The first thing you show the world is your brilliant smile. With a busy life, sometimes maintaining your “pearly whites” can fall to the wayside and before long, you need a bit of a dental overhaul.
For others, genetics and hygiene habits may take their toll on your gorgeous mouth. Whether you are guilty of or victim of any or all of these oral dilemmas, here are a few effective ways you can improve your smile.
Teeth whitening has become super easy in recent years. Once upon time, you had to see a professional to get the trays and gel and results you desired. Now, you can go to your local drugstore and buy whitening strips to effectively and quickly whiten your teeth.
Most boxes will last two to three weeks and with dedication, wearing the strips for only 20 to 30 minutes a day, can drastically change the color of your teeth. You can even try tooth powder, which helps make your smile even brighter.
Long gone are the days of train tracks across your teeth. In today’s world, braces are now invisible with mouth guards that go over your teeth to help them get incredibly straight without looking like you are wearing anything in your mouth. Many cosmetic dentists offer several teeth straightening options that are affordable and only take a short amount of time to straighten out your smile. This is another great option for the person on the go who needs to change their oral look.
Genetically, teeth have their own shape and size and some people are dissatisfied with how their natural smile looks. With the help of veneers, you can create the smile you desire. Veneers are “dental covers” that go over your existing teeth. This can be an option to give you the fuller, brighter smile you have always wanted.
Good Ol’ Brushing and Flossing
Some of us are born with great teeth, but they do need to be maintained. Brushing alone is not going to cut it. You must floss once to twice a day to keep your mouth clean and free from germs and grime. Build up of left over food and bacteria lead to tooth loss and decay.
Brushing with an electric powered toothbrush will help give you the deep clean you need for a fresh mouth. It will get into the hard-to-reach places that an ordinary toothbrush has difficulty cleaning.
Flossing helps get in between teeth and removes stuck food, grime, and germs. A lot of times bad breath comes from in between the teeth, so flossing them gives you a leg up on fresh breath.
Brushing and flossing are the most impactful ways you have to keep your smile shining and avoiding painful dental procedures. They can also be the first step to improving your smile.
Visit the Dentist
Twice a year, see your dentist for the deepest clean and an oral checkup to make sure your mouth is healthy and your smile is on point. Your dentist is always there to point you in the correct direction when it comes to cosmetic dentistry you may want to research.
Keep in mind, if you have dental insurance, you are usually covered for two visits a year. Take advantage of them to stay on top of your oral hygiene and avoid lingering problems. Don’t wait until you experience discomfort to check those teeth. You can feel more confident leading to an improved smile.
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