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A white dress and yel­low teeth don’t make a great match— or great pho­tos! Luck­ily for you, the lat­est whiten­ing dy­namos make bright­en­ing up your smile eas­ier than ever.

Whether you’re a whiten­ing new­bie or ha­bit­ual bleacher, be­fore you try an­other prod­uct, have a frank dis­cus­sion with your den­tist about what’s mak­ing your teeth look dull. Are the sur­face stains in­trin­sic (from tetra­cy­cline use, or trauma to teeth), or ex­trin­sic (the re­sult of cof­fee, tea, wine, spaghetti sauce, or smok­ing)? The de­gree of dis­col­oration and the con­di­tion of your teeth will af­fect how well any whiten­ing reg­i­men works. Both in-of­fice and at-home tech­niques use per­ox­ide as the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent “to pen­e­trate the mi­cro­p­ores of the outer enamel, breaking down the stain,” ex­plains At­lanta cos­metic den­tist Peter V. Vanstrom. “As a rule, brown and yel­low stain­ing can be whitened more eas­ily than gray or dark­ened teeth.” If you al­ready ex­pe­ri­ence some zingers when drink­ing hot or cold liq­uids, chances are sen­si­tiv­ity will be an is­sue. Try us­ing a less in­tense bleach prod­uct, and go slowly for ef­fec­tive yet shud­der-free re­sults.

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