Can I get my teeth white by 2nd week of June?


I should have planned better but I am in a wedding the 2nd weekend of next month and I really want my teeth white. Is it too late to start? What is the strongest formula that will work the best? – Bridget


Bridget – The strongest teeth whitening you can get is from a dentist. Unfortunately, you don’t have a lot of time to get it done.

If a dentist offers in-office teeth whitening, it can whiten your teeth quickly. In-office treatment is the most expensive form of teeth whitening available, but it will also give you quick results.

Take-home treatment from a dentist will give you professional-strength whitening gel. But you need customized whitening trays for it, and there may not be enough time for the dentist to have the trays made and for you to start your whitening treatment. A few days of whitening may make your teeth a little whiter.

You can start calling a few dentists’ offices in your area to find out what type of teeth whitening is offered and how soon you would be able to receive it.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.

How to make my stubby teeth look longer


My teeth look like short stubby pegs. I want them to at least be ¼ inch longer so they look like adult teeth. They are not crooked, just too short. What can a dentist do to make them longer or at least look longer? – Tanya E.

Tanya – Find an experienced cosmetic dentist to examine your teeth and gums. There are several options, but what will work best for you depend on the results of your examination.

If you have excessive gum tissue, your gums can be contoured, which will make your teeth look longer. Porcelain veneers are another option. The veneers are applied to the teeth that show when you smile. Porcelain veneers will look completely natural if they are placed by a skilled cosmetic dentist.

It is also possible that dental bonding can be applied to your teeth. The composite bonding material will be made to match the color and translucency of your natural teeth. Composite bonding is not as durable and stain resistant as porcelain, so it will wear faster. It may need to be periodically removed and reapplied.

Before you make a final decision on which cosmetic dentist will transform your smile, you can schedule a consultation with a few cosmetic dentists to find out which options each of them recommend to lengthen your teeth.

This post is sponsored by Lowell, MA cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Szarek.