has become a little bit less pearly and a little bit less white. While teeth whitening has been on my mind for some time, I was too nervous and intimidated by all the options to do little more than buy the toothpaste with the holographic lettering.

When Smile Brilliant reached out to me and presented me with the opportunity to try their at home whitening kit, it was just the nudge I needed to finally give it a try.

Unlike white strips that will only whiten perfectly even teeth, the Smile Brilliant system starts with professional molds made of your teeth. The mold making kit is pretty easy to do, mix together two different compounds, load into the tray, then press into your teeth and hold for two minutes. My top set came out perfect, the bottom set missed my molars. The process while simple, was not the most comfortable, so I chose to keep the bottom as it was and not attempt a second try.

Once the impressions were sent in, the turn around time for the molds was pretty fast. They fit well and are not uncomfortable to wear. They are barely noticeable when on (not that I would step outside my home while wearing them!) but they gave me a bit of a speech impediment and I had to constantly remind myself to swallow. Needless to say, I did all my whitening when I was the only one home.

The kit comes with whitening gel and desensitizing gel in syringes. Getting the trays ready is simple, just apply a thin line of the gel and press into your teeth. Because I had a bit of discomfort with the process, I only whitened twice a week for 15-30 minutes. Then I applied the desensitizing gel for 15 minutes, and after that 30 minutes must pass before any eating or drinking. Overall it can be a timely process, but I did it on nights when I was just going to be home working on the blog or cleaning the apartment. On the plus side it abated my evening snacking habits.

After the process my teeth would feel very sensitive for several hours - this is because the pores are being opened, and while the desensitizing gel helps to close and seal them, the for some people the effects still may linger for a bit.

As for the results, I felt like I was noticing a bit of a difference immediately after, but with my short whitening sessions I wasn't seeing anything dramatic. My canine teeth are my biggest offenders, and you can tell they are bit whiter now. I still have whitening gel left, as I was using a very thin application to avoid irritating my gums and I'd like to continue using the product until its gone.

Ultimately I'm glad I gave Smile Brilliant a try, and if I didn't find I had tooth and gum sensitivity issues I'm sure the results would have been more notable. The good thing about the company is that they have a money back guarantee - so if teeth whitening is something you've been thinking about trying, you can do it risk free with Smile Brilliant.

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Before starting whitening
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After whitening
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Custom mold making
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Smile Brilliant provided me with their whitening kit for the propose of this review. My views and opinions are my own.


  1. I'm always looking for a teeth whitener that actually works. Thanks for sharing and I do see the difference.

  2. Wow your "after" looks fab! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Very interesting! Teeth whitening has definitely come a long way from when I used to get stuff from my dad's work, haha

  4. I can definitely see a difference between your before and after shots, but what you described about the process is exactly what I've always feared about tooth whiteners - sensitivity, discomfort and potential irritation. Because I drink tea instead of coffee, my teeth have stayed marginal whiter over the years than the otherwise might have, but I've still been using toothpaste with a holographic logo for many years - and I can honestly say that it does help, because when we lived in France it wasn't available, and I noticed a significant difference in how much less white my teeth were while we were there.

  5. Great review! I always worry about how sensitive my teeth will be afterwards. I like the idea of a desensitizing gel!

  6. I got a chance to try Smile Brilliant too! I liked having the molds and being able to choose how much whitening gel you put in. I didn't really feel any sensitivity but the gel did burn my gums a little so I had to stop :-( But I thought it worked well. I think it's best to just use a thin line of gel to avoid sensitivity and gum irritation like you did.
    Jeans and a Teacup

  7. I have an awful time with whitening kits because my teeth are soooooo sensitive but I love that they have a desensitizing gel!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  8. This kit sounds interesting! I've never tried one like this.