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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Don't Forget to Smile

A beautiful smile is your very best asset. A few years back, I served as a beauty and anti-aging advisor on an internet board. When people would ask me what is the quickest and most cost-effective way to take years off their face, I would tell them to get their teeth whitened. Stained and yellowing teeth can add years to your face. The best way to do this is to get to your dentist and ask him or her if they offer in-office whitening services or if they can refer you to someone who does. There are various methods of whitening that can range in prices from starting at a couple of hundred dollars and escalating in price depending on the service. The latest and most effective may cost well over a thousand dollars. However, if this is not an option then head over to your local drugstore and see what's available. The cheapest method is just to purchase a whitening toothpaste. Almost all brands make a form of whitening toothpaste and, with continued use, you will see your teeth lighten up to three shades. If you need more whitening than that, you can try one of the kits (Crest and Colgate make their own). They can range in price from around $15 to over $35 depending on which type of kit you purchase. Frankly, I do not like the kits that use strips. I found them to be uncomfortable and clumsy. I do like Listerine Whitening Mouthwash. It costs around $4.00 a bottle and does a nice job with continued use. I also like a whitener that you can brush on your teeth. These are also relatively inexpensive and are easy to use. Whatever form of at-home whitening you use (with the exception of the toothpastes), follow the directions carefully. Whitening can become addicting, but it can also be harmful to your gums and make your teeth super sensitive. If you find that you experience any irritation and/or sensitivity, discontinue use. Again, the best place to start is with your dentist. Even if you can't afford an in-office whitening technique, they are the most reliable source for anything you purchase over the counter for your teeth.

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