How To Get Started With An At Home Teeth Whitening Kit

Keeping our teeth clean, healthy and sparkly takes a lot of commitment. 

Sure, we brush our teeth to have fresh breath, and we floss our teeth to ensure we're cavity free, but when it comes to keeping your teeth shining it can be a full-time job. 

There's so many things we eat every single day that can stain our teeth. According to Colgate, there are five foods that cause teeth stains: pasta sauce, curry, balsamic vinegar, berries and beverages (think coffee, tea, sodas, sports drinks and wine).

With so many stain-driving factors we come across during our day-to-day activities, keeping a bright, clean smile can be difficult. 

The most frustrating part is many products on the market don't work. A lot of the whitening gels, strips and toothpastes out there promise a whiter smile after a few applications, but they either never work or go away within a few days of use.

I've used many different whitening routines over the years trying to find a way to keep my smile shining. That's why when Smile Brilliant approached me a few months ago I was curious to test out their products and see how it works. 

Their promise was a product that would help you smile fearlessly by providing an at home whitening kit that was easy to use every week, and had results that lasted. Smile Brilliant provides you with everything you need in your at home kit. Here's what's provided:

  • Upper and lower mold
  • Catalyst and base paste to create your impression
  • Teeth whitening gel
  • Desensitizing gel

At first I was a little intimidated with the package. I wasn't sure if I'd be able to create the impression of my teeth correctly, but, it was actually way easier than I thought. It took me only 20 minutes to create both my impressions and then I was ready to ship it off to Smile Brilliant to receive my final impressions so I can get started on the whitening part of the kit.

About a week after I sent my impressions I received my final mold from Smile Brilliant and it was time to start whitening my teeth! Now, I should warn you that everyone will have a different experience with whitening kits. It's really based on how sensitive your teeth are. Unfortunately I have super sensitive teeth so I wasn't able to keep the whitening gel on as long as it recommended, and could only do it a few times a week. 

Another thing to keep note is you can use each syringe of the whitening and desensitizing gel up to 3-4 times, so be sure to keep your syringes after every use until it's finished! You also don't want to put too much gel on your impressions - a little bit goes a long way here so it's better for you to start off with a small amount and then add more if needed.

Smile Brilliant recommends leaving the whitening gel on for 30 minutes and up to 3 hours. Then, you switch over to the desensitizing gel that's required for at least 30-45 minutes. Like I mentioned earlier, this is all based on how sensitive your teeth are. I personally only kept the whitening gel on for 25 minutes each time and the desensitizing for 15 minutes. I did this three times a week and I always did it right before bed (you can't eat or drink anything for a while after).

Even though I used it less often, I definitely saw the results. The nice thing about Smile Brilliant is it was a gradual whitening, meaning that one time of use didn't make my teeth ridiculously scary white like that one time Ross whitens his teeth in that Friends episode. I've used products in the past that made your teeth look unnatural white and it's very unflattering. With Smile Brilliant my teeth look super natural and as if I never used any sort of whitening products. To me, that's a huge win. 

So, if you're on the market for an at home teeth whitening solution I highly recommend Smile Brilliant. Better yet, I've partnered with them to do a giveaway and offer a free whitening kit to one lucky reader!! The giveaway open to UK, Australia, Canada, and USA residents, and will end on February 15, 2017.

To enter the giveaway, please click here!

In addition to the giveaway, you can get your whitening kit at a discount by using my code "bitabella5" to get 5% off your first order. 

Be sure to head over to Smile Brilliant today to learn more about their at home whitening gels and how you too can start smiling fearlessly. 

xo, B

**whitening kit provided by Smile Brilliant for collaboration