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I'm too young for whitening, any suggestions?

46 is not too young.: If the person you are asking about is you and your age is 46, there is no reason (age-wise) that you cannot whiten. ...Read more

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Skin whitening secrets?

Skin whitening secrets?

All natural: Some believe that an ingredient called "hydroquinone" is the only thing that really works well, but other feel that there is a side effect risk that could make it unsafe. There are natural products available to fade dark skin, with no risk. I offer one called "brighten" at balshimd.Com. ...Read more

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Do whitening strips expire?

Do whitening strips expire?

Yes: The expiration date should be listed on the package. Using it after the expiration can't hurt the teeth or gums, it merely will not be (as) effective. ...Read more

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How does skin whitening work?

How does skin whitening work?

Melanin: Melanin is the pigment which gives skin its color. Melanin produced in discreet areas results in darker spots in those areas. Skin lightening agents, such as hydroquinone, work to block production of melanin so that the skin gradually loses its pigment and lightens over a period of time while hydroquinone is used. ...Read more

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Do whitening strips actually work?

Whitening strips: Yes they actually work. The over the counter type are a little suspect but those that you can obtain from your dentist are much more effective. ...Read more

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Are whitening strips ok if expired?

Less potent: You can still use expired whitening products... Still follow instructions, just not as potent or effective. ...Read more

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What are good whitening toothpastes?

What are good whitening toothpastes?

No: Most whitening tooth pastes do not contain enough whitening materials to really make a significant difference. They equate cleaning of your teeth to make them "whiter". ...Read more

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Are whitening strips really worth it?

Yes and no: In order for whitening strips to work you need to apply them for many days however some patient become sensitive and they would have to stop. ...Read more

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How well will in office whitening work?

How well will in office whitening work?

Depends on color: Generally in office treatment works best for whitening teeth, however the original color of the teeth is a factor. Yellow and brownish teeth whiten the easiest. Blue and grey shades or tetracycline stains are harder to whiten but still can be done. ...Read more