Want to lighten your teeth but don’t have a lot of time? Glide the Supersmile Icy Mint Quikee ($18, supersmilestore.com) over your teeth. Its quick-dissolving gel will lift surface stains and freshen breath.
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Tons of toothpastes promise to give you whiter teeth, but very few offer instant results. Luster NOW! Instant Whitening Toothpaste ($8.99, walgreens.com) uses Bluverite™ technology, which deposits blue brighteners that makes teeth appear whiter after one use (similar to the effect you get from wearing blue-red lipstick). If you’re into toothpaste that will gradually whiten over time, try Listerine Whitening Original Gel toothpaste ($5.45, soap.com).
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Sometimes a good DIY recipe is all you need to make your pearly whites shine. Mash up one strawberry with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to create a paste. Spread the mixture onto your teeth with a toothbrush or your finger, and let it sit for five minutes. Rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth with your regular toothpaste. Strawberries contain an enzyme called malic acid that removes stains.
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If you want to whiten while watching your favorite TV show, try Prime Time Smile Active Blue Light System ($46, drugstore.com). Apply a whitening gel to the front of your teeth. The gel is able to seep into the pores of your teeth, so it’s working under the surface. Next use the hands-free active blue LED light for 10 minutes. The light device activates the whitening components of the gel, so it works faster. Repeat the same steps for a total of 20 minutes of whitening.
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If you have a little more time to brighten your smile, try the Pearl™ Brilliant White Ionic Teeth Whitening system ($195, neimanmarcus.com). It uses a whitening gel and ionic technology to lighten teeth. You only have to use the system for five minutes twice a day for five days to get the maximum results.
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If you have sensitive teeth or get overwhelmed by other whitening kits, GO SMiLE 6 Day Double Action Whitening System ($89, gosmile.com) is your best bet. There are 12 ampoules of whitening fluid in the kit, which deliver a powerful concentration of hydrogen peroxide to your teeth. Apply one ampoule to your teeth in the morning and one in the evening for six days. They are easy to use and won’t hurt your gums or teeth.
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