Have you ever wanted to whiten your teeth, but avoided it because of the sensitivity you get when you use teeth whitening products? I did for a long time. But then I saw another blogger post (who happens to be a former cosmetic dentist) on Smile Brilliant– an at home teeth whitening system that even people with sensitive teeth could use without discomfort. Is it possible? Teeth Whitening for People with Sensitive Teeth? Yes, it is!
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When I hit 50, I started noticing that my teeth were getting really yellowed and discolored. I drink coffee all day every day, so it’s no wonder that this has happened.
I’ve tried a number of ways to get rid of those stains. Whitening toothpaste (didn’t do a thing). Charcoal (left a black mess in the sink with no results). Those whitening strips you get at the drug store. While I did get some temporary whitening from them, I found them to be messy, hard to use and that they made my teeth and gums feel really sensitive, so I always had to stop using them.
And as much as I wanted whiter teeth, I wasn’t willing to take the time and pay the money required to get them done at the dentist’s office. Plus, I was really afraid of the sensitivity that could occur when using a professional strength whitening gel.
But the Smile Brilliant System is different. Smile Brilliant’s system uses custom-fitted whitening trays, which are the #1 dentist recommended teeth whitening method. Using these custom fitted trays ensures that every angle of every tooth (regardless of whether your teeth are straight or not) receives even and consistent coverage of their professional strength whitening gel.
So how does it work? How do you get those professional results at home? When you order your Smile Brilliant at-home whitening kit, you get everything you need!
- Plastic trays and material to make your dental impressions that you send back to their lab in a postage-paid envelope. The instructions were easy to follow, and although my gag reflex kicked in a little bit when making the impressions, it was not a big deal.
- Once the Smile Brilliant Lab receives your dental impressions, you get your custom-fitted trays back in 3-5 business days – that is fast!
- Then every night for 2-weeks you whiten! I started seeing results in about 5 days.
The whitening process:
Every night before I went to bed, I filled my trays with the teeth whitening gel and put them in for 45 minutes while I watched TV. You can keep them in longer, but I was going for the minimum amount of time.
After you whiten, you brush your teeth and fill those same trays with the de-sensitizing gel and put those in for 20 minutes.
Then you are done! Easy Peasy!
I will say that at about Day 8, I did start feeling some slight sensitivity. But I just took a night off of whitening and started up again the next day with no problem.
So here are my results that took 16 days (2 nights off for a little sensitivity):
I love my results. In the before picture, you will see some dark stains on my top front teeth. They are almost all the way gone. I love how my smile is so much whiter and brighter these days.
I found the whole process super easy to do. The instructions that came with the kit are very thorough, so I had complete confidence in making my own molds and following the whitening process.
I love the custom-fitted trays. They stayed in place (didn’t slip around like those strips do) and were comfortable to wear.
And it takes a lot less time to whiten at home and a lot less money than going to the dentist.
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