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Whiten Up: 6 Moves for Your Prettiest Smile Ever

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How to Whiten Your Teeth at the Dentist's Office

In-office bleaching could set you back $300 to $600, but the 16 to 25 percent peroxide can lighten your teeth six shades or more. Here's how to get the most out of spending the extra money:

  1. Get a professional cleaning first. Peroxide should immediately penetrate your teeth to lighten the color, not have to fight through layers of buildup. "Removing tartar before a whitening treatment will allow the active ingredients to work more efficiently," says Marc Liechtung, DMD, a cosmetic dentist at Manhattan Dental Arts in New York City.
  2. Try at-home trays. This gives you the option of whitening at home while still getting the benefits of professional peroxide levels (it just takes several weeks to achieve maximum results). "Trays can be especially effective because they're in contact with your teeth on a daily basis," explains Dr. Rosen.
  3. Or opt for a light treatment. Here's what pros are talking about right now: Discus Dental's Zoom! Advanced Power system, which combines a new whitening lamp with a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel to whiten teeth an average of eight shades after 45 minutes (visit for more information and locations). Sapphire Professional Whitening system (877-586-4633 for locations and dentists) uses a UV-free light and a desensitizing enhancer to decrease sensitivity.

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mtlovezu143 wrote:

Thank you for the advice! Always be careful on doing things on your own though, I actually ended up damaging my enamel by using peroxide and mixing it with baking soda which was suggested as a homemade remedy. I have tried it all! Luckily I got introduced to this product called Power Swabs. I highly recommend this product to all. And no I do not work for Power Swabs lol! Just giving a good review on a product that did great for me! :-)

4/14/2014 04:49:57 PM Report Abuse
nancyshevell1729 wrote:

Without any doctor's consultation, you can get pearly white teeth. Several at home treatment options to get white teeth are rubbing banana peels on your teeth for two minutes, apply mashed strawberries on your teeth, lemon juice, carrots that remove plaque from your teeth, and baking soda, which is the safest and strongest teeth whitener. If you don't get those pearly whites even after trying these natural techniques, then you should consult your family dentist.

12/7/2013 04:35:34 AM Report Abuse

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