A great smile can put the people we meet at ease. It can give them a better impression of our personalities. And it can make you look more attractive too. Here are seven tips for having a great smile:
Brush your Teeth Twice a Day
This is something we’ve all been doing since we were children. But it’s easy to fall into bad habits. You should replace your toothbrush every few months. Brush at a 45 degree angle up to the gum line. And don’t brush too vigorously as your gum tissue is sensitive. Brushing your teeth effectively will help to protect them from tartar, plaque and discolouration.
When you floss, you remove plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line. These are the places that you struggle to reach with a toothbrush. This helps to protect your gums from disease and your teeth from decay – and it’s essential for a dazzling smile.
See A Hygienist Twice a Year
Even with the most thorough dental hygiene routine at home, your teeth tend to pick up stains and plaque over time. A hygienist will remove any plaque that has built up and clean off any stains. A polish to finish the job and your teeth will feel beautifully smooth and clean.
Limit Drinks that Stain Your Teeth
Whilst they may be very tasty, some drinks are renowned for staining your teeth. Coffee, tea and red wine top the list of culprits. They can create superficial stains on your teeth. But over time they can also cause internal staining of your tooth enamel, which is much more difficult to rectify. Try to limit your intake of tea, coffee and wine. Water is best for your teeth. Alternatively, rinse your mouth with water frequently when drinking something with the potential to stain. This ensures the liquid doesn’t sit on your teeth for long periods of time.
Get Your Teeth Whitened
There are plenty of products out there – toothpastes and gels – claiming to give you whiter teeth. But their effectiveness is debatable. If you really want to see results, the safest and most effective option is a visit to your dentist. Many dentists provide tooth whitening services. They may be a little costly but, if you’re self-conscious about the colour of your teeth, they could help you on the way to a confident smile.
Protect your Teeth from Grinding
A bad teeth grinding habit can make your teeth very unsightly. Grinding wears down your teeth and can even chip them, making your smile uneven. Grinding often happens while you’re asleep and you may not even be aware you’re doing it. However, if you tend to wake with headaches, facial pain or pain in your jaw, you may have a problem. A dental night guard is a great solution. Even if you can’t stop your grinding habit, your teeth will be protected from damage.
Get a Brace
Wonky teeth are a reason that many people choose not to smile. Teeth that aren’t straight are also more difficult to clean so stains and plaque build-up can cause an additional problem. Braces these days aren’t always the ugly mesh of metal from decades ago. It’s possible to get invisible braces that are fixed to the back of your teeth. Or white braces that aren’t as obvious to the eye. So whatever your age, if straighter teeth would help you to smile more often, there are plenty of brace options out there.
The first step to a great smile is good dental hygiene and repair. Then just relax and let your smiles come naturally. With clean, straight and healthy teeth your smile will dazzle wherever you go.