So I goofed. I told you guys I’d post my final review in two weeks, and, after I wrote the post that Thursday night, I accidentally scheduled the post for 09/18/2016. Oops. Anyway, it has officially been four weeks since I started using Smile Brilliance, and I’m excited to share my final thoughts with you.
Here’s the before:
Edit: I figured out why the first picture looks brighter than the after. Flash. Duh. I’ve taken another picture (no photoshop!):
Final thoughts? It definitely whitened my teeth. I already had fairly white teeth (I told you: I’m obsessed), so I only expected them to get a shade or two whiter, and they definitely did. After the first two weeks (during which time I used the product three times a week), I slowed down to just once a week for maintenance. This is working super well, as I haven’t noticed that my teeth yellow at all (as opposed to white stripes, where your teeth are back to normal after two weeks). To me, this is a huge selling point and differentiates Smile Brilliant from everyone else out there.
I thought I’d also share some tips that I learned along the way. Less is more. I was putting way too much whitening gel in the trays, and it was hurting my gums. The desensitizing gel made the pain go away, but I wasn’t super comfortable using it again. I checked the website and looked at the directions (imagine that), and I realized I was using waaay too much product. After I corrected that mistake, it was smooth sailing.
On your first application, only leave the trays in for 15-20 minutes and eventually build your way up. When I had too much gel, leaving them on for more than 15 minutes was not an option. After I finally figured out that mistake, I realized I could increase the amount of time I left them on without causing any sensitivity. I’m up to about an hour now.
Use them at night. The chemicals in the gels essentially open the pores of your teeth (just like your face!) to let in the whitening products. Doing it before bed gives those pores all night to close up so that when you’re sipping your AM coffee, your teeth are protected. Otherwise, you’re basically opening up your pores and inviting black coffee to stain them. Kinda counterintuitive. Plus, the desensitizing gel coats your teeth in a bunch of minerals, and you don’t want to wash that away with your breakfast or lunch.