How to Get a Younger-Looking Smile
Whitening toothpastes and strips
These use peroxide to break up stains (look for products that have the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance) in two to four weeks.
Over-the-counter versions ($45 to $75 for a two-week supply) lighten teeth only a shade or two; home-whitening trays custom-fit by your dentist ($300 to $800) give more dramatic results.
You can also get whitening done in-office for $500 to $1,000; it's no better than using custom trays, but takes under two hours.
These cover or "cap" a cracked, worn-down, or otherwise damaged tooth. Cost: $1,000 to $1,600. Like these other treatments, they may not be covered by dental insurance.
This procedure affixes either porcelain or a type of plastic called composite resin to a chipped tooth, filling it back out. Cost: about $1,000 per tooth.
These thin shells ($1,200 to $2,000 each) cover the front of teeth, masking stains, chips, or slight crookedness.
If you're missing a tooth, titanium implants can be placed right in the tooth's pocket.