Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening

Date Thu, March 13 2014

The last time I reviewed a teeth whitening product, I didn’t love it. It was actually kind of painful, and my fairly-white teeth just don’t gel with that. This time around, I was contacted by folks from Smile Bright to try their UV-light whitening system. I’d like to thank them for providing me with product in return for this unbiased review.

The Smile Brilliant system is one that uses LED light and a whitening gel that responds to the gel.  The kit contains:

  • LED light
  • Gel pen
  • Lip protector tray
Smile Brilliant Kit

Smile Brilliant Kit

It all comes in this interesting cardboard container, which you can see in the photo. To be honest, I think it’s attractive but it would be weird to look at it if you were in the health and beauty section looking for teeth whitening products. I’m not sure if it is available in physical stores, so maybe this doesn’t even matter.

Initially, the LED unit I received didn’t work. I checked the batteries — 2 2032s (watch batteries) — but the folks at Smile Brilliant were great about sending me a new one. If you don’t have batteries, the gel can still help you whiten your teeth. However, I’ve only been able to use them together.

To start, you have to uncap the pen, twist the base (up to 40 times) before gel comes out on the brush and apply it to your teeth. I actually really like this system. It’s similar to some lip glosses and Julep’s cuticle treatment.  The gel isn’t runny or messy, and I like this. The pen means you can toss it in your bag, take it on a weekend trip and store it without worrying about messes.

The next step is to put in the lip guard. It’s a soft silicone and it fits all right in my small mouth. However, it’s just a little weird. I don’t really like things in my mouth. This isn’t the fault of the Smile Brilliant system. I just can’t really stand to sit there for 20 to 40 minutes with the awkward swallowing and all. Once you get that inserted, you insert the LED light, which has a plastic mouth guard. Wrapping your lips around it keeps it in place so you won’t need to hold it the entire time.

The LED unit operates with two buttons: one on and one off. You’ll need to open the battery compartment and remove a plastic disc before your first use, but this isn’t a problem. The LED light emits a blue-ish hue, and it wasn’t distracting or anything. It didn’t seem like it hit every tooth in my mouth, but you mostly see the ones in front anyway.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even keep the unit lighting my teeth for the full 40 minutes.. but I was will surprised at how much they seemed whiter almost instantly! And there was no discomfort like the last system I tried to use. All of these steps are outline with photos on the official website.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take before and after pictures, so I lack a comparison. I will get on that in  the future, though!

I’m fortunate that my teeth don’t have any major stains or discoloration so I’ll keel the Smile Brilliant system around to use when I really want to shine. However, I won’t need to use it constantly.

One of the nice things about this system is that is costs just under $40. I’ve seen similar whitening LED systems for almost $200!

2 Responses

  1. Nicole @ MamaNYC March 14 2014 @ 3:24 pm

    Wow! I am really impressed by the price of this system. Most are VERY costly and that’s really what has prevented us from purchasing one in the past. I am definitely going to look into this brand though. Sounds exactly like what I’ve been looking for — I don’t want to spend hours using it, but just something for once in a while to really SHINE (Plus, I am a heavy coffee drinker. Staining always has been a concern of mine. Lucky SO FAR, but you can never be too careful!)

    Thanks, Cole! :O)

  2. Cole March 14 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    The price is fantastic, really. Like I said, I saw another for something like $200. Um, no thank you. LOL

    Thanks for commenting!

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