Your Next Travel Must-Have: Charcoal Whitening Powder

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Travel is one of my favorite things, but it definitely has a way of taking its toll on my body and my health. It’s so easy to eat fast food, it’s so easy to say yes to that second glass of red wine, and it’s so easy to drink all the coffee. I’m so guilty of using travel as an excuse to treat myself – and who doesn’t? – and then head to the hotel gym for a two-mile run like that’s going to make up for all the room service Belgian waffles and bacon.

However, the biggest problem I have when I travel is the damage I do to my white smile. Red wine and coffee. Coffee and red wine. We’re having fun, so the glasses of vino are flowing, and I’m exhausted being in a different time zone, away from my bed, and away from my carefully crafted routine, which means my coffee consumption becomes a problem. I’m sure I need coffee intervention, but that’s not the point here, right? We travel often, and I need something to keep my smile in check.

I take a lot of photos for social media and tiffanyraiford.com, and that means I need to be sure my smile is always white, which is basically impossible after 200 trips to Starbucks. I don’t always have time to wear whitening trays or head to the dentist for a whitening treatment. I need something fast, easy, convenient, and portable.

When the amazing people from Avistar asked me to try their charcoal whitening powder, I was excited. I’d heard such good things about this easy way of whitening in the past, and I was hoping it was the answer to my travel whitening needs.

The Avistar Natural Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier with Activated Charcoal Powder changed my travel life. I simply bring it with me on my flights, and I use it every day. The difference is immediate, and it helps me feel more confident in my smile when we aren’t home – even after a gallon of coffee.

The best part is that it’s so simple to use. I wet my toothbrush, dip it into the powder, and I brush for two minutes. After rinsing, I brush my teeth as usual – which helps remove the charcoal residue from between my teeth. My teeth are whiter and brighter, and my smile that much more confident.

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Tips for Use

Now that you’re ready to change your travel game face (literally) forever, here are a few things I’ve learned to make your whitening experience a little easier and less of a mess (hello, living and learning).

  • Whiten before you put your makeup on, so you don’t end up with charcoal powder on your lipstick
  • Don’t use a lot on your toothbrush. You only need to dab your brush in the powder for a very small layer. A little of this whitening product goes a LONG way.
  • Brush afterward. You can use it alone or you can put it on top of your toothpaste, but I found the best way to use it to make a smaller mess and to have the brightest smile is by using it first and then brushing afterward.
  • Expect a mess – unless you’re perfect, unlike me. Just grab a baby wipe or a Clorox wipe to have on hand while you brush. The charcoal does make a bit of a mess in the sink if you brush like me, but it wipes right up.

If you’re looking for a quick, efficient, and effective whitening method to use on the road, this is it. And you don’t have to reserve it for travel, either. You can use it at home. It’s easy, and the best part is that it has no effect on sensitive teeth. I have sensitive teeth, and I’m always hesitant to try new products. This one is perfect if you want to have the pearliest whites because you won’t feel anything.

It’s a win, but the fact that it’s sold on Amazon.com and you can have it in two days or less with Prime Shipping is a game-changer, for certain. It’s organic, too, so you needn’t worry about putting anything questionable on your teeth and gums.

You can’t lose, so why are you waiting to order?

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Professional At-Home Teeth Whitening with Real Results: How A Busy Mom of 4 Gets Pro Whitening Results On the Go {And a GIVEAWAY}

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{Before and After using Smile Brilliant’s At-Home Whitening Trays}

I have terrible vision. I’ve worn glasses/contacts since I was in middle school. It’s a family trait on my dad’s side of the family, but I can’t complain because along with horrible vision comes beautiful teeth. In my almost 34 years, the most my dentist has ever had to do to my teeth is clean them. No braces. No cavities. Nothing. I hope I pass that along to my four little ones. I’ve always believed that your smile is the first thing people notice about you – and it might as well be gorgeous, right?

Unfortunately, my perfect teeth began changing a bit in my 30s. It happened when I turned 30 and gave birth to our now 3.5-year-old twins a few months later. The twins are our third and fourth babies, and I’m sure I don’t need to explain the level of exhausted that comes with parenting four kids in addition to running my own business.

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I’d always loved coffee before, but I was a cup a day drinker. Now I’m carrying my third cup into my office when I get home from taking the kids to school. It’s not great for my pearly whites. If you add the fact that we are sticklers for having all the kids in bed no later than 7:30 pm so we can relax and have a glass of red, my teeth have certainly been whiter.

I’ve been considering whitening my teeth for a while now, but I’ve already tried the over-the-counter stuff without being impressed. It doesn’t feel good, taste good, or work well, and I’m a big fan of not wasting my time. Because I don’t have much of that being an un-paid Uber driver to four little people who all have activities, places to go, things to do, and people to see every. Single. Day.

My oral health is important to me – because it’s directly related to my overall health, something I highly recommend everyone take the time to research – and I’m at the dentist every six months. However, I barely have time to sit there for my cleanings let alone for an expensive whitening process that I know might cause sensitivity and even require additional appointments.

To quote Pinterest: “Ain’t nobody got time for that”.

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When Smile Brilliant reached out and asked me if I’d like to try one of their at-home whitening kits, I was intrigued. I’ll admit that I didn’t think it would work as well as an office whitening, but they were offering me a chance to use their state-of-the-art technology at home; and that’s pretty time-saving for me. So, I said yes.

And boy was I wrong (don’t tell my husband…it would break his heart to learn that I am, in fact, occasionally wrong after 16 years of thinking otherwise).

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The Kit

When my kit arrived, I was impressed. I spent a few minutes going over the instructions to ensure I didn’t make any mistakes, and they could not have been easier to comprehend. Mix the blue and the white putty together – quickly – stick it in the mouth guards, put your teeth in them, and leave them there for 3 minutes.

The only thing the instructions didn’t mention was that I’d lose 3 pounds in saliva weight by the time I was done molding my teeth. I won’t lie – it was hilariously gross, and my husband thoroughly enjoyed watching me mop up the mess I was making!

Once my teeth were molded, I filled out the form in the kit, mailed it all back the Smile Brilliant’s lab in the pre-paid, self-addressed envelope, and I had my custom teeth trays on my doorstep in less than a week.

The Whitening Process

If you thought the molding portion of the kit was simple, you will love the whitening process. The kit comes with several syringes. Some are whitening gel and some are desensitizing gel. I began whitening by filling my custom trays with the whitening gel, and I left it on for an hour the first time. I followed using the desensitizing gel for 20 minutes.

I don’t have sensitive teeth, but I figured I might as well be safe rather than sorry. The entire process is so simple. You can whiten every day, but I chose to do every other day just to ensure I didn’t experience any sensitivity – and I did not. What’s even more amazing is how convenient it is to whiten. I whitened driving my kids to and from school, while I sat at my desk working, while I made dinner, went through the nightly prep getting the kids all ready for school the following day…you can whiten any time.

I noticed a significant change in the color of my teeth the first time I whitened, and I cannot even begin to express how happy I am with the results. It’s painless, but it’s even more effective. I can’t believe I found a way to whiten my teeth at a professional level without the pain, without the cost (the entire kit costs less than $200 – and it’s custom-made!), and I can use it again and again by ordering new whitening and desensitizing gel as needed.

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Best news ever – I can continue to drink all the coffee and all the red wine without worrying about the color of my teeth. If you love convenience, saving money, and getting real results (while still drinking all the things you love the most) you will love the Smile Brilliant process. It’s simple, it’s easy, and it takes no time.

Win Your Own Smile Brilliant Kit or Save $20 on Your Own Kit With This Code

And if all that isn’t spectacular enough, I’m super excited to offer my readers a chance to win your very own Smile Brilliant whitening kit. All you need to do is click here to enter for a chance to win! If you don’t win, don’t panic! I’ve partnered with Smile Brilliant to offer a discount on your own kit by using promo code “tiffanyraiford20” when you check out!

You’re never fully dressed without a smile, and Smile Brilliant is making it almost laughably easy to fully dress yourself with the kind of killer smile that makes people do a double-take.


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