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As a wise woman once told us, "there's nothing more attractive than a confident woman with a great smile." Unfortunately, maintaing a killer grin this time of year is not the easiest undertaking. All those things we love to imbibe during the holidays — red wine, eggnog lattes, and enough sugar to give an elf a root canal — aren't doing our mouths any favors.
Fortunately, whitening your teeth at home has never been easier, thanks to what feels like a billion different options (strips! trays! gizmos!) to fit every budget and need. Finding the right one for you can be a chore (not to mention a major drain on your wallet), so we asked Dr. Irwin Smigel, celebrity cosmetic DDS and inventor of Supersmile, to give us the DL on all the smile-enhancing options out there.
Here, you'll find a field guide to the six most popular methods of whitening — both at-home and in the office — and Dr. Smigel's breakdown what each one does, along with the pros and cons of each. Read on to get the down and dirty details on cleaning up your smile.
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