There are three things I firmly believe are necessary for successful parenting – a great partner, a support network of family/friends, and caffeine. Lots of caffeine. T supported number three with a beautiful push gift – an espresso machine from Breville. And boy has it served its purpose. We’ve plowed through coffee from Birch, Eataly and, most recently, Orleans Coffee. Unlike cappuccinos I’ve bought at coffee shops, making them at home means I can get a perfect rich and thick layer of foam. Those of you who have visited us at our new home know that I’m pretty obsessed with this.
It also means it’s super easy to have not one but two in a morning – which, though lovely, has meant my pearly whites as of late have been looking a tad… well, dull. Know he feels the same as well.
When Smile Brilliant reached out to offer trying their professional teeth whitening system, the answer was an emphatic yes. As a thank you for his kind gift, I decided T would be the one doing the whitening this round. I also technically wasn’t eligible to do it myself. (Nursing mamas, important to note that this hasn’t been tested yet for your use. Recommendation is to wait until you’ve finished nursing to start using their product – just to be safe.)
The kit with everything to get started quickly arrived in a small box. All you had to do was to mix together two pastes Smile Brilliant provides (catalyst and base) to form the impression material. So easy. We sent those back to Smile Brilliant and within a matter of days, T had custom whitening trays to start the process. No need to go into an office to get this taken care of, which means he can do it as we’re unpacking at the new house or cleaning that seemingly endless mound of bottles.
As a part of the process, you can whiten at your own pace. T chose to do a couple of applications a week. These days, we have such limited free time and the idea of going to do this in-person at the dentist? No way. That would have never been possible. Smile Brilliant allows you to achieve at home the same results that you used to have to do in-person at the dentist and the impact is 3-5x faster. Win-win!
The process is easy – only 6 steps, ideally done at bedtime as you’re going through your evening routine.
- Brush teeth with water only (fluoride in your toothpaste can slow the whitening process.)
- Whiten for anywhere between 45 mins-3 hours.
- Brush teeth with toothpaste like normal.
- Do a desensitizing gel session for 15-30 minutes (great for those who have sensitive teeth.
- Remove trays but don’t rinse or brush for 20 minutes…just spit (you will note that this will leave a thin layer of desensitizing gel on your teeth – this is okay.)
- Sleep! It is the best to whiten before bed so the desensitizing gel has time to absorb into teeth and you are not introducing any food/drink that could stain.
As a part of my partnership with Smile Brilliant, I’m giving away one custom whitening kit for one lucky reader of Grits in the City! Visit here to enter. Giveaway will be open for one week, ending at 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, December 5th. Good luck!
Even if you do not win, you can all use code “gritsintecity” to get 20% off of your own custom trays! Check out more on their process at smilebrilliant.com.
I was not compensated for this post, but my husband did receive a complimentary whitening kit along with custom whitening trays. This is our honest review of our experience with Smile Brilliant’s product and with their team.