Thursday, September 27, 2018


What do you call a bear without teeth?
A gummy bear!

If you know us, you know teeth are pretty important around here. Growing up a family of girls we were (are) all kinda obsessed with having good teeth. No, perfect teeth. Straight, white teeth. Fast forward and I worked in the dental field for four years. 
Fast forward again and I marry a handsome hunk heading into Dental School. And here we are now, living the student life, living and thriving through dental school.  People joke that the graduating individual earns their PhD and the spouse earns their PsT (Putting spouse Through). It's a little dumb joke, but makes us spouses feel better about our role in the process.

I recently tried a new product called Smile Brilliant. They are an in-home whitening treatment that is the same strength as if you went to the Dentist for a teeth whitening kit or  treatment (Holla!).

 Not all home whitening systems are created equal and this opportunity is unique! 
I was pumped to try this product all the while continuing my day as normal. Not interrupting our home routine.

Smile Brilliant first mailed me a kit with thorough instructions on how to mix the clay for impressions (this is way easier than the alginate used in dental offices - for all my fellow dental assistants). I completed the prep "work". Taking about five minutes -- including an extra impression cause I messed up my first one. Thank heavens they plan on there being an error, and send an extra mixture with every kit! 

Once finished, I put the impressions in the pre-addressed and stamped envelope they include, and sent if off in the mail.

I received a package shortly after with beautifully made whitening trays! Also, I'm not sure exactly which product they use for this, but these are BY FAR the most comfortable trays I've ever had. They fit perfectly snug, soft on my gums and not digging anywhere.

I have sensitive teeth, so I used their sensitivity gel for a few weeks before the whitening process. This helped insanely much. If you have the same issue I have, I highly highly recommend this. Quite frankly you could probably just order this gel to help with your tooth sensitivity needs on a day-to-day basis.

I followed up with the whitening bleach, every other day for 30 minutes. I started out cautious; cause again, sensitivity issues but worked up to every day for one hour. I am happy to report, I had zero sensitivity issues during the whitening process. No "zingers"- if you've had 'em, you know what I mean. And no sensitivity with cold foods, either.

Thank you Smile Brilliant for making this such a seamless process. I have a load of doctor appointments and frequently trying to find babysitters for them -- not having to make a Dentist appt. for new Whitening Trays relieved my schedule, saved on gas and time/money on a babysitter.

Smile Brilliants home whitening kit, didn't interrupt my routine either. I wore my trays while getting us ready for the day, during my lung and breathing treatments, cleaning, driving and whatever else was on my schedule. 

I love my new shiny smile. And because I love it so much, I thought I'd do a giveaway for one of YOU to receive a FREE KIT.

 To be entered in the drawing you'll need to: 
1. Like the photo on instagram (@shermanmandie)
2. On instagram, tag friends in comments. One tag per comment, please.
3. Fill out this Giveaway Form
4. **10 Bonus entries** if you subscribe to blog by filling out the "follow by email" box, on the right side tool bar. 

Here is my before and after. I can't wait to see yours. Tag me in your new smile!

Remember to brush and floss your teeth, 'cause no one wants to BE a gummy bear!
Thanks Smile Brilliant for making myself and others feel more confident all around the world!

Smile Big, 

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