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Those orphans from Annie were right. You’re never fully dressed without a smile. And with the holidays coming, what, with all those “potentials” swirling, your smile is going to be extra important.

When the folks at Smile Brilliant asked me to post a link for their site in exchange for a fee, at first I declined. I won’t endorse anything on this blog that I can’t vouch for. Lucky for me that the head honchos were so confident of their product that they offered I try it myself, and share my results with you.

I’ve whitened my teeth before with “okay” results, but it’s always taken soooo long, and I refused to pay hundreds of dollars getting the treatments done in the doctor’s office. I’ve tried Go Smile (it works but takes weeks), various “whitening” toothpastes and mouth washes with “meh” results, and drug store whitening kit, complete with a mouth guard that connected to an LED light. And still, my teeth looked like this:

beforeI posted this picture in a white shirt so you can see my teeth ain’t quite white…

The Process

Smile Brilliant is different from what you’ll find in the store, in that it’s customized. When you order the kit, the company will send you a mold so that you can give a tooth imprint so they can create custom trays for the gel. You have to be extra careful when doing the molds–I had to re-do my first sample because I didn’t bite down hard enough.

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You’ll also get a bag of whitening injectors that look like shots that look like this:

Screen shot 2013-11-10 at 8.06.29 PMOnce you get your customized teeth trays, you inject the tooth whitening gel and fit it against your teeth for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 3 hours.

guardsMe wearing the guards on my first treatment (same day I took the “Before” picture)

Smile Brilliant folks say you can do as many treatments as you like until you see the results you want, but I had some sensitivity in my gums when I did treatments every day, so I staggered them to every other day or every two days. Smile Brilliant does carry de-sensitizing gel, sold separately. I achieved this after about six treatments…

smile brilliant teethI’m also wearing a white shirt in this photo. Make note that of my teeth! With this festive red lipstick, I’m ready to get fall-over drunk at somebody’s party!

What I like most about this kit is the price. For $89.95, you get all this…

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