Brusha, Brusha, Brusha
Prevention is key! Ward off stains by brushing after each meal or cuppa joe.
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Strawberries and lemons are natural teeth whiteners.
For slightly stained smiles, at-home teeth-whitening kits can work magic. Within one to two weeks, over-the-counter products can enhance your tooth color by up to two shades.
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Sweep bronzer over your face. Darker, sun-kissed skin will make white teeth pop, says Kawahara.
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Go with a Pro
Dentist-administered laser treatments (around $1500) and PROFESSIONAL WHITENING TRAYS (around $500 to $1000) are the quickest, most effective ways to brighten teeth. The high concentration of bleach dissolves stains and lightens enamel by up to five shades, says Michael Apa, D.D.S.
"Professional whitening is an excellent investment: Results can be seen in an hour and they last up to a year."
-MICHAEL APA, D.D.S.
Gold and orange lipstick shades can actually accentuate yellow teeth, while pinks and blue-reds make teeth look whiter, says celebrity makeup artist Karen Kawahara.
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