Guys, I woke up this morning and it was 34*
Fall was dragging its feet this year and it made me so, SO happy lol–to be able to enjoy the colorful leaves but still bask in mildly brisk weather was my dream come true. Now that the cold is setting in, I’m trying hard to embrace it.
Cozy sweaters, hot tea, fall boots, pretty scarves. My son and I are having fun making yummy comfort foods and I’m starting to get excited about fall and winter crafts.
One thing that I always have to get used to this time of year is the lack of sun.
I feel like I look so dull, you guys. 50% of my bloodline is straight from tropical Central America and I feel like my body was made for the sun. It’s screamin’ this time of year.
One thing I notice as I start to gain a tan each year is the brightness of my smile and eyes. Consequently, this is one of the first things I notice as my tan fades: my smile seems less inviting. I drink coffee every morning and sometimes in the afternoon, and herbal tea at night. And as much as I hate to admit this, I smoked cigarettes on and off for 7 years and used to indulge in my fair share of red wine (I’m very seriously praying that my dad never reads this, and if you do, I’m genuinely sorry, Pops…teenage years were tough, know what I’m saying…?) Anyway, my teeth are something I’ve become self-conscious about as I’ve gotten older.
Finding ways to make you feel beautiful and confident as a woman and mom is something I consider to be self-care.
It’s important to find ways to give us a boost, even if it’s as simple as whitening your teeth.
Smile Brilliant is a company created by dentists to whiten teeth professionally. It’s the same formula you would receive at the dentist’s office, except in the comfort of your own home, and at the fraction of the cost.
Smile Brilliant reached out to me to see if I would consider trying out their formula. I did some research on the company, their ingredients, and the kinds of results people were achieving, to see if it would be something I would feel comfortable using. After some consideration, I decided to give it a go.
Is it safe?
You know I’m all about safe products and those in alignment with a holistic lifestyle. I also believe in transparency.
In short, yes Smile Brilliant is considered safe, but it is not organic or completely natural. It is comprised of 5 ingredients:
- Glycerin – Thickens and controls the flow of the substance from overextending to the gum tissues. (EWG rating 1/10)
- Carbamide Peroxide – Oxidizing agent that penetrates the enamel to break down the stain deposits (EWG rating 3/10)
- Carbomer – Used as a thickening agent and also acts as an emulsion stabilizer, preventing separation of the solution (EWG rating: 1/10)
- Menthol – Added for flavor purpose (EWG rating: 1/10)
- EDTA – Responsible for removing surface proteins & bacteria debris creating an ideal atmosphere for the oxygenation process to begin. (EWG rating: 1/10)
I looked up each of those ingredients on EWG
(Environmental Working Group– if you haven’t checked this out to research safety of your personal care products, I highly recommend! It’s always great to be informed!)
I’ve linked each ingredient to EWG for easier referencing. Only one ingredient scored a 3, which on a toxicity scale of 1-10, is not high risk for contamination, allergenic or carcinogenic reaction. The Sally Hansen nail polish that I slapped on my toes last minute for a wedding this summer scored a 7, just to put it into perspective.
This is important for me to note because although I do strive to use all natural products, when it comes to some things (like a random pedicure that happens once every 3 years) I will make an exception because I just don’t have every non-toxic product out there. I’m more concerned about the foods that I’m eating on the daily, and products that I’m using every day of the year. Even still, had I seen an ingredient that really scared me, I would have absolutely rejected this partnership — it’s something I’ve had to respectfully do a handful of times in the past with companies. I had tried natural whitening with activated charcoal (this unfortunately didn’t work for me, you can read that experience here) and have also used other natural whiteners that I do actually really like, but I really wanted a deeper, professional lift for certain parts of my teeth. I just wasn’t able to achieve that with what I was working with. For me, I found it safe for my circumstance and felt comfortable using it for short term use.
This is tailored to match your smile perfectly in order to get a more intricate whitening experience. Much like you do to create a mouth guard, you create a mold of your top and bottom teeth by mixing two pastes together to create a clay-like material, sticking it into a mouth mold, and then biting into it. Once it sets, you send it back to the company, free of charge. They give you extra paste in case you mess up the first time, which I did! Lol! So I appreciated them thinking ahead 😅
Soon, they send you personalized trays for your upper and lower teeth. It reminds me of my old Invisalign trays from high school, except much more flexible and comfortable, and they are extremely discrete when in use.
You follow the directions and squeeze a small amount of whitener into each tray, slip them on your teeth and wait. I started with 30 minutes but worked my way up to 2 hours. They say you can leave them in for up to 3 hours but I never had enough time to do that.
Is it painful?
I have sensitive teeth and even experienced tooth and gum sensitivity using activated charcoal. With this, I experienced some sensitivity/nerve pain just a couple of times on one of my bottom teeth, but it wasn’t consistent. I stopped using the sensitive tooth-gel after whitening (mainly because I would run out of time 🙂 ) and I didn’t get increased sensitivity, nor did I get pain while drinking cold or hot foods afterwards. So nothing was long-lasting or so incredibly painful that I felt I needed to stop, and it wasn’t as intense as the type of sensitivity on my gums that I got using Crest Whitening Strips in high school. I did give my mouth breaks between sessions though, but mostly because life got hectic, not because of pain.
If you read any of my previous posts, you know that I did my first face mask in years when my son accidentally pooped on the floor and his feet, resulting in an emergency shower for the both of us. 😩😅 I forgot about the mask while making us lunch and it sat on my face for almost 40 minutes…My subsequent face masks have been the same (minus the poop) but I still fit them in at random times. Mommies learn to multi task. 🤗 This was kind of like that.
I can’t always commit to a specific time to whiten my teeth but I did make it happen!:
- While showering/during bath time. I kept them in for the time it took me to get ready
- While doing a face mask
- While watching Netflix with my husband
- While my son was napping and I was doing laundry, chores, blogging, etc.
- While reading to myself and when everyone was asleep
-Basically anytime I thought about it and didn’t have to talk for an hour or so. 😅 #whileiwhiten
NOTE: I drooled a whole lot while whitening, so I’d recommend keeping a cup nearby. 😅
You’re going to have to excuse my dehydrated lips, people LOL but what’s important here is that I can definitely see a difference in my smile and I’m completely happy with my results…My teeth weren’t ridiculously yellow to begin with, but they were dull and lifeless to me. What I started noticing after the 4th treatment was that the stains along my gum line started to dissipate, as well as the deep stains between my teeth. I was thrilled about this because those were the stains that were the most stubborn for me to get rid of, and what dulled my smile the most. My teeth immediately looked brighter once those started to lift and I felt that my progress was complete. 🙌🏽✨
My teeth stopped showing significant progress after about a month of use.
By this time, they were back to the teeth I remembered from high school.
It’s important to note that this isn’t your typical bleaching whitener for your teeth.
It is made to lift stains off of your teeth to return them to their natural state and color, not to boost them further cosmetically, and so I knew I was done when I stopped seeing a change.
I did skip days in between (which isn’t recommended if you don’t have to–consistency is key!) but sometimes I would plan to whiten them at night and completely fall asleep….😬
but even so…
Even with my continued coffee and tea drinking, I still achieved optimum results.
It probably would have happened sooner had I not skipped a couple of days, but the fact that it still worked long term is exactly why I can recommend this to busy moms — it’s unrealistic (at least in my world) to commit to something every single solitary night without slipping up at least once. I need something that will still work even aside from that. It didn’t set me back.
I’m really glad I did this.
It gave me a boost in my confidence and now I feel as though I can maintain my teeth a lot better. These trays will last me, and since I still have one syringe of whitener left over, if I need some maintenance in the future (which is likely since I don’t see myself quitting coffee anytime soon,) it’s already waiting for me. Each syringe lasted me 3-4 treatments–which is more than enough to maintain results.
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