REVIEW: At-Home Teeth Whitening: Does It Really Work?

I have always been self-conscious about my teeth. Growing
up, I had super wonky, crooked teeth that grew every which way and I hated
them. It didn’t help that I have a huge smile (Luna Park big people!) so
everything was magnified to epic proportions. Braces during my teen years were
a lifesaver and after they came off, I felt confident for the first time in my
life. These days I am pretty happy with my teeth, however the only problem I
have now is colour discolouration from all of the tea I drink. I have tried
several brands of teeth whitening toothpastes, and even trialled the famous
Crest strips and while these made a slight difference, I was looking for
something more noticeable. So when Smile Brilliant reached out to me and asked
if I’d like to try their teeth whitening kit* I jumped at the chance. I have
wanted to whiten my teeth for the longest time so it really was the perfect

Smile Brilliant offers an affordable teeth whitening system
without the hefty price tag, all in the comfort of your own home. The quality
of Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system is comparable to a professional
dentist quality kit so you’re essentially getting the same results for a
fraction of the cost. It is perfect for people who are on a budget or who would
rather whiten their teeth in private than in a dentist’s chair. 

I was sent a kit complete with whitening and
desensitizing syringes, instructions and putty to create my impressions (which
brought back memories of sitting in my orthodontist’s chair and creating
impressions for my braces all those years ago). 

Step 1. Creating the impressions 
The process to create your impressions is
super easy. Smile Brilliant send you a kit complete with mould pastes,
impression trays and clear instructions on how the entire process works. Smile
Brilliant also offer amazing customer support and will answer any questions you
have. I was in contact with Ashley from Smile Brilliant and she was well,
brilliant with answering all of my queries and concerns throughout the entire

To crate your moulds, simply mix one Base paste with one Catalyst paste. This will
form the putty that will take the impressions of your teeth. After the putty is
mixed, roll it loosely into a sausage shape and push it lightly into the
impression tray. You fit the mould onto your teeth for around 3 minutes to
create the impression, making sure to fit each tooth in. Repeat this step for
your bottom teeth. Don’t worry if you mess up as Smile Brilliant provide an
extra set of paste. The moulds will harden after around an hour. After rinsing
them off, simply place them into the padded envelope that’s provided and post
to Smile Brilliant, along with the mandatory consent card. 

Step 2. Receiving the plates

My custom made trays arrived about two weeks later. I was expecting it to be a hard plastic, similar to what I wore after my braces all those years, ago. Instead, they are soft, mouldable and fit my teeth perfectly. Needless to say, I was super excited to start the journey towards my Hollywood smile. 

Step 3. The whitening process

Smile Brilliant recommend whitening once a
day, anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours, depending on sensitivity. It is
strongly suggested that you whiten right before bed, as there is less chance of
eating and drinking. Beforehand, brush your teeth with only water and dry the
mouth. To whiten the teeth, simply squeeze about a third of the whitening gel
into the plate, focusing on the outer front edge (basically where the plate
meets your front teeth). Gently place the plate in and that’s it! I was
expecting the taste of the gel to be horrible however it was perfectly fine and
I took the opportunity to catch up on some reading whilst whitening.
Afterwards, take the plate out, brush your teeth with toothpaste and dry the
mouth. The desensitizing gel then needs to be applied. The process is the same
as the whitening gel, except this time you only keep it on for around 15-20
minutes. Afterwards, spit the remaining gel out (do not brush your teeth or
rinse your mouth) and you’re done! 

My thoughts
I am blown away with the results of using Smile Brilliant. My teeth were
noticeably whiter after only a few days and I am slightly embarrassed of how
yellow my teeth were prior to whitening! I saw results after only a few
applications, however I wanted to complete the entire recommended 14 days of
whitening for the purpose of this review. I did experience some sensitivity in
the beginning, which led me to only whiten every second day until it subsided
so it took me a little longer to complete. 

Before and after –  what a difference! 

What I love the most about Smile Brilliant is that you can whiten in the comfort of your own home. I am a DIY kind of gal and prefer to do treatments on my own, so this was a huge plus for me. You also have the ease of whitening whenever you have time; I chose to whiten every night before I went to bed which worked well for me and my schedule. 

As for the process of using Smile Brilliant,
it was extremely simple to use. The package includes clear instructions on the
entire process and customer service is there to answer any questions you may
have. I also found it helpful to google other bloggers who’d used Smile
Brilliant to pick up helpful hints.

Smile Brilliant include a large supply of
whitening and desensitizing syringes which is perfect for top ups or when you
feel your teeth are looking a bit yellow. I plan to whiten every week to keep
my teeth nice and white.

My tips

  • Smile Brilliant recommend not to drink any
    porous drinks after application and I completely agree. I made the mistake of
    drinking black tea after an application one night and my teeth turned a bit
    yellow. I recommend drinking through a straw and limiting these types of
    beverages whilst whitening.
  • If you experience sensitivity whilst whitening, try whitening every second day for a shorter time.

If you are looking for an affordable, DIY method of
whitening your teeth I highly recommend checking out Smile Brilliant! I found the process quick, painless and best of all, it works! If you’d like to win a complete home teeth whitening kit you’re in luck because Smile Brilliant is hosting a giveway to one lucky reader! To
win** your very own Smile Brilliant whitening package, please click here and
enter your details! I also have a 15% coupon code- enter abeautywanderer15 at checkout if you’d like to try out Smile Brilliant for yourself! 

xo Roxane

*Thank you to Smile Brilliant for collaborating with A
Beauty Wanderer. Products were kindly gifted for consideration, however this does not impact on my review or thoughts and all opinions remain 100% my own.

**Giveway details: The giveaway is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit. It is open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents only. 

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