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Smilox Whitening Systems: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Smilox Custom Fit Whitening System?
Smilox Custom Fit Whitening System is an "in office self bleaching" that is the same product dispensed in every dental office in the United States. Our product is designed and fabricated using the same technique used by dentists. There are many bleaching systems available, however, we have found the use of trays yields the best results.

Why are Smilox systems the most precise method for bleaching teeth?
Our fabricating process (creating the bleaching trays) is the exact procedure used in a dental lab. We send right to your home the same impression material used in dental practices. You take the impressions by following our easy step-by-step instructions. Then just send the impressions back to us in the post-paid box. In a few weeks you will receive the dental office bleaching trays custom designed to your mouth. Store-bought systems do not have trays that adapt exactly to the shape of your teeth, thus not effectively reaching every aspect of your tooth.

What causes tooth discoloration?
Causes include smoking, coffee, tea, soda, trauma, old fillings, and staining. Aging may even contribute towards the darkening of your teeth.

How does the bleaching process work?
The whitening material allows oxygen to enter the dentin and enamel of your teeth, thus bleaching the discolored areas.

Is the whitening process harmful to my teeth?
To date there has been no evidence showing that teeth whitening is harmful to your teeth. Carbamide peroxide is a common ingredient used in many whitening products - including most items available at your local pharmacy. Whitening does it change your tooth's basic structure nor does it alter your tooth enamel.

How long does the whitening last?
If staining substances, such as caffeine or tobacco products, caused your discoloration, then periodic re-whitening may be desired every 6-18 months. However, teeth will always be lighter than they were, and if good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist are present, this can last for years.

Are there any side effects to teeth whitening?
The main side effect of bleaching is possible tooth sensitivity while using the product, especially to very cold food or drink. This sensitivity should disappear after a few days of discontinuing treatment.

Is whitening a substitute for regular dental treatment?
NO! This product is not intended to be a substitute for prevention of dental problems and any dental disease. You should always schedule regular visits with your dentist, and you should check with your dentist and physician before using this product.

What is the difference between home bleaching products and in-office treatments?
Besides costing a fraction of in-office laser treatments, there really aren't many differences. Bleaching trays are most always given to laser patients as a method for maintaining their whitening after treatment. These bleaching trays are made exactly the same way that trays are made in a dentist's office. The difference is the fact that you can bleach your teeth at home for a fraction of the in-office price.

Does bleaching work on tartar build-up?
No. This procedure only whitens stained teeth due to coffee, tea, smoke, or aging. Whitening does not remove tartar build-up.

Why should I purchase extra impression material?
An extra set of impression material is recommended for those who purchase full bleaching kits with custom trays. Flawed impressions are a rare occurrence, but why take the chance? If you take flawed impressions, simply break out the extra set of material and do it again! It couldn't be easier! This is a great way to ensure that you get the correct impressions every time!