By Mary N. DiZazzo

"They'll buy your smile for a million dollars then sell your soul."

--Marilyn Monroe, on Hollywood

Ciao bella,

Let talk about the pearly whites, and what people are willing to pay and sacrifice to get them.

The do-it-yourself Crest Whitestrips consists of wrapping your front and bottom teeth in a plastic strip two times a day for two weeks. It does work, but don't try to talk or do it while on vacation! Updated Crest Strips are down to two times a day for seven days. Just a mere thirty dollars or so for a brighter smile.

Then a trip to the dentist may be in order. One treatment is called "chairside bleaching". Anywhere from two to ten visits may be necessary to complete that process. Prices may vary.

Did you know that your face has fifteen muscles that work together to make a smile? So, if you find that you're smiling less because of stained teeth, start exercising those fifteen muscles by trying the best affordable and comfortable procedure that's best for you.

The latest state of the art is called Laser Smile™ . Consult your dentist before starting any teeth whitening procedure.

In as little as one visit to the dentist, and thirty minutes later, you can walk out with the whitest and brightest smile, hassle free!

The experts here are Coppola and O'Horo D.M.D., LLP, People Centered Dentistry, 565 Turnpike St., North Andover.

Ah, che bella sorriso!

Buona giornata.


Have you missed any of Mary's columns in the Post-Gazette? Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns on her website She is a third-generation cosmetologist and owner of Mary for Nails, etc. natural nailcare salon in Andover, and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183. She also sees select clients by appointment in Boston at (617) 742-6881.