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At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

At Home Teeth Whitening: Does it Work?

Hello there!

Can you believe that it’s already December?! Where did the year go? I feel like we were just celebrating the 4th of July… Anyway, I guess we have one month left to make the best of 2018!

With the holidays here, that means a lot of family time and probably a decent amount of family photos happening. Better make sure your smile is ready! Want to know what I did to make sure I was photo ready & confident with my smile? I partnered with Smile Brilliant to test their at home teeth whitening kit and give you guys an honest and thorough review.


Once I started blogging full time, I was always taking photos to post in outfits (as my blog is mainly fashion). One thing I noticed was that I wasn’t smiling as big as normal. I realized I was self conscious of my smile and wondering if my teeth were white enough and if I’d have to edit them with airbrush to make them whiter to feel confident about the photo I was posting. I know… it sounds silly, but sometimes we are our harshest critics and critique ourselves about small things. I once tried crest white strips but that did nothing for me, so I gave up. I didn’t try really hard to try to solve the problem, I just smiled with my mouth closed in photos.

Then came SMILE BRILLIANT! I was a little hesitant at first because it sounded to good to be true. An at home kit that only required me to do the process once every other day or so and I didn’t have to go anywhere to get any treatments done? Well sign me up and lets give it a shot.

Here are a few facts from Smile Brilliant about the teeth whitening process: Click Here

Here are some frequently asked questions if you’re hesitant about the process and don’t know what to expect: Click Here

What the kit includes:


-Impression Kit

-Impression case

-Whitening Gel

-Desensitizing Gel

-Detailed Instructions

The process:

Once you receive your kit in the mail, the first thing you have to do is make impressions. It is really important that you get the placement and depth right so the lab can make accurate impressions for you. I had to re do one of mine because I didn’t press my teeth hard enough into the molding, so don’t be afraid to really push deep.

Then you send the impressions you made to the lab so they can make your custom whitening trays that mold perfectly to your teeth.

Once you receive these back, let the whitening begin!

Here we go:

Step 1: Brush your teeth with just water (Dry your teeth & gums for best results).

Step 2: Add whitening gel to trays

Step 3: Place trays on teeth by pushing forward so the impressions don’t drag on the front and just set the gel in place

Step 4: Leave trays on for 45min - 3hrs.

For me, an hour to an hour and a half was the best amount of time. Anything longer, my teeth began to get really sensitive

Step 5: Take trays out and rinse with water. Brush your teeth with toothpaste as normal. Dry your teeth & gums again.

Step 6: Add desensitizing gel to trays just like you added the whitening gel.

Step 7: Leave desensitizing gel on for 30 min

Step 8: Take out trays and rinse them with water. Do no eat or drink for 30 mins after.

That’s it! These steps are super simple and you can do it throughout the day, in the morning getting ready for work, or at night right before bed. Whatever works best for your schedule!

Personally for me, I did it at night right before bed since I typically don’t eat super late & didn’t have to worry about having sensitivity throughout the day.

Some tips and tricks:

You only need 7-10 sessions to see results!

If you have sensitivity, only do the process for about an hour

I whitened every other day.

On my off days I did just the desensitizing steps.

To reduce irritation/sensitivity in your gums use Vaseline or coconut oil during whitening. You only need a thin layer.


Before: After:

Overall thoughts:

I absolutely loved my experience and the results of this process. I did experience a little sensitivity but was able to manage that by doing shorter sessions and putting coconut oil on my gums. I would definitely recommend this to my friends and family. The price may seem a little high, but you actually get quality results as opposed to the stuff that drug stores sell (you may have had something work for you, but I never did).


With that being said: I have a GIVEAWAY for you! ‘Tis the season whether you want a whitening kit for yourself or you want to give it as a gift here is your chance to win $149 in Smile Brilliant credit! All you have to do is click the HERE to apply. Good luck! (Giveaway open to Australia, UK, US & Canada).

If you can’t wait and want to shop now, here is a discount code for 15% off: fashionablysurfed15

Happy Holidays,


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