Hello my beautiful souls! I hope you all are having a fabulous day and had a great week! Mine has been super busy but I am happy it has been very productive though. I have been organizing things and honestly trying to stay sane with all this Covid Stuff, who is with me on that? We got this guys! In today’s blog post I wanted to chat with you guys about sleep! Ahhhhh yes. I seriously adore my beauty sleep and really do enjoy sleeping in… probably a little more than I should to be honest! However, I am more of a morning person as opposed to a night owl, anyone with me on that? I am not the type of girl to wake up at 5:00 am and have my life altogether but I really enjoy starting my day at a decent time and really enjoying my whole morning routine. From my wonderful bold cup of coffee to my workout routine, I enjoy all these little activities that truly make my mornings so much better for myself. I am a firm believer in finding a steady routine that works best for you. A lot of trial and error for sure! I am very keen on ensuring I am having a good sleep. I try my best to get enough hours of sleep each night, however, that is not always the case. I have an extremely bad habit that I need to share with you beauts. I am a horrible teeth grinder. I know… it’s absolutely brutal. When I say “brutal” I mean picture nails on a chalkboard and a high pitch screeching sound. Not only is the sound absolutely atrocious, but it is also extremely unhealthy for my teeth,
Do you ever have a bad habit that you really don’t think is that big of a deal? I mean.. sure I grind my teeth, what’s it to you? It was not until within the past year that I really noticed how bad this habit actually was. I have always been a teeth grinder and I actually had gotten a mouthguard when I was younger. Not going to lie, I never actually wore it that much , didn’t put as much effort into my oral care as I should’ve and I didn’t care as much. When you are older, you usually start to take things a little more seriously and pay attention to these types of things a lot more. I know my dentist would always give me dirty looks whenever I simply stated “I don’t like to floss” when the teeth cleaning appointments rolled around. I got a rude awakening for many things such as needing to floss more and the flattening of my teeth, which was being caused by the constant grinding at night time. I was absolutely startled one time when my boyfriend decided to record how I sounded when I grind my teeth at night time. I was BLOWN away. I had no idea I was that loud and obnoxious when I was doing this while I slept. Not only was this a problem I have always dealt with, but now, it was becoming a major problem for my significant other as well. I had to do something about it pronto or else he may never want to stay over again let’s face it. I would not want to listen to that awful noise when I was trying to have a restful sleep.
“Professional Teeth Grinder is my middle name…”
Not only was the noise so intense, but the grinding was also leading to other issues I began to face as well. I am seriously always the type to get headaches and could not figure out why this was happening. Sure it could be the result of lack of water, or maybe I was stressed out, but headaches always seemed to creep around the corner even when these were not the case. I felt that Tylenol and Advil were always my best friends. It was terrible. Not only do headaches feel the worst but they prevented me from getting what I want to get done that specific day, holding off until I felt a bit better. I began to do my research. What could be causing these headaches all the time? I never would have ever thought it would have been potential symptoms of teeth grinding. Now thinking about it and knowing this, this makes complete sense due to the amount of jaw clenching that is happening. Sometimes I would even wake up come morning time with a sore jaw as well. I will often wake up having a very unrestful sleep and not to mention my boyfriend wants to kill me. The crazy thing that continues to baffle me is that I am completely unaware of this during my sleep. With all of these symptoms, it is clear to say that I needed some help and needed a night guard…pronto.
I was approached by a lovely company called “Smile Brilliant“, which involves a bunch of dental professionals with more than 3o years of teeth whitening experience. This company started by creating custom-fitted whitening trays for local dentists but soon developed a system that allows their customers to create their own dental impressions in the comfort of their own homes. This is so much more convenient and more cost-efficient than having to make your way to the dentist’s office to get these done (especially with Covid here). Not only does this amazing company create whitening trays but they also create mouth guards, have electric toothbrushes, desensitizing gels, and water flossers. I was so happy to hear that they ship worldwide, and I was beyond impressed with their overall customer service. Any questions that I had in regards to the process they were eager to answer, and they were extremely helpful with my experience. You can check out all their products located in their shop here: https://www.smilebrilliant.com/product/night-guards/#itsthelittlethingsinlifethatmatter
When it comes to ordering your impressions kit, it is extremely easy which I loved. There are three different packages you can choose from which all vary. The “Deluxe Package” provides you with 4 ultra-durable mouthguards which last you up to 1 year for heavy teeth grinders. This kit retails for $179.00 compared to $750.00. With all of these packages, your dental impressions are kept on file for easy re-order which is fabulous. All packages include free shipping (prepaid US envelope) and a free impressions kit. The lifetime re-order for this specific package is only $25.00/ mouthguard. The second “Moderate Package” contains 2 ultra-durable mouthguards which last up to 6 months for heavy teeth grinders. This kit retails for $159.00 compared to $550.00. The lifetime re-order for this specific package is only $35.00/mouthguard. The last “Intro Package” which contains 1 ultra-durable mouthguard lasts up to 3 months for heavy teeth grinders. The lifetime re-order for this specific package is only $40.00/mouthguard (this is the package I received). I simply love how you have a lifetime warranty of the products and can reorder when needed. You are then given all the necessary products to create your dental impressions at home, which takes around 15 minutes (pretty sure I was watching some re-runs of Jersey Shore). Once you created your impressions, simply send them back in the envelope they provide for you. The lab then receives your dental impressions, crafts an exact mold of your teeth, and creates your own personal mouthguard. This part of the process takes around 3-5 business days.
Overall, I was very pleased with this process, in fact, I even emailed the company a picture of my impressions to ensure I created them properly. They replied back immediately with the “good to go!”. Knowing me I would completely mess something up haha!
Well...it’s the moment you have all been waiting for! I am super pleased with the progress I have been experiencing on several levels when it came to my symptoms from grinding my teeth. As you have read at the beginning of my blog post, I am absolutely brutal at grinding my teeth and would classify myself as a “heavy teeth grinder” (that’s my middle name, didn’t you know?). I have noticed a reduced amount of headaches while using this nightguard. I have been using mine for a few weeks now and will still be monitoring the progress that is happening. You do not know how happy I am to have noticed this! I have always been headache’s number one fan, they love me but I am completely sick of them. Truth be told, I never in a million years would have thought this would be caused by my immense amount of heavy teeth grinding while I sleep. It’s unbelievable. Not only do I notice my headaches disappearing but also my sleep has been a lot better. I am trying to work ongoing to bed a bit earlier, but that is another story, haha. Let’s focus on one thing at a time, shall we? I have noticed I am getting a more restful sleep when it comes to morning time with the usage of my mouthguard. I am trying to get into the new habit of wearing this every night and to be honest, it is actually quite comfy! Just slides right on and doesn’t bother me one bit. The jaw pain is slowly decreasing and I know my teeth are screaming at me saying “about time!”. I know they are pretty happy with my decision to try out this company for myself and see what they were all about. My boyfriend is also extremely happy that he can sleep at night without hearing a mouse screeching next to him. Phew!
I am very happy I tried out this night guard and would highly recommend it to anyone who is an avid teeth grinder like myself. I am happy to be saving my teeth before it is too late since I can already see a bit of flattening occurring. I also recommend checking out the other amazing products this company has to offer! I want to personally take the time to thank Smile Brilliant for giving me the opportunity to experience one of their kits for myself! You guys are awesome. OH and also…. not only are they a pretty wicked company but they gave me the opportunity to provide you, beautiful souls, with an amazing GIVEAWAY! Heck yes!
Who’s excited for this awesome giveaway! Here’s your chance to win your own “Light Night Guard Kit”!
All you have to do is simply click the link below and fill out the form to enter! THAT’S IT!
*The giveaway is open for two weeks and closes Friday June 25th 11:59 EST.
*Must enter via the link provided below
*Open to residents of US, UK, Australia, & Canada
(Even if you do not win the awesome giveaway, Smile Brilliant was kind enough to provide me with a discount code for you beauts! Save 20% off using my code: itsthelittlethingsinlifethatmatter20
Good Luck Beauts!
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