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Body Talk: The price is white; WHETHER YOU'VE GOT A FEW PENCE OR pounds 1MILLION, THERE'S A TREATMENT AVAILABLE TO GIVE YOU A DAZZLING AND HEALTHY SMILE...

Byline: AMANDA BRADBURY

NO self-respecting celebrity would leave their mansion without a whiter-than-white smile to flash at the paparazzi.

When money is no object, it's easy to ensure their pearlies are polished and perfect at all times.

But for the rest of us, a sparkling smile needn't cost a fortune.

Here's our guide to the full range of treatments for teeth...

pounds 1.50 Whitening toothpaste

OK, so it won't give you ultra white teeth but, if you use it twice a day, Macleans Whitening Toothpaste (pounds 1.50 for 50ml) will help lift away tea and cigarette stains to keep that ageing yellow hue at bay.

And without regular brushing, none of these other far more expensive treatments will last.

pounds 3 Aquafresh Flex Tooth and Tongue Brush

DON'T just brush your teeth, give your tongue a good scrub, too. This brush (pounds 2.79) is a normal toothbrush on one side and a scraper on the other. And when you consider the average tongue harbours millions of bacteria, causing bad breath and decay, it's well worth the effort.

pounds 13 Rapid White Brightstick

IF you want to get rid of stubborn stains but are scared of bleaching your teeth, this gentle whitening fluid (pounds 12.99 at Boots) will help give you a brighter, if not dazzling, smile if you paint it on twice a day for a month.

pounds 16 Plaque Off

DON'T you hate it when the dentist pokes and prods to scrape off plaque? Instead, try this seaweed food supplement for five weeks. Manufacturers claim the tablets make plaque less sticky, so you can just brush it away. Three months supply - 120 tablets - costs pounds 15.99 from Holland & Barrett. Call 0845 2260660 for mail order.

pounds 24 Boots Advanced Tooth Whitening Programme

EVEN celebrities like Kylie Minogue, dabble with home-white-ning kits and this easy-to-use four-step formula can brighten your teeth by about four shades. It's got everything you need including a shade chart, a mouth guard and a tube of whitener that's suitable for sensitive teeth. It costs pounds 23.99 from Boots.

pounds 30 Scale and polish at the dentist

ALL the products under the sun can't replace good dental hygiene - and that includes regular check-ups with your dentist. A good scrub and polish will get rid of stubborn plaque and make teeth cleaner and shinier.

pounds 70 Scale, polish and tongue manicure

THE Dentics chain does a speedy 40-minute mouth MOT including breath checking using a special monitor and a tongue scrub. Call Dentics on 07000 336842.

pounds 100 Power brushing

SONIC toothbrushes get rid of more plaque than old-fashioned brushing because they get into all those nooks and crannies. Courteney Cox-Arquette has just invested in a Philips Sonicare Elite toothbrush to keep her smile in tip-top condition. Call Sonicare Direct on 0800 9150035.)

pounds 300 Contouring molars

JUST shaving a quarter of a millimetre off pointy teeth can change your whole smile, making your pearly whites straighter and less jagged. And it can be done in just an hour. Call Anthony Zybutz on 020 7580 9541, or visit www.39harleystreet.co.uk

pounds 700 Power whitening

WITH super-white results in less than an hour is it any wonder stars like Britney Spears go for power whitening pitstops. A protective gel is applied to the gums, followed by whitening gel which is then activated by a special light, giving you professional, no-fuss results in no time. Call BriteSmile on 08707 800901 or visit www. britesmile.co.uk

pounds 2,000 Dental facelift

GIVING your jaw muscles a good workout could make you look 10 years younger. For a dental facelift a small device the size of a boiled sweet is worn on a brace covering your bottom teeth at night. This separates the top and bottom jaws which, in turn, exercises the jaw, chin and jowl muscles lifting and firming the lower face. Contact Added Dimension Dentistry on 020 7636 9978 or visit www.dentalfacelift.com

pounds 3,500 a tooth Porcelain veneers

IF you're after the perfect smile then veneers are the way to go. They're fitted on to your existing teeth so they can change both the shape and colour of your teeth - short teeth can be lengthened and wonky teeth can be straightened. And, like Victoria Beckham, you can have narrow teeth widened for a broader smile. Porcelain veneers cost up to pounds 3,500 a tooth. Call Face By Lund Osler on 0161 828 8851.

pounds 100,000 Gum reshaping

TOO much gum on show when you smile can make you look older. With this procedure gum tissue is literally lasered off. Extensive work can bring your bill to nearly pounds 100,000. Call Gloucester Road Smile Centre on 020 7373 3744.

Up to pounds 1 million The works

FOR those who have won the Lottery, the Q Clinic will send a private jet to collect you from anywhere in Europe within two hours.

And that's exactly what they did when Jude Law had an accident filming Cold Mountain.

If you need your jaw redesigned (pounds 15,000), teeth replaced and veneered (pounds 100,000) with bone grafts (pounds 10,000) and diamonds set into them (up to pounds 25,000 per tooth), your bill could set you back a cool pounds 1million.

Contact Dr Tapesh Anand at the Q Clinic on 020 7317 1111.
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