Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Giveaway
Today I'm going to be talking about teeth whitening! My teeth are pretty yellow and this is something I just live with, but teeth whitening is always an option, and it doesn't have to be insanely expensive! There's also a giveaway at the end of this blog post worth $139.95, so read on!
The Science Behind Teeth Whitening
The natural colour of a tooth resides in the dentin (a soft bone like tissue) which lies below the enamel (a clear hard protective coating) and this colour varies from person to person, from off-white to greyish or yellowish. Whatever colour your dentin is, is how your teeth will appear when all stains have been lifted. So no dentist or teeth whitening brand can guarantee a bright white smile - just a stain free smile!
The number of applications before all stains are removed also varies from person to person based on the severity of stains on the tooth, the causes of the stains, how long they've been collecting for, and the percentage of peroxide you're using. The older you are, the more severe your stains are likely to be, so for 13 - 23-year-olds it could take 5-9 applications but for 35+ it could take 9-21 applications.
Which Whitening Product Is Best For You?
Whitening strips, pens and syringes all contain peroxide which means the gel is equally effective in all product types as long as it's fresh. The device holding the peroxide to the tooth is what determines its effectiveness.
Whitening pens & LED lights often result in product rubbing/washing off so it can't stay in contact with the teeth for a long enough amount of time, and research has shown that LED lights don't enhance results and are a novelty.
Whitening strips often slide on the tooth and aren't able to reach the crevices where teeth join or along the gum lines so the whole tooth is not whitened.
In office power bleaching is effective but expensive, ranging from $350 - $1000 per applications, with three applications required. The same results can be achieved using custom fitted trays.
Maintenance & Risk
After daily use of custom fitted trays for 1-2 weeks (1-3 hours per day), you'll need one or two additional applications every 3-4 months to remove new stains. The trays will last for years so the only thing you would need to order again is the gel for $8.
There are low risk, temporary side effects involved with teeth whitening such as tooth sensitivity and gum irritation. The majority of people will experience these side effects but they can be managed.
Tooth sensitivity may occur due to dehydration caused by open pores combined with the peroxide, but a desensitising gel will accelerate the rehydration process. If you're worried about tooth sensitivity, read this article for more information!
Gum irritation is also a side effect due to peroxide removing a thin layer of gum tissue and most people experience this with the first 1 or 2 applications. More information on gum irritation in this article.
The minimum age for use is usually 12-14 but depends on when the permanent teeth erupt. Here is an article on the matter if it's a concern for you!
It's worth keeping in mind that there are various types of tooth stains and certain types will require a more aggressive in office approach. If you have been diagnosed with dental fluorosis, tetracycline stains, decalcification, a single dark tooth, or have had dental work then you may want to refer to this article to determine whether you will benefit from teeth whitening.
About Smile Brilliant!
Smile Brilliant offer the lowest price custom fitted trays available. It's a professional product usually only available from a dentist. So if you are looking at teeth whitening, it's definitely worth a look! So even if you don't win the giveaway, you can still get reasonably priced teeth whitening without going to the dentist! All you do is create a mould of your teeth using what is sent to you, send it back to them so they can create your trays, and then use the product as directed for 1-3 hours each day.
About the giveaway
You will be entering to win $139.95 store credit which is equal to their Teeth Whitening Trays + 3 whitening gel syringes and 3 desensitising gel syringes or the Teeth Whitening Trays + 6 whitening gel syringes. (see picture above for visuals!) You are able to change that selection but you'd need to pay the difference! The giveaway is open internationally however if you're outside of the US, you will have to pay the shipping cost for sending the impressions back to them. You've got more chance of winning the more entries you have! You must complete the first three entries in order to be considered. The giveaway will end in two weeks, on March 24th. GET PUMPED, and good luck to the winner!
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