Disclaimer: This blog post is in partnership with Smile Brilliant. Smile Brilliant kindly sent me a free teeth whitening set for review. Opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for your support!
Happy New Year, everyone! I am so excited to share with you an extra special post today on self-care in partnership with Smile Brilliant. As you might already know, I recently started a PhD program and whew it has been a journey, to say the least. I thought I was busy when I worked a full-time job, but getting thrown back into student life and the whole world of academia has been a huge wake-up call.
One way in which I try to maintain some sort of normalcy in graduate school is making time for self-care which, for me, means having a cup (or 2 or 3) of hot chocolate, getting out all my beauty products, and getting my at-home spa on! ♡ Self-care means different things to different people so even if you’re not into the spa-vibe type of self-care, I highly recommend taking the time to find what works for you and finding something that you do purely for you.
When Smile Brilliant reached out to me, I was very excited to test out their whitening set because incorporating teeth whitening into my routine has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while! I’ve tried every white strip known to mankind but have always found them to be difficult to use since they don’t tend to stay on my teeth for very long and I find it difficult to commit to the 30+ days of daily use that most white strips require. Smile Brilliant’s system sends you custom-fitted whitening trays that fit your teeth and only require 7-14 days of whitening - both huge wins for busy schedules!
To be perfectly honest, I still thought that finding the time to sit down and whiten my teeth for 1-3 hours a day somewhat difficult. As a grad student, I’m often out of the house running from meeting to classes to more meetings for 12 hours at a time which means that when I finally arrive home, I’m often passed out before my head even hits the pillow! That being said, I think Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system makes the process so, so much easier than other whitening systems and think it’s absolutely worth a shot.
The Smile Brilliant system recommends a minimum 45-1 hour minute whitening time, but you can go up to 3 hours in one sitting for better whitening results. Plus, the fact that you only need to commit to whitening for 7-14 days is huge for those of running around during the day! While my teeth weren’t extra yellow in the first place, even after 2 weeks of 1-hour whitening sessions, I can tell that a lot of the yellowing in between my teeth (thanks to my 3-cups-a-day coffee addiction) are already starting to disappear. With the holiday break coming up, I’m actually really excited to try longer periods of whitening to see if I can get even better results with the Smile Brilliant system :)
Lastly, a huge shoutout to the team at Smile Brilliant - outside of partnering on this blog post, they’ve been super helpful throughout the whitening process and have offered tons of advice on how to use their whitening kits. Customer service is a huge factor in most of my purchasing decisions so I think it’s always worth noting when I have a good experience with a company :)