It has been said that smiling can automatically improve your happiness (try it – smile and, according to psychologists, you will feel better!)
So why not improve that smile and feel more confident. So often, teeth aren’t looking their best due to staining, misalignment or gaps where teeth should be. Not only are these all signs of wear and tear, giving a more aged appearance but these can all lead to poor oral health.
If you’d like to improve your smile, here are 5 ways to achieve it.
1. Make better food choices
So often when we are trying to be well behaved with our food and drink choices, it’s easy to neglect oral health, without even knowing it. For example, those wonderfully healthy fruit smoothies may be helping in your diet, but they actually contain more sugar (not to mention that most fruit is highly acidic) than a milkshake. Excess sugar can cause bacteria to grow in between teeth, causing plaque build-up and bad breath.
Some statistics estimate that up to 80% of people do not floss their teeth. This leaves a huge audience that could quickly and easily improve upon their smile! By eliminating flossing, you are essentially missing out on cleaning up to 60% of your mouth. Whether it’s a quick fix by removing seeds or broccoli from in between your teeth, or long term by improving the overall health of your gums, flossing can ensure that your entire mouth is clean, giving you a better chance of cleaner teeth.
3. See the dentist
Statistics in 2012 found that only two-thirds of Americans see a dentist regularly. In the same survey, over half felt that a nice smile can help you get a better job and approximately 45% felt that good teeth could help you achieve more friends! With this in mind, regular dental checks are a great way to ensure that there are no developing oral health issues that could lead to unsightly problems if left untreated.
4. Teeth Whitening
Unfortunately, over time, our teeth lose their white appearance and become stained due to our food choices. For some, this is exacerbated by the likes of smoking, and darker-colored food and drinks such as red wine, coffee, or curry.
If you feel that the shape of your smile is to blame for a lack of confidence, orthodontics has come a long way in the past decade. No longer do you need unattractive metal braces in order to achieve that Hollywood style. Invisible options are available and can be effective in only a matter of months.