The fall for me is always a second New Year’s Eve. Does anyone else feel that way? When it hits September or October, I get this overwhelming sense of starting fresh and new.
Maybe it’s the change of season, but it’s something I look forward to every year. This fall I’ve cozied up in my favourite fall pieces, moved into a new home and am ready to put myself first.
I’ve made the commitment that I want to start taking better care of myself. I’m tired of feeling run down and not my best self.
When I look in the mirror, I like what I see, but I want to LOVE what I see. This means I want to spend more time in the shower exfoliating my skin, moisturizing it and painting my nails (& stop biting them!). I want to create a full skincare routine, get my eyebrows done and I want to create a happy relationship with my teeth.
When I was younger, my family didn’t have the money to take me to the dentist. I went a couple of times in elementary school, but I never experienced the annual cleaning trip to the dentist.
My teeth have always been a sore spot when it comes to my self-confidence and appearance. From a photo, you may think I have fairly nice teeth, but inside my head, they’re the one main thing I wish I could change.
I’ve grown a major addiction to caffeine and I enjoy a glass of red wine here and there. This means my teeth aren’t as white as I’d like them to be.
Because of the wine and coffee stains, I was ecstatic when Okanagan Smiles reached out to me about whitening my teeth at home using one of their kits.
I jumped at the chance because I knew my teeth could use it and it was the biggest thing on my “make me feel better” fall re-start list. When I went into Okanagan Smiles to meet with the team and have my whitening trays created, everyone was so friendly. Their office, which is located on Springfield Road, is bright, open and full of laughter.
I met with Dr. Grewal and one of his technicians and they fitted my teeth for the whitening trays. I was in and out in 15 minutes. It was that simple. After my trays were made, they invited me back into the office to learn how to whiten my teeth.
Being a former journalist, I had a few questions that they were happy to answer. The first one was about sensitivity. I have really sensitive teeth and in the past when I tried Crest whitening strips, I had to take them off within 5 minutes because they hurt so bad.
Dr. Grewal told me that this treatment wouldn’t cause major pain to me and if it did, I just had to stop for a while to allow my teeth a break.
The treatment is extremely easy. I simply have to brush my teeth before, put some of the whitening gel on the inside of my trays and stick the impressions on top of my teeth. Leave them in for 15-30 minutes and then remove, wash my mouth out, brush my teeth again and finish by cleaning out my trays.
After a couple of days of using the treatment, my teeth were beginning to feel sensitive. I lowered the amount of time I was keeping the whitening trays in and then eventually took a bit of a break from them to ease my discomfort.
If you get fitted for these trays, make sure to not overload them with whitening treatment. The gel can irritate your gums if there’s too much. A pea size squirt is enough!
While the treatment isn’t over yet and I have a lot of whitening gel left, I’m excited to continue with this process. I hope soon these small acts of kindness that I’m doing to myself FOR myself will make me feel more confident.
I’m a huge speaker of self-love and self-acceptance and I know 99.9% of this comes from within, but if you believe that whitening your teeth, getting your brows or nails done, or even wearing a bright lipstick will help boost your self-confidence, I say GO GET IT, GIRL.
I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Grewal and his team for working with me and helping me boost the love I have for myself. Oh and thank you for removing the wine and coffee stains! That’s a huge win too!
If you’re looking for an easy at-home whitening treatment and you’re a Kelowna local, visit Okanagan Smiles. Not only is the treatment easy as pie, but the team is as sweet as one too.
This blog post was sponsored by Okanagan Smiles. All thoughts and opinions remain mine. To read more about my disclaimer and how I pick which companies I work with, click here.