Whitening Teeth – The Best Consumer Guide to Tooth Bleaching Tips

In the every growing world of cosmetic dentistry whitening teeth treatments have become extremely popular. Equally demanded around the world whitening (aka bleaching) methods come in a variety of forms and budget ranges.

Popular forms include professional in-office bleaching sessions at your cosmetic dentist or at home whitening kits that can be purchased over the counter.  In addition, there are even one hour options with brands like zoom and bright smile.

Even with whitening growing only a small percentage of people have tried it.

In general, whitening your teeth works!  But there are a variety of factors you have to consider in order to select the best method for your use.  Once you make a decision on a bleaching method you will see the true power of brightening your smile.

Bleaching versus Whitening

In the world of cosmetic dentistry, it is generally acceptable to use the term bleaching when a method is used to brighten the color from the natural pigment of the tooth.  Most bleaching solutions utilize a gel known as carbamide peroxide.

In contrast, if you whiten your teeth via toothpaste or other agents that simply remove and clean the surface of the tooth then it is consider whitening.  This could be via baking soda, toothpaste or other popular methods, but generally whitneing a bleaching are different in the world of cosmetic dentistry.

While the above differences exist, most people use the terms whitening and bleaching interchangeably.  This is especially true with respect to advertising and over the counter products.  Just be advised that there are differences and you should consider this as you research the options.

Whitening Teeth And Enamel

All teeth are composed of an outer coding which is called enamel.  The tooth enamel is the protection, but as you age your enamel becomes worn and broken down.  This breakdown can cause yellow discoloration sometimes known as dentin.  Dentin gets in the cracks of your enamel and this is the yellowness you see on your teeth as you age. 

Thanks to advancements with teeth bleaching, you can remove the yellowness that develops in the cracks of the enamel.  Even with over the counter products the best teeth whitening options can greatly improve your smile.

Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Tooth Discoloration

In the field of dentistry, stains are broken into two categories: Extrinsic and Intrinsic stains.  If you are whitening your teeth then you would prefer to have moderate extrinsic stains which are essentially stains caused by you.  These are common stains from coffee, wine, dark foods and wear on tooth enamel.  

On the other hand, intrinsic stains are a part of the interior of the teeth.  These stains are normally caused by outside agents like trauma to the tooth, drugs like tetracycline or too much fluoride when the permanent teeth were forming.  With advancements in teeth whitening, many times intrinsic stains can be removed but it takes much greater persistence and work with your cosmetic dentist.

Tooth Staining, Can It Be Prevented

Generally as you age tooth staining becomes more prevalent.  This is a result of wear on the teeth’s enamel and micro cracking in the tooth enamel.  Tooth staining can not be fully prevented, but there are definitely some items that affect the color or your teeth.  

Understanding these factors can help you prevent staining.

Dark Liquids and Food:  Liquids like soda, red wine, coffee, and tea are direct contributors to staining your teeth.  In addition, colored foods like carrots, oranges and blueberries can have a direct impact on your teeth’s color. 

Pharmaceutical Drugs:  You might think that all pharmaceutical drugs are 100% safe for your teeth.  However, drugs like tetracycline have shown to be very damaging to your teeth when they are forming.  Also, many youngsters can get damage to their teeth from too much fluoride during the development of permanent teeth.  

Smoking:  The nicotine in cigarettes is very harmful to teeth and will leave dark deposits that over time become intrinsic discoloring in the teeth.

Tooth Distress:  Tooth distress as a result of physical harm can cause cracking in the enamel that collect harmful discoloring agents from your food especially dark color foods.  

Myths About Whitening Teeth

The stronger the whitening gel the better:  While the concentration of carbamide peroxide in the whitening gel is important it is not always best to have the strongest gel.  It does take longer to whiten teeth with gel that has a lower percentage of carbamide peroxide, but these gels may not make your teeth as sensitive.

I can drink dark liquids while bleaching:  It is not recommended to drink coffee, soda, red wine and other dark liquids while whitening.  In fact, you should wait for a good period of time after whitening before you bring dark liquids back into your diet.  Also to help prevent tooth staining, it is always better to use a straw when drinking dark liquids.

My dental insurance covers teeth whitening:  Unfortunately most dental insurances do not cover the cost of whitening teeth.  Therefore, you will be out of pocket between $100 to $500 depending on the style of treatment you choose to utilize.

Searching For the Best Asterisk Predictive Dialer

As the head of a sales team, it was my responsibility to choose the best predictive dialer on the market. My team researched the Asterisk predictive dialer and other systems and presented me the research.

Initially our plan was to create an in-house call center. We were going to invest in the equipment and the software. After reviewing the research we quickly changed gears and focused on web-based systems. The initial research we received about web based systems focused on auto dialing. An auto dialer is not the proper solution for sales organizations. They are illegal to use unless you have a pre-existing relationship with the caller. This makes them effective for schools calling out to students, etc., but not for a sales organization.

Our company has clients in numerous industries including:
– mortgage industry
– sales industry
– banking and finance
– insurance
– professional services
– debt settlement

We wanted to find a system that was useful for our internal purposes as well as for our clients. After consulting with several experts in the industry and speaking to seasoned telemarketers we concluded the best system for us must have:
– predictive dialing
– call recording
– operator tracking
– VoIP technology
– web based operations
– customizable customer intake forms
– lead tracking, callback and scheduling

There were several systems on the market that we tested. Some had all of the functions but were either too complex to set up and operate or were too costly. Other systems had most of, but not all of the important features we were seeking.

Our research led us to an article that rated many of the systems that we also had tested and we agreed with the findings in the article. There were a couple of recommended systems that we had not yet tried. The one recommended by the article (and the one we consequently selected) was offered by Safe Soft Solutions. We found the system very easy to set up (in fact we had the free trial set up and running within 30 minutes) and our telemarketing staff liked the interface.

As you research these systems you should try several systems before selecting the final one. You definitely should add Safe Soft Solutions to your list. For more information on their system visit: http://www.safesoftsolutions.com

What Construction Material is the Best For a Hurricane Proof House?

If you are someone preparing to build a new house in a hurricane prone region, you may wonder what construction material is the best for a hurricane proof house? When we ask that question we are typically referring to the frame (skeleton) of the home. The decision of what material to use on the frame a home is important, and there are several factors that go into that decision. Those factors include material cost, performance, and ease of construction. For those of us living in a coastal area, the material performance is of particular importance, but the other factors must be examined as well. This article compares two construction materials to build a house in a hurricane prone area. The majority of people will assume that wood is the only choice for residential construction, but I would encourage you to at least weigh the benefits of a concrete or other solution.


When we speak of wood construction, we are referring primarily of conventional wood construction using dimensional lumber and plywood. The frame is built with studs, rafters and joists. Conventional wood construction is either done on site (stick built) or partially in a shop (prefabricated). Examples of prefabricated wood construction includes wood trusses or modular homes built in the shop and delivered to a job site. The modular home industry is growing, and is even marketing itself to the high end housing markets. Other methods of constructing with wood include heavy timber framing, and structural insulated panels.

The biggest benefit to wood construction is its relative cost. Houses can typically be built less expensively with wood than with other material options. This is the primary reason that wood construction is so prevalent. Wood has been around for years, and has proved itself to be a viable building material to withstand the weather. Like any building material, however, when not constructed or designed properly, wood has come up short in the face of Hurricanes. So, it is possible to build a house to withstand hurricane force winds, but some measures should be taken to ensure that it is designed and built properly. An employer once told me that the most important thing to look for when designing with wood was the connections. Connections are king when it comes to wood, so pay special attention to this area. Most building departments require that some engineering be done to ensure that the connections, and other critical items, be evaluated before a permit is issued for the house.


When it comes to performance, there are many benefits to building a house with concrete. Concrete is strong, resistant to fire, decay, termites, and mold. This material is truly sustainable, and that includes sustaining a hurricane. This of course, assumes that the material is designed and installed properly. Concrete construction can be built using either forms, or by using preformed units (aka masonry or blocks).

The most basic method of installing concrete is to build plywood forms, and then pour the concrete walls and floors, which rest on a concrete foundation. The steel reinforcing is placed within the formwork prior to pouring the concrete. Forming the concrete can be labor intensive, and hence cost prohibitive. Insulated Concrete Forms, or ICF are one solution that have been developed to make concrete a more viable option for residential construction. The forms consist of Styrofoam, which is lighter and easier to erect than the plywood forms. Concrete masonry units (CMU) construction, consists of preformed hollow blocks of concrete that are stacked in place, filled with steel reinforcement and then grouted on-site. CMU is also commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as cinder blocks. This method is a widely accepted method in Florida for hurricane proof construction due to its reasonable cost versus the strength that the material provides.

A slight deviation from CMU is AAC, which stands for Aerated Autoclaved Concrete. AAC is a lightweight aerated concrete that is also preformed in standard size blocks, that can be stacked in place, and then filled with steel reinforcement and grouted on-site. AAC is a building material that is relatively new in the US. AAC is gaining popularity because it is lightweight, energy efficient, and is relatively simple to cut and install. I have seen details from the suppliers showing threaded rod systems used inside the blocks, but I would not recommend this practice. Rebar designed to work with concrete should be used inside of the AAC units, and not threaded rods.

I believe that concrete, whether it be formed-in-place concrete or concrete masonry, has inherit strength benefits that will naturally resist hurricane force winds. In addition a concrete option will bring other benefits such as resistance to mold, fire, and termites, as well as energy efficiency. Any of these concrete options will likely be slightly more expensive than wood when evaluated based on initial cost. That being said, it should be noted that the cost over the life of the material, in addition to the up front cost should be considered. For example, a wood home typically costs more to insure than a concrete home. In addition, some states have tax deductions for using energy efficient materials such as AAC. Finally, you must place some value on the higher risk of a wooden home possibly not doing as well in a hurricane as a concrete home.

In making your decision of what material to use to build your hurricane proof home, you will likely compare cost, performance, and other factors. Do not merely assume that what everyone around you is doing will be sufficient for your home. Be aware that there are options to choose from, and it is important to consider which option is the best for your house and your preferences. Finally remember that price is important, but building a house improperly can cost you later.