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Mount Kisco dentist shares teeth-whitening tips

Teeth whitening is one of the easiest ways to improve your appearance. But what's the best way to brighten your smile — and can everybody get whiter teeth?

We asked Mount Kisco dentist Dr. Carolyn Clemenza for advice.

If somebody comes in for teeth whitening, what do you try first?

There are all kinds of products, from white strips to "extreme whitening," and the procedure depends on the color of your teeth. We recommend white strips for teenagers. Young people's teeth whiten very quickly.

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What's one step up from over-the-counter whitening strips?

Tray bleaching, where molds are made of your upper and lower teeth, and custom trays are fabricated. We dispense a kit of peroxide gel and you sleep with this for two weeks. That's old-school traditional whitening, and it works extremely well.