The Ross Effect: My Wednesday Afternoon With Smile Brilliant
I'll admit, when I first agreed to trial one of Smile Brilliant's at home tooth whitening systems, I did so with more than a moment's hesitation. I have always been a bit wary when it comes to anything procedural that I perceive (true or otherwise) might have an immediate and deleterious cosmetic effect. Okay, full disclosure - I was thinking particularly of that episode of Friends where Ross gets his teeth whitened.
I have never felt much of a need to whiten my teeth before, having never put so much as a drugstore whitening strip into my gob; this was to be uncharted territory indeed. Despite aforementioned hesitation, my desire to do just about anything for the sake of comedy won out, as it always does.
I'll admit here to being impressed with the Smile Brilliant website. It's easy to navigate, informative, and there are many different permutations of their products, designed to suit your particular lifestyle needs. I selected the LED teeth whitening pen, which promised to be both the easiest to manage (and potentially most hilarious) option.
Here is my photojournalistic documentation of my trial with Smile Brilliant. For more information and/or frequently asked questions about Smile Brilliant, you can visit their website by clicking here.
And after 30 minutes...
This product works. I only left the product on for the minimum time (as to avoid the Ross Effect), and I noticed a difference (albeit subtle) with one application. According to the directions, I should have six more applications available to me with the one pen. That's a really good deal for $39.95.
Interested in giving this one a go? Here is my advice:
- Start "low and slow" at first and leave it on longer with subsequent applications. The directions say that if you have sensitive teeth, you should not exceed 120 minutes, and I'm inclined to believe them.
- Place yourself in a comedy-free zone while you have the LED tray in your mouth. Communication is difficult, and laughter is damn near impossible. Insist on your husband not referring to you as "Ross" the whole time.
- Don't really put it on your cat. Or any other animal. (cats like to whiten with baking soda)
Bottom line - does this product work? Yes. Would I use it again and recommend it? Yep...yes I would.