Time to talk about smiles. Cue all the cheesey smile quotes here about how a smile is the best thing you can wear, they never go out of style, they're the best first impression you can ever leave, etc.
But in all honesty, my smile is one of the main things that helps me feel confident and beautiful.
As a little bit of an introvert, I find myself hiding behind my smile when meeting new people. I'm also one for humor, so when you meet me there's a chance we'll be joking and laughing in no time.
I'm proud of my smile now for the most part, but that wasn't always the case. Growing up, I had a giant gap between my two front teeth. I can still remember being super embarrassed about it in elementary school. One small surgery and two rounds of braces later, my smile is straight and something I'm finally happy to flash.
Even with my gap gone, my smile could still use a little improvement. The current obstacle in my smile journey is keeping my teeth bright and stain-free.
It's no secret I'm in love with coffee and wine. But really, who isn't.
I'd been searching for an easy and effective way to tackle stains. I have a thousand other steps in my beauty routine, and I didn't have time to mess with adding another complicated one. I tried a variety of options, but with bulky devices, strips that didn't stay put, and one-size fits all trays that didn't quite fit, I gave up and went back to relying on whitening toothpaste to keep my teeth bright. It wasn't super effective, but it was easy.
Then, Smile Brilliant reached out to me to see if I would be interested in trying out their custom trays. A professional quality whitening system without the dentist office visit? I was intrigued.
P.S. If you follow me on Instagram, I told you all about it on my story about a month ago. Also, just because I know you're going to ask, my lippie is the Ultra HD Matte Lip Color, in "Obsession." It's by Revlon and is under $10
The process was super easy. They send you a kit and you make your own molds, which was actually pretty fun. You mail those back and your custom whitening trays are made and delivered to you in a couple weeks. From there, you use the whitening gel that comes in syringes (which last 3-4 sessions) and whiten away.
I seriously love how easy it is. The whole system is the perfect balance of easy and effective, so I was a no brainer as far as deciding whether it was worth it to add to my beauty routine. I'm in.
You leave the trays in for about 45min-3 hours, so I honestly just wear them out and about while I'm grocery shopping or running errands. You can't really tell you're wearing them, similar to Invisalign or clear braces. I also expected them to be hard plastic like my retainers from high school, but they are made of a soft clear plastic that's actually pretty comfy. I constantly forget I have them in.
Before & After
I've been whitening every other day for about two and a half weeks, and I'm happy with the results. I'm now a believer that custom trays are the only way to whiten, it's just not worth the hassle to try to mess with anything else. Just see what you think of the results:
Now for some great news. You can try out the whole Smile Brilliant system for free. Just ENTER HERE to win your very own custom whitening kit!
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