Written by Aaron & April Jacob
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We have a new teeth whitening ritual, the two of us.
Because we are super romantic like that.
Honestly though, it is little rituals like these (things you would seriously ONLY do with your best friend) that make marriage what it is, right? The beauty and magic of ordinary moments, the shared time and space, and the chance to just DO life together...these are the things that make marriage beautiful, meaningful, and super fun.
Taking Care of Yourself
In the past, we have received questions about the importance of taking care of your physical appearance in marriage.
While we definitely want to emphasize that physical appearance isn't everything, it's so, so, so important to take care of yourself - physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc - in order to be your best self for you, and for your spouse.
One simple way to take care of your physical appearance is to whiten your teeth.
No matter the current color of your teeth, whiter teeth make for a brighter, more beautiful smile. And who doesn't want that?
Giveway for Two
We've teamed up with an incredible company - Smile Brilliant - to offer you a pretty sweet giveaway, the chance to win two free whitening kits for you and your spouse. You know you want to win.
To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is click here and enter your name and email.**
Do it. And two free whitening kits could possibly be yours. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Meet Smile Brilliant - at home teeth whitening that is simple, easy, and affordable. When Smile Brilliant reached out to us, we were totally game for reviewing their product because we like white teeth, we love affordable, and we love that you never have to leave your home! Plus, we really support things we can do together as husband and wife.
To learn more about Smile Brilliant and how it works (and how easy it is), watch this short clip below.
Our Teeth Whitening Ritual
We believe in rituals - intentional activities that bring couples together.
Teeth whitening has become a ritual for the two of us, and we think it would make a fun ritual for you and your spouse, too.
When we first received our impression kits in the mail, it was so easy to follow the instructions and make the molds of our teeth. We laughed as we stood side-by-side (trying not to gag ourselves) looking in the mirror, and timing ourselves as we held the impression trays in our mouths.
After sending in our impressions, we received our whitening trays within a week (all postage is paid for by Smile Brilliant).
Once we had our kits, we created our evening ritual and began the wildly romantic (and sometimes gross) process of whitening our teeth together.
The trays were comfortable and snug, and the fit was great. We usually wore our trays for 30-60 minutes, 4-7 days a week. We did this for about five weeks. (Smile Brilliant recommends 1-3 hours a day, but for us, that just wasn't super feasible, and April has sensitive teeth, so longer didn't work for her! We definitely think our results would have been even more dramatic if we kept the trays in longer each night.)
We started to refer to this ritual by calling it "putting in our teeth every night." If one of us "put in their teeth" before the other, it was a wild race to join in and catch up. It also seemed to become a small contest of sorts to see who kept their trays in longer. Aaron always won.
That's because, for Aaron, wearing the trays was a breeze. For April, it was a bit more dramatic (and gross) because she felt like she had to spit all the time (because she didn't want to swallow a single particle of gel/saliva). However, it wasn't the end of the world, and April would just take a few trips to the sink during that hour to spit (TMI). Just keeping it real for you, in case you don't love having things in your mouth, either, but want whiter teeth!
These kinds of experiences are sooooo good for a marriage.
Now, our teeth would become a bit sensitive after whitening, so we would simply use the desensitizing gel that came with the kit, and that always helped a ton. We didn't have to use it every night, only when we felt some sensitivity and wanted some relief. We probably only used the desensitizing gel 4-5 times during the five-week period.
We aren't done using our kits, and we have enough gel to last us quite awhile, but we are so, so, so pleasantly surprised with how easy, comfortable, and simple the whitening process was. We're definitely going to keep using our whitening trays, and we're excited to have a simple way to keep our teeth looking whiter and brighter for years to come. Yep, our new teeth whitening ritual is a keeper.
We are super pleased with how white our teeth look. Even our dentist noticed and commented on how white our teeth look. Score.
These before and after pictures were taken on our iPhone's with absolutely no editing or filters. While the lighting isn't perfect, and April agrees that her make-up is a little more fresh in the after picture, our teeth are definitely whiter. And we love them.
April's teeth were already pretty white, but the kit has definitely improved and maintained the color of her teeth. Aaron noticed a major difference in the brightness of his smile, and April has been commenting all month on his shiny, white smile. Cheesy, but so true.
Now, not only did we come away with whiter (and more kissable) smiles, but we intentionally spent 30-60 minutes together almost every evening. Our teeth whitening ritual was an incredibly easy way to take care of ourselves and our marriage. Win, win.
We know you want a romantic teeth whitening ritual, too. So enter now and you could win not just 1, but 2 of the kits below! All you have to do to enter is go here and enter your name and email address. So simple. And you never know, it might just be your lucky day.
If you want to see more before/afters from people using Smile Brilliant, click here (there are some awesome results) or watch the movie below.
Win 2 free teeth whitening kits by clicking here!!!
Also, you can use the coupon code: nurturingmarriage at checkout to get 5% off any purchases from Smile Brilliant. Pretty sweet. (This coupon code will expire on January 15th, 2017)
**Giveaway ends on December 30th, 2016.
Photo Credit: Aaron & April Jacob and Smile Brilliant
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