How to Get a Blindingly White Smile ASAP



A great bag, a statement necklace, the perfect pair of heels—none of these "accessories" will get you further in life than a megawatt smile (just ask Julia Roberts). When it comes to getting whiter teeth, you might be surprised at how many options there are available to you, without having to invest in pricey options at the dentist. We're breaking down every popular at-home whitening treatments and how they stack up. We've also enlisted the help of Marc Lowenberg, DDS, an NYC-based cosmetic dentist with Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor, to give us his take on how to whiten teeth fast. Lowenberg is no newcomer to creating A-list smiles—Heidi Klum and Courteney Cox are just two of Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor's star clients. So when he shared some of his best secrets for whiter teeth, we put down our daily cup(s) of coffee and listened.

From a DIY teeth whitener to strips, gels, and more, keep scrolling for five ways to get your teeth sparkling.

Looking for ways to get a brighter smile at home? Keep reading—these four DIY teeth whitening ingredients are probably sitting in your pantry.

This story was originally published on February 3, 2015, and has been updated.