A smile is a natural expression made by all humans, but it is also a way to advertise and market yourself.
This is why having a beautiful smile is important to many people. Crooked teeth, stained teeth, and other oral issues can really affect a person’s self-esteem. Fortunately, there are ways that a perfect smile can be achieved. Here are three of those ways.
#1: Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is any type of dental work that improves the appearance of one’s teeth, so this doesn’t include normal cleaning procedures.
Teeth whitening is probably the most common cosmetic dental procedure, and it’s one of few that can actually be done at home without the help of a dentist. However, teeth whitening at a dentist’s office is often more thorough because the dentist will first scrape each tooth to remove debris, plaque, and tartar before using a bleaching solution. OTC (over-the-counter) teeth whiteners can also be effective.
Dental implants are a common way to improve one’s smile when there are teeth missing. These implants are permanent, where a false (but natural-looking) tooth is inserted into the gums and held in place by a titanium screw. This entire process can take a significant amount of time from start to finish since the surrounding tissues have to fuse with the implant.
Many people are familiar with traditional veneers, which are teeth covers that are permanently adhered to over the top of your natural teeth. On the other hand, snap-on veneers are teeth covers that are temporary and require no permanent adhesion to your natural teeth. They provide all of the same benefits as traditional veneers, minus being permanent, requiring a dentist visit (you can do this at home), and without having to pay thousands of dollars.
#2: Natural Remedies
When it comes to natural remedies for a better smile, this almost always applies to whitening teeth, rather than straightening. Achieving straighter teeth naturally typically begins in childhood, when the adult teeth (and baby teeth, too) are growing in. Late weaning and thumb-sucking can cause crooked teeth in childhood which leaves lasting problems in adulthood.
As far as natural remedies for whitening teeth go, baking soda is probably the most popular remedy— even some toothpastes are formulated with baking soda. Baking soda is known to be abrasive so that’s what makes it effective in removing stains from teeth. Baking soda is also high in alkalinity, which neutralizes the acidity in the mouth, keeping it free of bad bacteria.
#3: Proper Oral Hygiene
If your teeth are already straight and they aren’t severely stained or discolored, then proper oral hygiene is all you need to achieve the smile you want. Proper oral hygiene means that you should brush your teeth twice a day at the very least, but brushing after each meal is also recommended. So this means if you eat three meals a day, you should aim for brushing your teeth three times a day. Also, it’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist every six months to a year. Dentists provide deep cleans and screenings for potential problems.
Proper oral hygiene doesn’t stop at how often you care for your teeth, but it also includes what type of products you use. When brushing your teeth it’s most helpful to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Fluoride has come under fire for claims of causing serious health problems, but so far, this hasn’t been proven, while it has been proven to help prevent cavities. Other products to use on your teeth include dental floss and an antiseptic mouthwash.
As always, you should talk to your dentist about the best procedures for achieving your desired results. However, proper oral hygiene should always be the first step in achieving a healthy and beautiful smile, both before and after any cosmetic procedure.