Nothing compares to a beautiful smile on someone’s face. Smiles captivate people and build interest. They enhance human interaction in a unique way that is not attainable by other social cues. Nonetheless, most people are embarrassed of their smile. Here are a few tips that can help you change your smile and restore your confidence
Maintain Good Oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene is central to a good smile. Naturally, a smile puts our teeth on display. Discoloured teeth covered with tartar compromise the aesthetics of a smile hence the need to improve and maintain good oral hygiene. Basic oral hygiene is achieved by the following means;
Brush your teeth regularly
It’s crucial to brush your teeth regularly to ensure they retain their attractive natural appearance. Tooth brushing clears out tartar and food debris while maintaining the colour of your enamel Moreover, a good toothpaste refreshes your mouth odour. Since your breath sneaks out when you smile, it helps if the odour is attractive. According to dentists’ recommendations, one should brush their teeth at least twice in a day.
Floss your teeth
Your toothbrush can’t go in between teeth or clear out highly adhesive food debris. Dental floss, on the other hand, is great for cleaning the spaces between your teeth and removing food debris. Dental guidelines encourage people to floss at least once a day. Flossing should however not be done alone. It’s not an alternative to tooth brushing but an addition. Nonetheless, it serves to improve your smile
Brushing your teeth and flossing may not be enough to improve your oral hygiene. Mouthwash is of great help in cleaning hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. The liquid easily seeps into narrow spaces and washes out dirt. Some special mouthwashes also whiten teeth and can quickly improve the aesthetics of your smile. However, it’s important to consult your dentist before using tooth whitening mouthwashes.
Professional tooth whitening is a great option if you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile. The process involves thorough cleaning and the application of special chemicals that restore the natural colour of your teeth. It’s a simple, painless procedure with immediate results.
Eat healthy food
The food we eat affects our oral hygiene. The enamel is vulnerable to damage from chemical compounds found in certain foods. These compounds can damage or discolour teeth permanently. Therefore, it’s important to consume foods rich in natural compounds that are harmless to your teeth and other tissues in your mouth.
Correct your dentition
Several factors about your dentition affect your smile. They include; tooth alignment, tooth shape, missing teeth and damaged teeth. Luckily cosmetic dentistry offers solutions to restore your dentition and enhance your smile.
Braces and retainers
These are dental installations that are primarily designed to correct misaligned teeth. Retainers are removable while braces are permanently glued to the teeth. The latter is made up of brackets cemented to teeth. Wires run over the brackets and exert pressure that shifts the teeth into place. Retainers, on the other hand, have two main designs.
Plastic retainers are designed to fit over the tooth and go all the way round to the back of the mouth. Hawley retainers have a molded plastic piece that fits into the roof of the mouth and support an attached wire that runs over the front of teeth.
Veneers and crowns
When it comes to chipped, cracked and broken teeth, crowns and veneers are a great solution. Veneers are thin layered implants bound to the front of existing teeth to improve the appearance of teeth. Crowns, on the other hand, are thicker in design and cover the whole tooth. They are ideal for fixing chipped teeth. Veneers and crowns are also useful in the restoration of discoloured teeth, decayed teeth and crooked teeth.
Dental implants are a great solution for replacement of missing teeth. A dental implant is a surgical fixture fitted into the jawbone to hold a replacement tooth. Over time the implant fuses with the jaw bone offering a permanent solution. Tooth replacement restores both function and aesthetics.
A good smile not only improves your general aesthetics but also heightens your confidence. Consult your dentist to find out ways you can make your smile better and change your life.