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Does teeth whitening with charcoal actually work? “The results of this literature review showed insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substantiate the safety and efficacy claims of charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices. Larger-scale and well-designed studies are needed to establish conclusive evidence…Dental clinicians should advise their patients to be cautious when using charcoal and charcoal-based dentifrices…

Carbamide peroxide & hydrogen peroxide 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…

Whitening trays with peroxide bleaching agent 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…

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. The most common…

If you have an address we will ship it! For most countries delivery takes 6-10 business days; however, USPS First Class International packages can take up to 30 business days to deliver. When your package ships you will receive an email containing your USPS tracking number. Realtime tracking may be limited based on your domestic…

Enhancing your whitening experience Do I need to brush and floss? It is best to brush with water only and floss before each whitening application. If there is debris on the tooth surface, the whitening will need to penetrate the debris to begin removing the stain. Without proper oral hygiene preparation, results could take twice…

Pregnant/ Breast Feeding Our products are not intended for use on women that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or currently undergoing fertility treatments. Tooth whitening is a cosmetic concern; currently there are no tests on the effects of the ingredients. Excessive dental work on front teeth Dental restorations are highly durable and designed to strengthen and protect…

Does the whitening work? Whitening is a chemistry proven to work, each having guidelines specified to the product itself. Just like anything else, if the directions are not followed, the product cannot be expected to produce results. The most efficient whitening method includes custom fitted whitening trays, designed to keep the oxygen from escaping, increasing…

A cavity is a hole that forms when the hard outer layers of the tooth are broken down by acid. (1) Dental caries 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…

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 Scraping on…

Risk of using teeth whitening below the minimum age 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…

Treatements vary for certain types of tooth stains 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…

What causes a single tooth to become dark? 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. Food & Medication…

Tooth remineralization occurs with the flow of saliva Saliva is critical for preserving and maintaining the health of all oral tissues through tooth remineralization. When food particles are left in the mouth, bacterial cells form. Saliva constantly circulates in the mouth removing any debris present and enabling the colonization of existing bacteria. As the bacteria…

Each of the 7 listed ingredients in Smile Brilliant’s tooth desensitizing gel serves a unique puropose ranging from controling distribution to remineralizing the dehydrated tooth. Glycerin Thickens and controls the flow of the substance from overextending to the gum tissues. Potassium nitrate Acts directly on intra-dental nerves, causing depolarization, thus preventing pain transmission. Sodium Fluoride…

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…

What are veneers? Veneers are a very appealing and prevalent way to improve your smile. They are thin pieces of tooth colored material used to refabricate a natural look, and provide resilience and strength of tooth enamel. Veneers are discretely sculpted for each patient, and nearly impossible to differentiate from a natural tooth. Veneers can…

People are on occasion cosmetically inclined to purchase veneers administered by a dentist. Veneers are considered desirable when a tooth’s surface is damaged or the dentine (surface below enamel) is a shade other than white making it impossible to achieve a white smile. Veneers are either composed of composite or porcelain. Average Cost of Dental…

Everyone experiences gum irritation from teeth whitening to some degree Whitening your teeth will not cause any permanent damage to your gums; however 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 a…

Fathers Day Gift Idea 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…

Cosmetic Teeth Whitening 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…

Teeth Whitening Gel Reviews: How to determine which brand(s)to trust? With so many teeth whitening gels on the market, it can be overwhelming to try and sift out the good products from the bad. Carbamide or hydrogen peroxide? Ten percent or 35? How many milliliters is a good deal? What if they expire? In this…

Who’s considered a candidate for teeth whitening? Almost anyone who uses a tooth whitening agent will benefit at some level. Tooth whitening is the least aggressive procedure to a better, more esthetically pleasing smile. Whitening lightens the shade of the tooth and improves the overall appearance without the use of restorative materials. Almost anyone can…

Overview and cause of tetracycline stains Tetracyclines 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…

Laser Teeth Whitening Cost Laser whitening is in right now. It’s chic. How can you tell? Because people will pay through the roof for it. 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…

Understanding Instant Teeth Whitening 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…

Tooth sensitivity affects the majority of those who whiten their teeth to some degree; for most it’s mild, but for others it can be more intense. 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…

Teeth Bleaching at the Dentist: How Does it Work? 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…

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…

If you’ve bought a whitening tray, you’ve made a long-term investment–your mouth won’t outgrow your custom-fitted mold anytime soon, and your gels, if stored properly, could last for years. But sometimes customers buy custom-fitted trays and gels, use them a few times, only to fall out of the habit and let their gels expire. Or…

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…

What makes for the best teeth whitening results? If you have shopped online for teeth whitening gel, you already know there are so many options. Different brands, different whitening gel concentrations, and a wide range of prices. But what makes the best teeth whitening gel? Which gel will get you results and which is nothing…

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…

What is Dental Fluorosis? Dental fluorosis or brown tooth staining is a tooth defect indicated by an increase in porosity of the enamel. This mineralization defect occurs on the tooth surface, also known as hypomineralization. Hypomineralization is a result of excessive fluoride ion exposure during the developmental stage; critical ages are one through four years…

Tooth Whitening Risks/Safety Overview Safety risks associated with tooth whitening procedures include tooth sensitivity, soft tissue (gum, lips, and tongue) irritation, secondary decay, 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. The ingredients of…

Check out these results! Alicia from greatmomadventure.com recently featured Smile Brilliant’s LED Teeth whitening system as a review on her personal blog Great Mum Adventure. Needless to say after looking at her before and after photos that her whitening results were amazing! “I always wanted to whiten my teeth, but the dentist is very expensive…

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…

It’s no secret: toothaches are the leading reason we visit the dentist. Our teeth are fighting huge battles for us with every bite we take of sugars, acids and starches. But a little awareness goes a long way in helping the healing process before it’s even needed. Why are my teeth sensitive? Even though there…

The MOST common side effect of teeth whitening is tooth sensitivity. The vast majority will experience it to some degree, but for most, tooth sensitivity is mild and not considered an issue. A select few describe their tooth sensitivity as “excruciating” and are unable to continue with their teeth whitening treatments. If you are among…

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…

Tooth Whitening Overview When someone says “I tried that product and I saw absolutely no shade change. It didn’t work!” in most cases (no matter the brand) it’s not that the whitening (bleaching) agent didn’t work. It’s more likely a combination of a less than satisfactory device to hold the whitening agent to the tooth…

Roughly 8 months ago a woman named Leelee reached out to us via our contact form offering to review our product and share it with her audience on youtube. She seemed to have a loyal audience so we happily sent her a set of our teeth whitening trays + carbamide peroxide whitening gel. Roughly 2…

Step 1: Receive your kit within 1-3 business days Within 1-3 business days you will receive your smile brilliant custom teeth whitening tray creation kit in the mail via USPS priority shipping (6-10 days for international orders). Kits come equipped with: 3 sets of impression material (catalyst and base paste) 2 dental impression trays 3…

About Smile Brilliant Smile Brilliant is a dental lab in St. Louis, MO dedicated to making professional teeth whitening affordable for the majority. Dentist will charge $350-$1,000 (in some cities $1,000+) for custom teeth whitening trays; however at Smilebrilliant.com they retail at $89.95. When you visit the dentist for custom teeth whitening trays the assistant…

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…

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.”…

On a weekly basis Smile Brilliant receives inquiries asking if the Invisalign can be used as a tooth bleaching/whitening tray. It’s a good question considering they look like teeth whitening trays and form to your teeth with precision; however they are not ideal for teeth whitening. The Invisalign is designed to merge/straighten your teeth which…

Acidic foods are known culprits of offsetting our oral pH leaving it far from balanced. Go figure, you eat your fruits as you should and like everything else there’s a negative. Dr. Scott Frey has put together a simple at home solution for rebalancing your oral pH! According to Dr. Frey of FreySmiles Oral Health…

Post teeth bleaching tooth sensitivity gradually escalates. For some its mild and for others it”s as inconvenient as a migraine headache. So why are some prone to extreme tooth sensitivity while others aren’t phased? Tooth enamel rest on the surface of dentin. Enamel is a clear and hard coating present to protect the dentin from…

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? Yes, Smile Brilliant does ship internationally and to my knowledge we ship to all countries (however there’s a chance we may exclude…

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. Dr. Weller explains that the risk…

In recent years the teeth whitening industry has shifted away from a monopoly once held by licensed dentist with most methods now available in both on and offline retail stores. Even with comparable at home teeth whitening systems competing with in-office teeth whitening at a fraction of the price people are still looking to cut…

We couldn’t be happier with LeeLee’s Smile Brilliant Youtube Review of our custom teeth bleaching trays and 22% carbamide peroxide bleaching gel! Check out those before and after photos! Thanks LeeLee and Richie!  

Tooth bleaching: The past 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…

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 it’s really quite simple; however I will highlight the most common errors and how to avoid them when taking your dental impressions at home. By avoiding these mistakes you…

The tooth is a product of 4 components: enamel, cementum, pulp, and dentin. Enamel is the surface of the tooth which is clear or transparent and designed to protect the tooth from extreme temperatures and abrasions. Cenmentum is essentially the root of the tooth and pulp is the connective tissue which brings the tooth to…

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.…

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…

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 dentin by wearing down the tooth’s enamel as well as cause the gums to recede thus exposing more of the tooth’s dentin. Dentin is soft and easily…

What to know about at-home LED teeth whitening kits DISCLAIMER: Smile Brilliant understands the function of blue LED lights because we used to sell them! We have since discontinued the sale of such products as our team (and 3rd party research) concluded that the light has little/no impact on the whitening of teeth. WHAT DO…

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…

On occasion a customer will have one tooth that does not whiten and there are only a few possible explanations for this: Trauma Dental work Damaged 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…

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.…

Mother’s day is about making mom smile so why not make that smile brighter, whiter, and younger with Smilebrilliant.com professional teeth whitening? Did you know that on average a white smile makes us look 10-12 years younger according to a national study administered by the ADA? From now until May 12 you can purchase smilebrilliant.com…

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…

Each of the 5 listed ingredients in Smile Brilliant’s tooth whitening gel serves a unique purpose ranging from controlling distribution, delivery, bleaching, and flavoring. Glycerin Thickens and controls the flow of the substance from overextending to the gum tissues. Carbamide Peroxide Oxidizing agent that penetrates the enamel to break down the stain deposits Carbomer Used…

Teeth are comprised of enamel and dentin. Tooth enamel is a clear/transparent coating that protects the dentin from extreme temperatures and impact. The color of dentin varies per person; some have very white dentin while others have an off white yellow or brown color. Dentin cannot be whitened however the stains on the tooth’s enamel…

Did you know that a white smile can make you look up to 15 years younger than you are? Because your modeling profession is dependent on a youthful look smilebrilliant.com wants to extend their services at a discount to models! Here’s how it works: Get a group of 5+ models (or friends) together who want…

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 teeth. So why is it this one tooth remains discolored in while the others do not? There’s a variety…

How to whiten teeth whitening baking soda Many people look to home remedies to make their teeth brighter, such as whitening teeth with baking soda. Baking soda functions as a teeth whitener in two ways. Because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on teeth and the alkaline powder in baking soda can…

Teeth color is sensitive to stains and bacteria. Drinks often found at home such as soda and some juices contain high amounts of acid, sugar and intensely pigmented molecules will not whiten teeth but in fact darken them. Bacteria inside the mouth convert sugars into acids that stick to the teeth, corroding teeth enamel and…

Most Common Uses of Carbamide peroxide Carbamide peroxide is a white crystalline solid compound similar to hydrogen peroxide. When dissolved with water it gives out hydrogen peroxide. It’s relatively inexpensive and hundreds of tons are produced annually. Due to its bleaching and disinfecting qualities, Carbamide peroxide is widely used by pharmaceutical companies. It is mainly…

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…

Teeth whitening treatments gained popularity in the early 1990’s. Initially, these peroxide based, custom bleaching tray whitening treatments were only available at dental offices. In years to follow, teeth whitening accelerated greatly in popularity and treatments became available in all forms ranging from do-it-yourself at-home whitening treatments to off the shelf treatments in stores. These…

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. The remaining three layers are dentin, cementum, and dental pulp. Due to its high mineral density, enamel is the hardest part of the human body. Its color varies…

Foods that are good for teeth are generally high in minerals such as calcium, phosphate and fluoride. These minerals are redeposited into the tooth enamel thus repairing the parts of enamel that has eroded over time. Enamel loss initially occurs because of the way saliva breaks down sugary and acidic foods beginning the moment they…