How It Works: If you’re looking to makeover your smile, one of the easiest places to start is tooth bleaching—a bright, beaming smile gives the illusion of perfection. The reason? “By bleaching your teeth so that they are all one shade, people will notice the white, even color of your smile more so than anything else, creating a picture-perfect look,” says New York City cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS. “Blemishes are more noticeable on a discolored smile than on a white smile because the eye is drawn to inconsistencies.” Your dentist will begin by painting your teeth with a peroxide-based bleaching gel, shielding your gums with a rubber dam and covering your eyes with protective goggles. Next, he or she will use either a heat lamp or laser to penetrate the bleach deep inside the teeth. “It is performed in a single visit and may give you that Hollywood smile without requiring you to come back multiple times,” says Dr. Irwin Smigel.
Time It Takes:One hour. “You can walk in with yellow teeth and, 60 minutes later, leave with white teeth,” says Palm Desert, CA, cosmetic dentist René Dell’Acqua.
What to Expect: “Patients can brighten their smile up to 10 shades,” says Dr. Irwin Smigel. “In terms of achievable results, think custard-colored to snowflakes.”
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