Smiling is one of those infectious activities. You see someone smile and, more often than not, you smile back. Smiling even offers you some mental health benefits, such as reduced stress and a better mood.
If you don’t like the way your smile looks, though, smiling can end up something that stresses you out. Maybe your teeth are a little crooked or poor dental care earlier in life left your teeth in less than great condition.
That may leave you wondering how you can get a great and healthy smile. If so, keep reading and find out how you can get the smile you always wanted.
A great smile starts with regular dental maintenance. That means brushing your teeth twice daily. Good brushing means around two minutes.
You can also upgrade from a manual to an electric toothbrush, which typically takes off more plaque and encourages gum health.
If your crooked teeth bother you, there are several orthodontic treatments you can consider. The most common treatment are braces, but those aren’t the only options.
A few other choices include:
You can discuss your options with your regular dentist.
Damaged teeth can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. For tooth damage, you’ll likely want one of several potential dental treatments.
Veneers are one popular option. These are pieces of porcelain that a dentist will bond on the front of your teeth to improve shape or color.
Crowns offer a similar function as veneers in that they improve the look of your teeth. Instead of covering the front of your teeth, though, they cover the entire tooth. This also lets them offer protection for damaged teeth beneath them.
One of the most common dental treatments, fillings help restore the shape and function of a tooth that had a cavity or chip. You can white fillings that blend better with the natural color of your teeth.
If you need a tooth removed, you may want a dental implant. You can learn about dental implants here.
For some people, the main reason they dislike their smiles is the color of their teeth. Common drinks like coffee, tea, and red wine can slowly stain teeth over time. In addition, some people’s teeth look a little yellow naturally.
There are many teeth whitening options, such as gels, laser whitening, strips, and even whitening toothpastes. Ask your dentist for recommendations that will work best with your teeth.
Getting Your Great Smile
A great smile isn’t just about vanity. It’s good for mental health and can make you more accessible to friends and colleagues.
Getting your great smile can take a combination of approaches. You need a good daily maintenance routine for your teeth. It’s the foundation.
For more serious problems with alignment or tooth damage, you’ll need help from a dentist or orthodontist. In extreme cases, you might need an oral surgeon as well.
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