Let’s face it; we all tend to be a little self-critical when it comes to our appearance. For some, it’s an obsession with weight, others dread bad hair days or skin issues, and for others, a truly dazzling smile.
If you worry about a perfect smile, we have good news: achieving a dream smile is easier than you think!
In fact, there are several ways you can achieve your dream smile to help you win people over and improve your appeal. Here are 14 ways to achieve your dream smile:
1. Great oral hygiene
It all begins with oral hygiene. Your daily regime should always include:
- Brushing your teeth without fail, once in the morning and once before bed, preferably with a quality electric toothbrush to remove more plaque and stimulate your gums.
- Flossing every day, preferably before bed, to get out all that junk that eating throughout the day has left behind.
2. Become best friends with your dentist
Well, maybe not best friends, but certainly close acquaintances. Two annual visits to have a professional cleaning and dental checkup will help keep track of your dental health so you can avoid a myriad of smile threats from staining to shifting teeth.
Remember, there are a lot of problems that can’t be detected in your bathroom mirror. You need regular x-rays so your dentist can look for issues and fix them before they ruin your smile.
3. Whiten to brighten
Today’s whitening treatments are very effective. They can give you white teeth often with a single, one-hour professional appointment. Speak to us about our options and get ready for the brightest smile possible without looking fake!
4. Take advantage of cosmetic treatments
No matter what your smile woes are, our dental experts have got the answer. Cosmetic treatments today come in a range of options to address any smile imperfections you can name. Don’t feel embarrassed to bring it up with your dental team!
Even if other people wave off your concerns, if you aren’t happy with even the smallest imperfections, we’re here to listen and provide solutions including:
- Customized porcelain veneers to hide everything from permanents stains to reshaping malformed teeth
- Dental crowns to cover misshapen teeth and fill gaps
You name it, and we’ll provide a fix!
5. Straighten those teeth
Often adults are too embarrassed to discuss the possibility of having their teeth straightened because they are convinced braces are even more embarrassing than a crooked smile. However, we disagree.
Invisalign is a game-changing treatment that is discreet and faster than those wiry train tracks. Made of clear plastic, they’re practically invisible and can be removed to eat. No appointments are required for adjustments, and often in less than a year, your new smile is perfected.
6. Fill in the gaps
We are always surprised when our young patients have not replaced missing teeth. A single missing tooth way at the back of your mouth can affect your smile and even your overall appearance.
Missing teeth lead to other teeth shifting towards the gap, which can also cause bone loss in your jaw and make you look a lot older a lot faster.
The answer? Dental implants offer a permanent tooth replacement that looks natural and functions like a real tooth as it replaces both your tooth and your missing tooth root.
7. Ditch the smokes
No more smoking! This is the worst for staining your teeth, and the stains can’t always be removed even with whitening treatments. You will also have healthier gums and avoid issues such as receding gums and deeper pockets around the teeth that can show dark spaces along the gumline.
8. Drink less red wine and coffee
This is probably even more difficult than asking smokers to quit smoking; however, coffee, tea, and red wine are notorious teeth stainers. While in most cases, a good professional cleaning can remove these stains, sometimes the stains are internal, and therefore permanent.
You can always drink through a straw to reduce staining, but when in public, sipping wine through a straw is a little déclassé. Your best bet is to rinse frequently with water to remove any dark liquids from your teeth throughout the day.
9. Drink more water
Since you’ll ideally be reducing the amount of coffee and tea you drink, switching to tap water is a good idea. It helps flush teeth clean and provides the recommended dosage of fluoride to discourage decay.
10. Make more healthy choices
By simply making healthier choices for your diet and becoming more active, you can prevent health issues that can lead to poor dental health. You’ll also keep yourself looking and feeling your best.
11. Don’t ignore dental issues
If you feel something is amiss in your mouth, don’t ignore it. Give us a call and let us take a look so we can catch anything before it becomes serious. If money is keeping you from calling us, just remember preventative measures or a simple filling are always way cheaper than paying for serious treatments like root canals, crowns, bridges and implants.
12. Seek help for grinding and clenching
Stress can lead to teeth grinding and clenching, putting a strain on your teeth. This can, in turn, lead to cosmetic issues, including cracks, breaks and damage to existing dental work.
If you suffer from jaw pain, headaches, or mouth pain in the morning, or your partner complains about you grinding your teeth, we can provide a night guard to protect your jaw and teeth.
13. Beware of gum disease
Signs of gum disease such as redness, swelling, tenderness and bleeding should be addressed right away. If you’ve avoided the dentist for a while, now’s the time to set up an appointment before it gets worse and you lose some teeth.
To find out more ways to achieve your dream smile, call Guelph Family Dentistry at 888-588-1691 or contact us here.