Ever since my high-school days, I’ve been on a seemingly never-ending mission to make my teeth as white as possible. There’s something about getting four teeth removed to then endure the emotional and physical pain of having braces that made me desperate to emphasise my new smile. Over the years, I’ve tried what feels like hundreds of dental products, from tooth whitening gel to a toothbrush that cost more than my Mulberry purse. After much trial and error, I feel as though I finally have a dental routine which really works.
I’ll start off with the product that provides the quickest and most dramatic results: the Smile Brilliant teeth whitening system. This system is a whole ‘tailored to you’ process. It involves analysing your level of stains and sensitivity and creating custom fit trays. I’m one of those strange humans who can function without tea or coffee, so am lucky in that my staining was minimal.
Once you’ve made your dental impressions and received your custom trays you’re ready to whiten! The whole process is incredibly simple, both gels (the whitening first and then the desensitising) are packaged in easy-to-use syringes. You simply line the dental trays with a little gel- less is more unless you want a nasty taste in your mouth. I found out the hard way.
I’m going to be honest, the worst part about the whole process is how long it takes (whitening from 45 minutes to 3 hours and desensitising for 20 minutes). Now though, I’ve gotten into the routine of whitening just before bed while watching Netflix. Doing this keeps me distracted, and after one or two shows I’m done! I try and do this every other evening and the results are without a doubt, worth the effort.
I’ve shown my before and after photos, but since I’ve done such a poor job at replicating the lighting and was clearly a few foundation shades darker in the ‘before’, I feel like it’s important to clearly state that neither of the above photos have been edited in any way.
Oral-B Toothpaste & Floss
I’ve been using Oral-B dental products for a couple of years now and have never seen such dramatic results from a toothpaste. With continued use, this keeps my teeth so much whiter than any other daily toothpaste I’ve used. They are slightly more pricey than your Colgate, but they’re always on offer and I make sure to stock up! Oral-B floss is great too and I make sure to use it every evening after brushing. I then use mouthwash, which I’m not too fussy about, but I do always pick one that promotes strong enamel.
Okay, so this toothbrush is around ten times the price of an average electric toothbrush. It’s also around one hundred times better (in my opinion). I got mine a couple of years ago at a Christmas discount and it’s more than made it’s money back for me since then. I couldn’t imagine using anything else, and unless they bring out an upgrade, I’m unlikely to.
The brush has six modes; Pro Clean, Daily Clean, Sensitive, Tongue Cleaning, Whitening, and Gum Care and also warns you if you’re brushing too hard. As if that isn’t smart enough, it also uses facial recognition software and the Oral-B app to tell you where to brush and for how long, it’s absolutely genius. I’m a serial snacker and have a very sweet tooth so when I casually name-dropped my toothbrush model, it was nice to be met with my dentist’s approval for a change. At the minute the toothbrush is on offer at half price so if you’re interested then now’s the time to look into it!
Now for the good part! You can win enough credit to cover your own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit by clicking here and entering your name and email! I’m sure the kit will transform your smile as much as it has mine!
* This post contains PR samples. All words and opinions are honest and my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. Entrants must submit name and email address on the giveaway page in order to enter! The winner will be selected and contacted via email 2 weeks after the post is live. Giveaway is for $149 credit and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia.