A few months back Beckett and I started getting extra paranoid about the color of our teeth. Just being honest, I think he asked me once a week for a few months if I thought his teeth were yellow. I wasn’t asking about mine back because I know my teeth are scudsy (I know, that’s not I word).
But I didn’t want to go spend tons of $$$ to get them professionally whitened and the white strips only do so much (and are still expensive if you use enough of them to get professional results). So this is a great affordable option.
Before I ordered the 2 whitening kits I called a few local dentists to get price quotes on custom whitening trays. One dentist only charged $306.00, but another charged $375.00, and still another charged nearly $600! No words. I sure hope that $600 option is a miracle because that’s a lot of dough.
The Smile Brilliant kits were about $159 each (with options ranging from $159-129). The price’s a little higher, but they do offer options if you have sensitive teeth ($179-139). In my opinion, it’s so worth ordering these online because you’re literally getting 2 sets for the price of 1.
Beckett did the whitening for 2.5 weeks for 30 minutes – 1 hour each time… and I think the results speak for themselves. He didn’t even get up to the full time recommended (3 hours a night) and his results were still so good. He also drank lots of coffee and grape juice the whole time.
I am going to have him keep whitening once we can have a normal bedtime routine again, but we’re in the middle of packing up our house so we literally drag ourselves to bed each night and can’t stay awake long enough to whiten teeth. lol, so lame, but it’s our current reality.
Beckett was really nervous about whitening his teeth because he had it done once before in a dental office and it hurt after awhile, but he says that when he uses the Desensitizing Gel (like you’re supposed to with Smile Brilliant) he doesn’t get any pain. Fair warning though, after awhile Beckett started getting lazy and skipping the Desensitizing Gel a few nights though and had some sensitivity the following days. He used it again and didn’t feel anything after that. Yuh gotta follow the directions, lesson learned.
I need to write this disclaimer though. Honestly, I haven’t used my kit yet, which I’m really sad about. I was about to start whitening. We had just got our custom trays back from the lab where they’re made (you do impressions at home and send them in) and I happened to read through the directions one last time before putting them on. And then I saw it. It said to ask your dentist/pediatrician if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Wellp, since I’m breastfeeding I called my dentist right away and he recommended I wait until I stop breastfeeding. All the sad crying emoji faces here.
I trust my dentist and he said that there just isn’t enough research yet to tell us if it’s 100% safe for the baby. My husband and I didn’t want to take that risk. My pediatrician actually said it was ok to whiten while breastfeeding. So there’s a lot of conflicting advice about it. But if you’re breastfeeding, it’s your own choice so ask your dentist & pediatrician too.
I’ll wait until I finish breastfeeding and then post my results! Sooo keep a lookout for that in a number of months!
A special thanks to Smile Brilliant for sponsoring this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.