Four Ways to Improve Your Smile

Do you wish you had a nicer smile? Do you look in the mirror and wish your teeth were a little whiter or a little straighter? Or maybe you just don’t have confidence showing your smile when you’re around other people.  Whatever the case, you’re not alone. A lot of people struggle with their smile and put it away as a result. (Read the post Girl worried about her ugly smile.)

However, you don’t have to live like this. With a few changes you can easily improve your smile and become more confident in showing it. Here are a few things to try that will hopefully yield you some great results.

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Start with Proper Oral Hygiene

First of all, you have to have good oral hygiene. If you don’t take proper care of your teeth, no amount of other cosmetic changes are going to make much of a difference. That’s why it’s important to establish good oral hygiene habits before you do anything else.

As a part of this, you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day – once in the morning and once at night. Ideally, if you can brush after each meal, that would be even better. Consider investing in an electric toothbrush, as these give your teeth an even better cleaning.

Next, add flossing to your routine. You should floss at least once a day, with many people choosing to do this before bed. Flossing allows you to get out anything that is stuck between your teeth and helps to improve gum health. You can click here for more information on the proper way to floss.

Lastly, add a mouth rinse to your routine. You can do this with either a mouth wash that you purchase, or you can do it with a salt water mixture that you make on your own. Swish it around for a good 30 seconds each time you brush to really give your mouth a good cleaning.

Getting Dental Implants

For many of us, the reason that we are unhappy with our smile is because we either have a chipped tooth, or the tooth is missing entirely. In some cases, you may even have several chipped teeth or missing teeth. In situations like this you may want to consider getting a dental implant.

A dental implant is essentially the installation of a fake tooth. The old tooth is removed, then a new tooth is installed in its place. This new tooth is then made to match the surrounding teeth, providing you with an improved smile. Dental implants are a relatively simple procedure and you can have it done in no time at all. Talk to your dentist about your options, including any costs or what your insurance covers.

Whitening Applications

One of the most common things people want to change about their smile is how white their teeth are. Over time our teeth can become stained and turn a shade of yellow. When your teeth are not as white as you would like them, this can make you less confident in your smile. Luckily, making them a little whiter is easy.
For starters, you can talk to your dentist about having them whiten your teeth. They can typically do this during a single appointment, and your teeth will turn a few shades whiter as a result. The other option you have is to buy whitening strips. These products are sold in many pharmacies or grocery stores, or you can buy them online. You simply peel off a strip, apply them to your teeth, and let them sit for a few minutes. You do this every night for a few weeks, and the end result is whiter teeth.

Get Braces

Finally, the problem you might be facing is crooked teeth. The solution to this is braces. Braces gently push your teeth into proper alignment over time, giving you a straighter smile. Many people get braces when they are kids, but not all. And in some cases, even if you got braces when you were a kid, your teeth could have shifted over time. Talk to your dentist about what options are available to you. You may not like the idea of wearing braces as an adult, but if the end product is years of a better smile, it might be worth it.

Improving Your Smile Takes Time, But It’s Worth It

Don’t go through life unwilling to share your smile.  If you’re not feeling confident about it, take some steps to correct it. There are plenty of things you can do from home or you can ask your dentist for more specific advice. In the end you’ll have a smile you love and one that you enjoy showing off.

Contributed by Lisa

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