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All professional grade teeth whitening products contain hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, which is the bleaching (or stain removing) agent. Hydrogen peroxide breaks down faster than carbamide peroxide, which means it releases most of its bleaching power within 30–60 minutes. Conversely, carbamide peroxide releases about 50% of its whitening power in the first two hours and can remain active for up to six additional hours....

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Teeth whitening trays ensure the gel adheres to your teeth for the duration of each whitening session. Without custom fitted teeth whitening trays it’s very difficult to not only keep the gel in contact with the tooth but even more difficult to bleach away the stains located in the crevices of the teeth as well as the gum lines and molars....

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There is no one size fits all answer to exactly how many gel syringes will be required to remove all stains. Variables that help determine the number of syringes needed are: stain type, age, frequency of applications, duration of each application, and the concentration of the peroxide in the teeth whitening gel....

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If you have an address we will ship it! For most countries delivery takes 6-10 business days however it is stated on USPS.com that First class international packages can take up to 30 business days to deliver. When your package ship you will receive an email containing your USPS tracking. Tracking is limited because USPS passes the parcel off to DHL or your local post office which is who will deliver the package to your door. The tracking number will update when it clears your countries local customs office and when it is delivered....

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Now that you have your teeth whitening trays you may be pondering questions such as: Should I brush my teeth prior to whitening? How much gel should I use? How do I clean my trays? Dietary restrictions? How do I use the desensitizing gel? You will find all of these answers and more here......

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Our products are not intended for use on children under 12 years of age, women that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or currently undergoing fertility treatments. Those currently being treated for a serious illness e.g. immune compromised, AIDS, etc., should consult a medical professional before beginning applications. When in doubt, it is always best to seek advice of a dentist for any further concerns. Whitening is not recommended for people who experience chronic sensitivity, uncontrolled periodontal disease, oral cancer, or excessively worn and damaged enamel. Teeth that appear translucent may worsen with each whitening application and should be discontinued upon notice. There is no solution for shade change of dental crowns, veneers and fillings other than replacement of the restoration. It is recommended that cavities be treated, and gums are healthy before any whitening procedure is considered....

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Choosing the appropriate whitening kit is a crucial step in the whitening process. It is important to understand a few key factors before purchasing a whitening system. Understanding the whitening process will help customize the appropriate whitening package for any given situation....

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Maintaining a proper diet is essential for good oral health because diet is the primary cause of tooth decay and erosion.1 Tooth decay is the result of unstable pH value. Consistently unstable oral pH levels are a sure indicator that the body's natural defense systems such as saliva production are not operating at a satisfactory capacity. In adequate saliva will result in acid erosion....

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Dental caries (cavity formation) is a transmissible, infectious, communicable disease.2 With a good oral health routine accompanied by a clean diet dental caries is completely preventable. Each time we consume a food or beverage the demineralization process takes place; however a healthy mouth will quickly offset the loss of minerals through remineralization. When a healthy balance becomes offset the caries process begins....

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In order to ensure you take the best possible dental impression it is strongly encouraged you read the instructions provided with your kit several times prior to taking the impressions. Of those dental impressions we receive from customers, roughly 1/29 are not satisfactory. Among the most common errors we see are: Too shallow, scrapping on the walls of the tray, and partially mixed material....

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The use of tooth whitening on children is not advised for several reasons. The mineral content of baby a baby tooth is considerably less than that of a permanent tooth, putting a child at a greater risk for demineralization. There is a higher risk of irreversible tooth damage caused by abuse and overexposure. Accidental consumption of whitening gel is also a concern in children....

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The cause of tooth stains is not always the result of colored foods and beverages. Special populations suffer from stains caused by medication, fluoride, tobacco, aging, or trauma to the tooth. Depending on the severity of the stain and its type these special populations may not benefit greatly from teeth whitening. They will of course benefit to some degree however prior to using tooth whitening it's important you have realistic expectations and consider consulting with your dentist prior to use....

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Teeth, including a single dark tooth generally darken in result of the absorption of key pigmented minerals, medications ingested during tooth formation, or trauma Surface staining is typically yellowish or yellow- brownish, and staining deeper within tooth structure appears more of a grey shade....

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Tooth remineralization of a carious lesion on tooth structure is possible only before cavitation occurs. This process is made possible by the availability of calcium and phosphate ions found in saliva. The concentration of salivary calcium varies with saliva flow and is not affected by dietary habits. The presence of fluoride in saliva is essential for the stability of tooth minerals, resistance of demineralization and reduction in acid production within plaque....

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Dental restorations are highly durable and designed to strengthen and protect tooth structure. Unlike natural teeth, a dental restoration does not have the capability to absorb whitening agents. Natural teeth have pores and irregularities that can harbor even the smallest amounts of debris and bacteria, while fillings and crowns have been glazed or polished and rounded to create a glassy smooth surface....

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White spots on teeth also known as tooth decalcification are a very common concern. The appearance of a chalky white spot on a tooth is the earliest sign of a carious lesion, indicating enamel decalcification. Enamel decalcification occurs when the remineralization process of a tooth is disrupted. This stage is visible before cavitation has occurred, and has the ability to be reversed by saliva induced remineralization....

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The average cost of veneers will vary depending on the difficulty of your individual case, the amount of veneers needed, and the city and state you are located in. Only your individual dentist can tell you what the final cost will be. Typically, veneers can cost on average $1000 per tooth. between $800 and $2,000 per tooth....

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Temporary gum irritation is among the risk factors of using professional teeth whitening. Soft tissue or gum irritation caused by teeth whitening gel is considered a chemical burn, very comparable to typical sunburn. When a chemical burn occurs, the area becomes mildly sore, turns white, and will eventually flake off. The tissue will return to normalcy within twenty-four hours....

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Still in search of a fathers day gift idea? Did you know that research suggests a white smile makes us look as much as 10 years younger! So after all of those stressful years of fatherhood why not gift him the illusion of youth? It's a great way to make up for accelerating the aging process ;-)...

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Before choosing a cosmetic teeth whitening procedure consider the following: If you're going in for a non-oral related surgery, do you know how it works? Do you know roughly what the surgeon will do, where he will cut or what she will remove? Regardless of the specifics, you'll have some idea of how the process works. If a surgeon suggested surgery and didn't tell you anything else, you would feel you have a right to know....

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In this article, we're going to go through a comprehensive review of teeth whitening gel along with some of the main competitors' price points, selling features and bad calls, many of which aren't written on the box....

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Teeth whitening products will NOT make your teeth white; they simply remove tough stains.... which brings us to the question "am I a candidate for teeth whitening? The true (natural) color of our teeth resides in the dentin which is the portion of the tooth below the enamel. The purpose of the enamel is to protect the dentin (which is soft) from extreme temperatures, abrasive movements such as brushing or grinding of teeth, and impact....

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Tetracycline's are a group of broad- spectrum antibiotics used to treat many common bacterial infections. Tetracycline can cause staining if taken anytime from the second trimester of pregnancy to 12 years of age by bonding with the calcium ions in the body. Calcium ions acquire during tooth development, and the stain becomes part of the tooth structure. Severity of stain greatly depends on the age of the individual and the period of the exposure to the drug...

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If you decide to spend the extra cash and head into your local dental office for professional teeth whitening, you should know what you're paying for...the outcome of your teeth whitening will be roughly the same if done at-home using custom fitting teeth whitening trays or in-office by a dental professional. One may take longer, one may be cheaper, one may require more upkeep, but the constant value in this equation is always the maximum whiteness your teeth can achieve....

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Knowing exactly how much laser teeth whitening costs is no easy task. Estimates peg it anywhere between $400 and $1,500, which is a pretty broad range. That's because it is purportedly the fastest teeth whitening procedure on the market, but not even that tells the full story. That initial laser session doesn't take into account two other costs: the cost of time and maintenance....

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How much does teeth whitening cost? It's hard to say. Teeth whitening can cost anywhere from $15 to $1,500, depending on what procedure you choose and where you buy from. Smart shoppers go straight to the source--retail prices can never compete against wholesalers in any market, and teeth whitening is just another one of those. In this case, dentists are the retailers, while companies that actually create the products are the wholesalers--companies like SmileBrilliant!, that actually produce the same trays that dentists sell at crazy mark-upped prices....

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When you see an ad for instant teeth whitening, you might notice that "INSTANT!" is capitalized, exclaimed, or otherwise shouted from the internet rooftops. "Whiten Your Teeth NOW! NO waiting at all!" Yeah, that? That's a bad sign. There are three things to look for when whitening your teeth: safety, speed and cost, and products are usually just two of the three. (That may be borrowed from car-buying manuals, but the rules apply.) If you want, for example, a custom-fitted whitening tray, it will be affordable and safe, but you'll likely need over two weeks to see results. Conversely, if you want something like LED-powered "laser bleaching", it may be speedier, possibly safe (depending on your dentist or teeth sensitivity), but definitely not cheap. And if some miracle product does exist that tackles all three at once, there's one more factor to consider: consistency. Your teeth may be whiter today, but what about tomorrow? And what are the side effects, anyway?...

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The degree of discomfort while whitening sensitive teeth is dependent on two variables: 1) saliva flow in the mouth and 2) the condition of the tooth’s enamel. Tooth sensitivity is the result of tooth dehydration. Whitening products can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. As the whitening gel undergoes its natural process from active to inactive, the tubules (pores) in the tooth are left open and exposed, resulting in tooth dehydration. When the tooth dehydrates the dentin (inner layer) shrinks inward applying pressure to the nerve which is what causes the discomfort. The tooth will remain sensitive until it rehydrates which will relieve the pressure....

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If you're considering bleaching your teeth, you'll probably want to head to your dentist first. Not only can your dentist offer and/or educate you on the variety of teeth bleaching options--like power bleaching or custom-fitted trays, along with lesser options such as whitening strips and whitening tooth paste--but you can also be personally advised as to whether you're a candidate for teeth whitening and what to expect as far as results go. Everyone's teeth are naturally colored differently: some are fortunate to have bright white teeth while others have an off white or in some cases yellow teeth. Teeth whitening will not alter the natural color, it will only remove the stains and restore the tooth to its natural shade of white....

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There are so many at-home teeth whitening products on the market that choosing one can be confusing at best, and impossible at worst. Should you go with what's cheapest? What's natural? What's fastest? Rarely is one product all three, and if it does claim to be, then you've got to be suspicious. Here we'll give a quick overview of each product, and review the pros and cons of each. At the end we'll give our suggestion, but ultimately, the choice is yours....

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Are you in the market for teeth whitening gel refills but have questions pertaining to where to find the best teeth whitening gel refills, average price, and how to determine the quality? Look no further because your answers lie within this article....

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GLO Teeth Whitening Vs. Professional Teeth Whitening Trays: Which is better? There's been a lot of talk recently about GLO teeth whitening. If you haven't heard, it's a $200 DIY teeth-whitening technology called Guided Light Optic (G.L.O.) that funnels the power of heat and a neon blue light in a form-fitted mouth tray. Purportedly, the intensity of the tray's light and heat prevents active oxygen from escaping the tooth's surface, and speeds up the whitening results while avoiding tooth sensitivity. The product won a silver medal for Consumer Packaged Goods in the 2012 Edison Awards [Edison, 2012], and has been touted by Sephora and TV doctors as the next big hit in global tooth whitening....

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Laser teeth whitening vs. professional teeth whitening trays--which is best? Next time you spot an ad pushing laser tooth whitening, take a closer look. What's being promised there? Pearly white teeth within an hour? Impossibly white incisors? Laser whitening treatment is the latest modern dentistry fad, and it's working. The marketing offers customers whiter teeth in a shorter period of time than any other whitening solution out there. It's safe and fast. It might cost a bit more, but you'll never have to worry again....

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Ask any dentist: smoking leads to not only tobacco and nicotine stains on our teeth but it also leads to gum disease, yellowed teeth and oral cancer. There are all sorts of chemicals in cigarettes, including tobacco, nicotine and tar, that mess with your gum tissue cells and ruin your mouth, weakening it in the face of periodontal diseases and infections. This is true of cigarettes, pipes, chewing tobacco and cigars--to varying degrees, all will cause bad breath, crippled teeth and ugly brownish-yellowish stains. Today we're going to focus on the last of those. Even after you quit smoking, you might feel safer and healthier than before, but the tobacco stains on your teeth will give away your past addiction....

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Dental fluorosis, also termed mottling of the tooth enamel is caused by excessive exposure to fluoride. People are most susceptible to dental fluorosis between birth and age 14 which is the developmental phases of the permanent teeth. Fluorosis can occur at any age however the tolerance does not peek until age 14 when the permanent teeth have fully developed. Severe cases of dental fluorosis will affect the entire tooth with brown discoloration and countless waves or streaks of an off white tone. Milder cases of fluorosis are the most common and less noticeable but have the same appearance as the severe cases, only to a lesser degree....

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Tooth Whitening is generally safe and effective if used properly; however like everything consumable there are risks. Risks associated with tooth whitening procedures include tooth sensitivity, soft tissue (gum, lips, and tongue) irritation, irreversible tooth damage, negative effect on tooth restoration, demineralization, systemic effects caused by ingestion of the whitening gel. All of the risks mentioned can be prevented with proper usage and post-whitening treatment....

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When researching the cost of teeth whitening the consumer must also consider what their expectations are to avoid disappointment and to determine which whitening kit is a good fit. The 4 most popular teeth whitening procedures are: in-office power bleaching, custom fitted teeth whitening trays, and teeth whitening strips. All of the above work but they are not all ideal for everyone's budget or expectations....

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Even though there are at least a dozen causes of tooth sensitivity, there's really only one thing going on: the inside of your tooth is getting exposed to the harshness of the outside world. Our teeth are mostly made up of dentin, which itself is filled with little tubules rife with sensitive nerve endings. Normally, these tubules in the dentin are blocked off by enamel, a protective layer on the outside of every tooth. Dentin hypersensitivity kicks in when we grind away, decay or flat-out crack our enamel, exposing our teeth's delicate insides....

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Research on the effects of teeth whitening agents on the enamel is scarce but suggest that teeth whitening may not hurt the enamel of a tooth. Dr. Van Hayworth, an industry expert who routinely publishes research papers on the subject of teeth whitening believes teeth whitening has NO effect on the tooth's enamel. Information is based on the conclusive research published by a doctor not named in this particular source....

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Teeth bleaching gel contains an ingredient that opens the pores in the tooth which allow the active bleaching agent to seep through pores in the enamel into the dentin of the tooth. The oxygen molecules from the bleaching agent contacts the discolored molecules latched to the tooth causing them to break away exposing the natural color of the tooth. Repeat applications are required before all stains have been removed....

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Our precision lab-processed trays are hand-made for precise fit and designed to last. These trays are identical to those produced by dentists around the world. Dentists charge more than $400 for a set of custom-fitted trays because they work and last for years. Custom bleaching trays work to hold the bleaching gel to the surface of the tooth throughout the time it takes to produce dramatic results! That's why they're the #1 choice for cosmetic dentists worldwide....

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use the gel sparingly and only apply it to the portion of the whitening tray that comes in contact with the front surface of your teeth. If you look at the image below you will see I applied gel to the teeth whitening tray and the gel is highlighted in blue to ensure you can see it. The gel is 22% carbamide peroxide and has a sticky formula which means it holds to the tray with minimal slippage (running)....

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Perhaps professional grade tooth whitening is not in the budget at the moment. While it is ideal you use professionally created custom teeth whitening/bleaching trays you can opt for a more affordable option that will take a shade of yellow away. Due to their acidic content, strawberries in replacement of carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel can effectively whiten your teeth....

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Do to the overwhelming number of foreign inquiries asking if Smile Brilliant ships internationally we have a minor but perceived to be valued improvement to Smilebrilliant.com. We have now clearly marked on all product page (custom teeth whitening tray creation kit, LED teeth whitening kit, teeth whitening gel, teeth bleaching pen) that "We ship internationally."...

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According to Dr. Frey of FreySmiles Oral Health NetworkSugary, snacks (fruits included) combined with the bacteria in your mouth team up to create an overwhelming amount of acid, far more than saliva can handle. Typically oral pH is out of whack for about 30 minutes before the saliva washes the acids away, however according Frey, acidic buildup on or around areas of the tooth with plaque buildup can take several hours before the pH reaches equilibrium....

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On a daily basis we will get an email or live chat inquiry about international shipments asking various questions such as does smile brilliant ship internationally, which countries, and what are the cost? The international shipping charge for the custom bleaching trays is $29.95. Keep in mind this includes 2 way shipping. We ship the initial kit which cost around $20-$30 depending on the country and then when you return your impressions to us we must ship your completed teeth whitening trays back too you which cost approximately another $10. In some cases we actually lose money on the shipping....

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On occasion a parent or teenager will ask us at what age is it okay for teens to whiten their teeth. Dr. Weller explains in a segment on WGN what must be considered before bleaching the teeth of teens and youth, he also explains the risk associated with it....

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With at home teeth whitening at a fraction of the price of in-office people are still looking to cut the cost by exploring at home teeth whitening remedies. While at home remedies do work, expect no more than 1-2 shades difference; and be prepared for the unwanted risk associated with these remedies....

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The application of teeth bleaching products to remove unwanted stains dates back to 1989 when Dr. Van B Haywood sought to satisfy his patients demand for a white smile. Dr. Haywood combined carbamide peroxide and with a gel such as that commonly used today. He then lined it in patients night guards, had them wear it as they sleep for 10-14 days....

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Having never taken a dental impression can be a bit overwhelming considering you are only allotted a certain amount of time before the material hardens. Rest assured its really quite simple; however I will highlight the most common errors and how to avoid them when taking your dental impression at home. By avoiding these mistakes you can assure your custom fitted teeth whitening trays will fit with precision....

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Dentin is a calcified (calcium carbonate or some other insoluble calcium compounds) bodily tissue that is protected by the tooth's enamel. 70% of dentin is composed of the mineral hydroxylapatite, 20% is organic material and 10% is water. Everyone's dentin is shade of yellow but the intensity varies per person which is why after teeth whitening treatments some never achieve the desired level of whiteness....

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If your hopes are to turn a yellow smile white and bright with teeth whitening tooth paste be prepared for disappointment because you should expect to see no more than 1 shade lighter. However if you already have a white smile and would simply like to maintain it you should be satisfied with the results....

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Back in the spring of 2011 the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry administered a survey to its members asking for accurate data on various survey questions relating to cosmetic teeth whitening, some of which are relative to at home teeth whitening systems. Given smilebrillaint.com's focus is on all things teeth whitening I figured this information is worthy of sharing....

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Whitening of teeth is known to cause tooth sensitivity. This sensitivity is often a sign of one of the below oral/dental problems.Abrasive Brushing will over time expose dentine by wearing down the tooth enamel as well as cause the gums to recede thus exposing more of the tooth's dentin. Dentin is soft and easily damaged which explains the tooth's sensitivity...

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The LED teeth whitening light will not make your teeth whiter however it will accelerate the teeth whitening gel, thus causing it to react quicker when breaking down tough to fight stains. If you do not have custom fitted bleaching trays that are created using an exact mold of your teeth then you would benefit from using an LED tooth whitening light during treatment's to reduce the time of having the gel exposed in your mouth....

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Given "53% of singles find a great smile the most attractive feature" it seems appropriate to invest in custom fitted teeth whitening trays....According to grabstats.com 40 million Americans use online dating services as a means of connecting with a potential mate which equates to about 40% of the single adult population. Those profiles with photos receive more than twice as many responses to their emails....

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A smile never lies and speaks louder than words without making an decibel of noise. More often than not a smile is anything other than joy. When faced with an internal discrepancy in the presence of others we may smile in order to deceive as a means of off-setting the public's perception of your true thoughts. For example if you're at work and your boss expresses a form of dissatisfaction in your performance you may defend yourself or reassure him/her that the occurrence was a fluke; and you will re-establish order with a smile of reassurance with the intent of exuding confidence....

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On occasion a customer will have one tooth that does not whiten and there are only a few possible explanations for this which are trauma, dental work, and damaged tooth enamel. Blunt trauma can cause the veins and arteries located in the pulp of the tooth to rupture causing bleeding into the surrounding hard tooth tissue, thus creating a brown/gray stain....

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The majority of smilebrillint.com customers who purchase our at home custom teeth whitening trays take good impressions; however it can be a bit overwhelming considering most have never performed this task. As a means of assisting you with your custom whitening tray creation I will provide a few tips on taking your own dental impressions....

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Dentist's, dental associations, and hygienist are constantly up in arms about the availability of over the counter teeth whitening. Their argument is that only a dentist should be able to offer and supply teeth whitening products due to safety concerns. Common concerns expressed by dentist are that not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening which is true; however not everyone is a candidate for aspirin or Sudafed either which is why manufacturers include a warning label on all packaging highlighting who should not consume the product. Imagine if every time we had a stuffy nose or headache we were forced to pay $200 to see a doctor and receive a prescription for Sudafed or Aspirin....

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Dentin cannot be whitened however the stains on the tooth's enamel can be stain free. With that being said teeth whitening will ONLY restore your teeth to their natural color, whether it be white or an off white yellow or brown....

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Cosmetically conscious generations continue to demand teeth whitening at a rate that grows year after year since the early 2000's. This growing demand has created more opportunities for at home teeth whitening companies to offer affordable teeth whitening to people of all incomes. If it were not for the inconvenience of a dental visit accompanied by a price tag ranging from $300-$1,000+ everyone would visit the dentist for an instant 8 shades whiter smile; however the average consumer's budget will not allow it....

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On occasion a person will have one tooth that is discolored from the other teeth. This is often noticed after teeth whitening treatments when all other teeth have whitened with exception to this one, or several discolored teeth. So why is it this one tooth remains discolored in comparison to the rest? There's a variety of reasons for this unfortunate circumstance. Let's begin by asking 3 questions. If you answer yes to any of these we have likely found a solution:...

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Whitening Teeth with baking soda is known to be one of the easiest and most convenient teeth whitening home remedies; however it will only whiten teeth by 1-2 shades. There are a number of methods that can be used to whiten teeth with baking soda. Some methods suggest adding lemon juice to the baking soda while others recommend salt and vinegar or different combinations of the three....

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This is the 1st edition of Smile Brilliants Dental Care News. In today's headlines we a 3 interesting stories ranging from dental care Medicaid scams, Bright Smile Foundations charitable program extends to Butler County, and South Dakota is in desperate need of dental care and at home teeth whitening systems because they received a grade "D' for oral health care....

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Tooth enamel is mostly composed of hydroxyapatite (a naturally occurring mineral form of calcium apatite) and is one of four layers that a tooth is composed of...Its color varies from light yellow to grayish white and it covers the surface of a tooth....

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