When Smile Brilliant, a US-based teeth whitening company, got in touch and asked me if I were interested in reviewing its teeth whitening at-home system, I literally jumped at the chance. This was a good three months ago and I am only finally at the stage where I feel I can do a review. The first step was quite easy. The brand provided me with moulding putty for my impressions and plastic mouth guards to help create my teeth whitening trays and once I had done that I sent them off to be made (postage was all paid for). They came back incredibly fast despite the cross-country travel and were housed in this little box (above) that made me feel like a a geriatric with false teeth. I received three syringes of desensitising gel and then three of the bleaching gel. Each syringe gave three to four applications in which I varied the time according to the discomfort. I would start off aiming for three hours but sometimes could only manage one; I would usually leave them in between one and a half and two hours - at first - every other day. This proved too much and my gums got too sore, maybe I didn't use enough of the desensitising gel (I only left that on for half an hour due to my impatience so, would advise longer if you suffer from sensitive teeth and gums). I also only used this gel twice rather than before each time I whitened. After finishing the three syringes I wasn't happy with the results at all, I could notice a slight difference but hardly anything drastic. I was told that the main misconception of this process is people thinking they get bright white teeth instantly, whereas whitening only brings teeth back to the natural whiteness; point being the tone of whiteness varies.
Smile Brilliant kindly sent me another batch of three syringes and I restarted the process. This time I had to do lots of short applications and leave longer in between, due to sore gums. I also, like I said prior, get impatient and three hours is a long time to not eat or smoke. Yes, I probably should point out that I smoke, which is another reason this process probably took a lot longer than it would for a non-smoker. It doesn't take a genius to work out that smoking counteracts the whitening gel considering it probably caused a lot of the stains in the first place. So here we are with the final result so far. This was achieved with five syringes (roughly 20 applications) and so I still have one left for the occasional top up. I have also been using a smokers whitening toothpaste alongside this process, which I feel has helped a tinsy bit more. I do recommend Smile Brilliant, I cannot fault the service I have received - they really are a great company, especially for not being based in the UK. The at-home system is a bargain when compared with going to a professional, so if you have the patience it's definitely worth the save! I finally feel like I can smile with my teeth showing, which is something that very rarely happened before I jumped on the whitening band wagon. Do you have a teeth whitening experience? I would love to read all about it.