A Simple Swap that Made me More Confident

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high-rise denim shorts | tie-waist shirt | bandana | Smile Brilliant electric toothbrush (c/o) 

Let’s talk about smiles.  Sure, the topic is a little random, but I would guess that everyone has a story about theirs.  And that story likely resulted in some insecurities or made you feel really confident.  My story is a bit of a roller coaster, so here it is:

I got braces when I was in 7th grade and had them for two years.  I loved choosing colors and always had crazy color combinations, which I thought brightened my face.  I wore headgear at night because I had an overbite, and then wore elastics during the day.  It was a pretty painful two years but it was absolutely worth it.  I finally got my braces off right before I started high school and I felt really confident about my smile.  But then one night at swim team practice in 10th grade someone needed to hand me something but my car keys were in my hand so I put them in my mouth for a second…and chipped my front tooth.  I got it fixed by the dentist but my smile was never the same.  Over the next 16 years I chipped it and had it fixed somewhere around 10 times (it’s currently chipped now).  And what else did I chip it on?  A ring pop, a fork, opening a package of chips with my mouth on the bus with my soccer team, a kiss gone wrong, and most recently, an errant piece of bone in a hamburger patty.  All were flukes, and every event made my heart sink.  You see, each time you get a chip fixed your tooth has to get filed a bit and it ends up a little shorter than it was before.  If you look closely in photos from 2002 to now my front teeth get shorter and shorter as time progresses because each time one tooth gets fixed the other gets filed down to match it.  (Thank goodness I started out with some pretty giant front teeth.)  I’ve always been confident about my smile, but a chipped front tooth really knocks me down a notch.  (Have you noticed that I normally smile with the bottoms of my front teeth tucked behind my bottom lip?  The chip is the reason why.)  

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Continuing my smile journey, I’ve always thought it was really important to have bright teeth.  I made a habit of using whitening strips from time to time to keep my teeth nice and white.  And then I got pregnant with Jack, and then I nursed him for 14 months, and then I got pregnant with Caroline before weaning Jack, and now I’ve been nursing her for over 14 months and have no clue when I’ll wean her.  (When you’re nursing or pregnant it’s not recommended to whiten your teeth, so at this point I have teeth that haven’t been whitened in 4 years and a chipped front tooth to boot.)  Needless to say my mouth has seen better days.

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Then I got an email from the company Smile Brilliant asking if I wanted to try one of their electric toothbrushes.  I quickly jumped on the opportunity because I had never used an electric toothbrush before and had heard that they clean your teeth better than a traditional toothbrush and can also help whiten your teeth.  And guess what?  The Smile Brilliant cariPRO electric toothbrush did just that!  Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how an electric toothbrush could clean better than a standard toothbrush, but my teeth now feel incredibly clean after each brushing and I don’t feel any signs of plaque on my molars…something that used to drive me nuts.

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Using this electric toothbrush also made me realized that I have never brushed my teeth for as long as I should have.  Thankfully this toothbrush makes sure that I’ll never cut it short again!  Each brushing session is broken into four 30 second intervals (with a tiny pause in between each interval) so that you know how long to brush each quadrant of your mouth.  The toothbrush also comes with 5 different settings including: clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive.  I’ve tried all 5 settings but use clean most of the time and use the white setting a few times a week to help keep coffee (and wine) stains at bay.  My smile truly looked whiter within 1 week and I’m so crazy about the results that I even upgraded Jack to a cheap kid’s electric toothbrush.  He thinks it’s pretty fun and it has his favorite cartoon character on it, so it’s a win-win situation.  

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I’m still dealing with the whole chipped tooth issue, but my teeth are brighter and cleaner than they were just a few weeks ago and I’m so happy I decided to give this toothbrush a shot.  My confidence is much higher now and I’m so thankful I found a way to enhance my smile without using chemicals that could potentially transfer to Caroline through my breastmilk.

If you’d like to try out the Smile Brilliant cariPRO Electric Toothbrush for yourself you can use the code lifewithadashofwhimsy20 to get 20% off your order!  You also have the chance to win your own electric toothbrush by entering the giveaway here.  It takes about 5 seconds to enter so don’t miss your shot!

Thanks to Smile Brilliant for gifting me this electric toothbrush!

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Katie Vail
Katie Vail

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  1. November 20, 2018 / 3:57 am

    You have a beautiful smile!

  2. November 20, 2018 / 11:40 pm

    You're kind to say that Kait, thank you!

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