Add Custom Teeth Whitening to Your Night Routine in 3 Easy Steps
Happy Friday, friends! My new work schedule began last week and this week we’re dealing with Hurricane Florence, so I’m all kinds of topsy turvy at the moment. Hope you have all had a great week and are staying safe!
Now, today’s post is all about evening routines and my new favorite self-care product! Do you have a night or bedtime routine? I find that it really sets the tone for a restful night’s sleep and if I stray, I toss and turn because my body doesn’t know that it’s time for bed! Lately, I have been trying to incorporate more “self-care,” both mentally and physically.
Prior to my wedding, I had considered trying teeth whitening products, but somehow, I never got around to it, it was too expensive, etc. Basically, I just had a lot of excuses. Shortly after my honeymoon, I was asked to partner with Smile Brilliant and review their custom teeth whitening. I was thrilled! Who doesn’t want a brighter, whiter smile, when the process to get it fits seamlessly into your everyday routine? Have you ever heard of Smile Brilliant or tried other whitening products? Let me know in the comments below!
** Read to the end for a giveaway!
Whiten Your Teeth With Smile Brilliant
Let’s first discuss this amazing whitening product, and then I’ll get into how easy it was to incorporate into my bedtime routine! I have always been a bit self-conscious of my smile, and I’m sure I am not alone in feeling this way. Hands up if you have ever had braces! Hands up if you also had a retainer and head-gear before the braces! Yeah, I was that cool kid, rocking headgear at my middle school sleepovers. Luckily, I had nice friends or I fear a nickname may still be haunting me. Haha!
Fast forward to now and I am very happy with my straight smile, however, I have always thought my teeth could stand to just be a tad whiter. I am not a coffee drinker, but enjoy the occasional glass of red wine, which I know has been contributing to the less-than-pearly whites I’ve been rocking.
How to Use Smile Brilliant
The start-to-finish process with Smile Brilliant was incredibly easy. The company uses whitening trays, which are custom fit to your smile. You will initially be sent instructions and a kit to form clay molds of your teeth. These will then be sent out to process your whitening trays. The whitening kit will include the whitening gel, along with a desensitizing gel. This was key! In general, I do not have overly sensitive teeth. I used the desensitizing gel as a precaution for the first couple days, and then just assumed I would be fine without it. And, while I was probably okay, I did have some increased sensitivity to cold on the days following. Use the desensitizing gel people! It’s there for a reason and really does not require any more time or effort to apply.
I used Smile Brilliant daily for the first week, and then every other day for another couple weeks. Surprisingly, I still have some whitening gel left, which I will be saving for future touch-ups. They give you plenty of product if you follow the application instructions and apply sparingly.
Alright, time to jump into my evening routine. Keep on reading until the end for instructions on how to enter a giveaway to win your own Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit!
Evening Routine in 3 Steps
Step #1: Cook dinner and prepare for upcoming work day
Prepping and cooking dinner is the start to my evening! Jarrett tends to work late personal training, so typically, I will begin preparing dinner around 6:30-7pm. I have been in a bit of a recipe rut lately, repeating the same meals endlessly. But, I’ve turned back to Pinterest for inspiration! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest here if you want to know what I’m cooking up!
I also use this time to pack my lunch for the following day. While things are simmering or baking, I will mix up a salad, toss in a yogurt, and of course a few sweet snacks, and call it a day. I have also been getting in the habit of prepping what I can for breakfast as well, which for months has been oatmeal with peanut butter and fruit.
Step #2: Skincare and Teeth Whitening
Following dinner, I head right to the bathroom to start working on my skincare routine. At this point, I have usually wiped off my makeup and washed my face because I use my Clarisonic in the shower, post-workout. I start with a toner, and because I am now in my late twenties (*gasp*), I do use more face products than a couple of years ago. Eye cream and serum have specifically worked their way into my evening routine and I recommend you start using them as well!
Now, while those are settling into my skin, I start phase one of teeth whitening: applying the whitening gel. After brushing my teeth with just water, I apply a thin layer of the whitening gel to my custom tray. You want to dry your teeth as best as possible, and press the tray into place. Leave this tray on for up to 3 hours and just continue to go about your evening routine! To finish up my skincare, I will apply my favorite Mario Badescu drying lotion to any pesky pimples, wait for that to dry, and end with a layer of moisturizer.
Step #3: Relax!
While the whitening trays are in place, I take the time to wind down for the day. Sometimes, this means stretching. Most of the time, it means reading a book or watching Netflix with my husband. Right now, we are finishing up season 8 of Vampire Diaries!
When I start getting particularly sleepy, around 9:30pm because we’re old now, I head to the bathroom to finish off my teeth whitening process. Now comes the desensitizing gel! Brush your teeth with toothpaste this time, as you normally would, dry your teeth again, and re-apply the trays with a thin layer of the desensitizing gel. This only needs to be left on for 15-20 minutes. When you’re done with this application, just remove the trays and hit the hay! You want to avoid eating or drinking anything for 30 minutes after, to avoid new stains. That’s why it’s the perfect addition to your night routine!
Smile Brilliant Giveaway
Think Smile Brilliant sounds like the perfect addition to your self-care routine? Click the link below to enter for a chance to win a customized whitening kit, worth $149!
Giveaway link: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/g/willdaytripfordonuts
$15% off any tray set: willdaytripfordonuts15
If you do not win the giveaway, you will still get a special discount, just for entering! The giveaway will be open for two weeks, but don’t hesitate- enter now!