Dental // 05.30.13 // 7 Comments

Teeth Whitening 101: Bethenny Brightens from Candy Corn to Marshmallow

Marshmallow-white teeth is what you want. Two Chiclets up front, not so much. Bethenny test-drives a new teeth-whitening salon to share the scoop on getting your choppers to sparkle -- and how to get the most white for your wallet.

Bethenny is excited as she steps into the brand spanking new Lavaan Dental Spa in NYC. Think of Lavaan as the Dry Bar of teeth whitening -- their focus is pearly white perfection in a spa-like atmosphere. Their motto: "No drilling. No Filling. Just clean, white smiles."

While teeth may not be the first thing everyone notices, let's be real -- people are definitely judged by their teeth.

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport opened the new business venture less than a year ago with his wife Dr. Michelle Katz, an orthodontist. Business is growing, but Bethenny is skeptical about whether this trumps the at-home whitening trays she's tried in the past.

Dr. Rappaport says Bethenny's teeth are a seven, but promises she's going to leave with immediate results, closer to a 10. Was she pleased with the results? Here's how it all went down…

Expert Tip: While cleaning Bethenny's teeth, Dr. Rappaport noticed teeth flattening due to grinding. His advice: if you wake up with a sore jaw, run warm water over a washcloth and use to massage your jaw line. Also, it's best to invest in a night guard.

What Bethenny Had Done:
Bethenny started with "The Clean" -- a 30-minute cleaning for $89 and then had "The White" -- a 60-minute whitening treatment for $395.

How Often Should Someone Whiten Their Teeth?
"It varies by individual on how often to whiten the teeth," says Dr. Rappaport. "It really depends on the shade that they started at and their lifestyle. For those who live on coffee and red wine, touch-ups every few months are recommended. We have different touch-up options that we offer at LAVAAN and depending on if someone has a wedding or photo op we would recommend they come in before the big event."

Whitening for Less:
- Daily deal sites like Groupon, LivingsSocial, YipIt, SweetJack and more regularly offer dental discounts.

- If you know of a location in your area that offers whitening, join their Facebook page and Twitter for insider deals. Also, if they have a newsletter, sign-up.

- If your dentist offers whitening, ask about patient deals.

- Give a home remedy a try. Health magazine says the key to at-home whitening is in malic acid. Here's their remedy using a combination of strawberry and baking soda. »

"The at-home teeth whitening options are okay to use, however, I do believe that people are happiest with the results when they get the professional treatment done in office," says Dr. Rappaport.

For at-home whitening products.
Here's what we found:
- The whitening gel with the American Dental Association seal of approval »
- Good Housekeeping's list of reviewed whitening products »
- Whitening toothpastes with the American Dental Association's Seal of Approval »

Let's discuss!
1) Do you whiten your teeth? If so, how often and what's your favorite method?
2) Have you discovered an all-natural remedy that works for whitening?
3) Tell the truth -- do you judge people based on their teeth?

Dr. Jeffrey

Dr. Jeffrey Rappaport, of Longmeadow Massachusetts, graduated from the George Washington University in Washington D.C., with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He went on to earn his Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree from New York University College of Dentistry where he was selected to be part of the Endodontic Honors Program.

While at NYU, Dr. Rappaport met his wife, Dr. Michelle Katz, an Orthodontist. He worked in private practices in both New York City and New Jersey before opening LAVAAN with his wife Michelle. Dr. Rappaport resides in New York City with his wife and loves Sunday football and running in Central Park during his free time.

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Stephanie Davis
251 days ago

I am hoping that this reaches to the right person...I do not want to sound selfish but I really need help...I work with people with disabilities and I have a problem with my teeth...when i was 9....I was riding my bike and one of my brother's friends front wheel bumped my back wheel and it flipped me off of my bike...years later...I was trying to stop my sister from throwing a bottle at a friend of mines and she accidentally hit me in the front tooth is chipped I am embarrassed...I work young people and i am thinking that they are looking at me like I am crazy walking around with a chipped tooth...and when i meet new people I can see that they look down at my teeth...I just don't think that people is taking me serious with this tooth like this...please help me...please....please....please....

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Denise Fazio
272 days ago

Bethaney, I'm sorry I didn't give a shout out to you or your show when I wrote my previous comment..I love your show. I was a Lil skeptical when I found out you were getting a talk show wasn't sure how your personality would fit in but to y surprise I love it. I have so much fun watching you, I never no what's gonna come out of your's like hanging out with one of the girls. Your really like one of us. I hope the show continues on the same path. Xoxo

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Denise Fazio
272 days ago

Girls I trul understand what your going thru..About 2 yrs ago my granddaughter ran down the stairs before me and as I rushed to catch up somehow I tripped over my pocketbook..the staircase had so many steps and of course they were made out of tile and iron. I ended busting up my face, my front teeth all cracked and I had caps in 7 of the upper front which cracked and four of them came out because of the Lil stubs under the cap that they adhere it to totally's you I'm unable to have them fixed, financially just don't have it. I can't smile, can't eat many things. I'm so embarrassed to even talk to people..I lost my job after the accident besides my teeth, fractured my collar bone and just destroyed my back..I know I will never be hired for anything with my teeth looking like that.....ladies I know something like this just sucks every ounce of confidence out of you...I'm usually the person building your self esteem for you and pointing out all the good in you to build you up, I mean there's more to us then just teeth but when your in our situation all you think about is's horrible, it monopolizes our every thought..I've gone from a happy, smiley hearty laughing person to a miserable, embarrassed person who dreads going out for the fear of being made fun of.....Hope things get better for you guys as well as myself...

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yvonne palmer
280 days ago

Hello Bethany...I am probably your biggest fan ever...I havebeen following you forever....I live here in Oregon....I'm 63 years are grown and gone....I never thought I would ever be this lonely in my life...there is no more good stuff for me in life.....I have never been wowed....I want to start enjoying my life again....I'm over weight.....what bothers me the I hate to teeth are bad......I feel like if I didn't have such ugly teeth...the rest would follow.....maybe if you every have a grandma makeover could call I too old to get my sexy back.....Christmas is coming andI scares me.....never thought would end up one tom share things with...guess first you've to like or love yourself...I don't ....I don't live my life...I kind of exist from day to day....I watch your show every day...high light of my day....I miss Bethany ever after......when I was a little mom would watch a show...called queen for a day...I would like to be queen for a wish would be to like what I see...when I looking the mirror...i don't see me anymore.....this has been a rough summer here....I fought like he'll concave my little shihtzu...she became a diabetic......people told me to put her down....I love her..geez I crying writing my baby went blind on life isn't mine anymore...I have to be here morning and give her insulin every day....can you help me here.....I need help...don't know where to start...some days I get really afraid....thanks for reading my letter..I love you lady...

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yvonne palmer
280 days ago

Please help me..5034729140

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Marietta Davis
474 days ago

Love you Bethany. You are beautiful, smart and OH that Skinny Girl. I don't drink but have tasted Skinny Girl and it is so mild it doesn't bother me. So I now have a ****tail that I can drink, sometime !!! Miss seeing you on TV, you make me laugh and I love to laugh....
Thanks; xoxoxo Marietta
P.S. Kiss Bryn for me. She is a doll and growing so fast. I only had one daughter and she is now 45 yrs. old and a High School Teacher and my best, best friend. That's what Bryn will be to you someday.

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475 days ago

Love Bethenny! Love her videos. My teeth are horrible. However, there is no way I can afford this procedure :( Your blessed Bethenny, and yes you have worked hard for it. I have worked hard too, and continue to do so. Just not financially ok. Thanks for the info though. Your a cheerful, upbeat person and I truly respect and enjoy you. God bless you and Bryn.

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