Over the years, you may have started to look at your smile in the mirror and wish you could do something to make it more dazzling. Whether your teeth are discolored, crooked, or even cracked or chipped, being self-conscious about your smile can affect your self-esteem and many other areas of your life. But as modern dental technology has evolved, adults now have many more ways to get the smile they want and deserve. If you’re ready to get the beautiful smile you’ve always desired, here are four tips you can use to improve your smile.
If you want a simple way to improve your smile, regular brushing and flossing may just do the trick. An easy way to prevent cavities and tooth decay, brushing after every meal and flossing at least once per day can remove bacteria from your teeth and gums. When combined with mouthwash and perhaps a fluoride toothpaste, you may be surprised at how quickly your smile improves.
For many adults who have teeth that are crooked or misaligned, many new methods of orthodontic treatment are now available. Rather than having to wear traditional metal braces that are uncomfortable and obvious to others, many adults now opt for Invisalign treatment. Similar to retainers, this treatment involves wearing removable aligners that gradually move your teeth into their proper positions, often in far less time than traditional braces.
Whether you choose to do this with an at-home kit or receive treatments from your dentist, teeth whitening can be the perfect solution if you have spent years dealing with stained or discolored teeth. If you opt for teeth whitening treatments with your dentist, expect the process to take several weeks and involve treatment sessions lasting about 45 minutes each. Also, it’s likely your dentist will also advise you to cut back on drinking coffee, tea, and wines, all of which can lead to stained teeth over time.
While it sounds simple, many people don’t switch out their old toothbrush for a new one often enough. If you get a new toothbrush every three months, you will ensure you are using a toothbrush that does not contain harmful bacteria that can result in infections and eventually tooth decay or gum disease.
Once you start implementing some of these tips into your oral hygiene routine, you’ll be well on your way to an outstanding smile.