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.
Photographed by Maia Harms