At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

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When I was in school I remember doing mock interviews and after the interviewer told me my smile was contagious and to bring my smile with me everywhere I go. That phrase always stuck with me. I’ve always tried my best to take care of my teeth, but between coffee in the morning (and lunch) and a big glass of Cabernet Sauvignon at dinner, my smile wasn’t the best it could be.

I’ve used at home teeth whiteners before, usually before an event or a date night with my man. I would throw on some whitening strips as I was getting ready and call it good, but my bright smile would only last for so long. Luckily, Smile Brilliant came to the rescue and introduced me to their custom whitening trays!

...the interviewer told me my smile was contagious and to bring my smile with me everywhere I go. That phrase always stuck with me.
 Everything that arrives with your smile brilliant package!

Everything that arrives with your smile brilliant package!

Smile Brilliant gives you everything you need to create your custom trays right at home, no visits to the dentist! First you make your impressions, the kit includes detailed instructions on how to create them. My favorite part is if you’re unsure about the impression you created, you can snap a picture and send it to them before sending in your kit. I didn’t get my impressions right the first time, but that’s ok because they send you extras just in case!

 step one: mix catalyst and base paste.

step one: mix catalyst and base paste.

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 mix the catalyst and base paste until they are solid blue.

mix the catalyst and base paste until they are solid blue.

 place mixed putty in tray. hold in place for 3 minutes. verify & repeat.

place mixed putty in tray. hold in place for 3 minutes. verify & repeat.

When you are done, fill out your consent card and mail your impressions to the lab! When my trays arrived I was really impressed on how natural they felt. They fit perfectly to my teeth! When I used whitening strips in the past I always felt like I couldn’t talk to anyone, or they would slide off. With my trays I could have full conversations with people. You can even belt out the whole Taylor Swift album in the car while wearing these trays, if you were curious. To apply, all you have to do is take a Teeth Whitening Gel syringe and apply a thin steady ribbon to the front, outer surface of the trays and insert onto dry teeth. Whitening sessions can take anywhere from 45 minutes - 3 hours. I put them in whenever I had the time, but whitening before bed is best!

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After your whitening session, make sure to do a desensitizing gel session, even if your teeth don’t feel sensitive at the time! When you whiten, your teeth’s pores stay open for 24-48 hours, the gel helps close the pores to lock in the whitening session! If you experience sensitivity during whitening, which is common, whiten every other day and stick to shorter sessions. You could also do desensitizing only sessions on your off days! Let me know if you have any other questions about the process!

BEFORE AND AFTER

I’m so happy with my results! Now I can confidently show off my smile.

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GIVEAWAY

I’m excited to share that I partnered with Smile Brilliant to give one lucky winner a $149 credit to Smile Brilliant (which equals the value of a T3 Sensitive System Whitening Kit). All you have to do is click the link below and fill out some info, entering takes 30 seconds! In the mean time, use my code: molliealamode15 for 15% off all Smile Brilliant products!

ENTER GIVEAWAY HERE: www.smilebrilliant.com/g/molliealamode

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