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A beautiful smile is your most important accessory. In fact, it’s often the first thing people notice about you. If you’re self-conscious about your smile because of your teeth, you’re not alone. However, today you have many cosmetic dental interventions available to help you get the beautiful teeth and gums you want. Here’s a closer look at some tips that can help everyone enjoy a gorgeous smile.
Tip #1 – Practice Good Oral Hygiene
A beautiful smile starts with beautiful teeth, and one of the best tips for keeping your teeth looking great is to make sure you’re practicing good oral hygiene. You should be brushing at least twice a day, and it’s essential to floss daily, too. Using a dentist-recommended mouthwash can also help remove germs and prevent bad breath.
Tip #2 – Eat and Drink for Beautiful Teeth
Keeping your pearly whites looking their best means you need to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Foods that are healthy for your teeth include yogurt, cheese, crunchy veggies and fruits, leafy greens, and nuts. And instead of sipping on sugar-laden sports drinks, juices, or sodas, sip on water to prevent cavities. Swishing with water when you’re unable to brush can also help you rinse away food particles until you’re able to get to your toothbrush.
Tip #3 – Don’t Skip Routine Cleanings and Checkups
If you want a beautiful smile, don’t skip your routine dental cleanings and regular checkups. At regular cleanings, a dental hygienist can remove surface stains that have discolored your teeth, leaving you with a brighter smile. Routine cleanings also help prevent gum disease. Those bi-annual dental checkups are also important. Your dentist will be able to detect any early signs of oral problems. That way, they can be addressed before they become more serious problems.
Tip #4 – Ask your Dentist About Whitening
Have you noticed that your teeth are looking dull, yellowed, or stained? Unfortunately, this happens as you age. Certain foods and habits can contribute to stains, such as red wine, coffee, tea, and smoking. If you’re worried about stained, discolored teeth, ask your dentist about whitening options. Many in-office whitening options are available that can offer fast, significant results.
Tip #5 – Consider Crowns or Veneers
A variety of cosmetic options are available to help you improve the function and appearance of your teeth for a more beautiful smile. Crowns, sometimes called caps, are used to help strengthen damaged teeth. Since they cover the entire tooth, they not only improve function, but they improve the appearance of the tooth, too. Dental veneers can also give you the gorgeous smile you’re looking for. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to your teeth and can improve tooth color or correct the appearance of misshapen teeth.
Tip #6 – Replace Missing Teeth with Implants
Missing teeth can leave gaps. And those gaps can leave you covering your smile in embarrassment. Not only are gaps unsightly, but they also make it more difficult to talk and chew normally. Dental implants offer one of the best ways to replace missing teeth. They don’t require the maintenance that comes with dentures and function like normal teeth. Plus, they look totally natural.
Tip #7 – Get Straighter Teeth with Invisalign
Crooked teeth can keep you from having the smile you want but wearing traditional metal braces may not sound very appealing either. Invisalign offers the solution for many people with:
· Crowded teeth
· Crooked teeth
· Open bite
The great thing about Invisalign is the clear aligners are barely visible so you can smile with confidence. They often work faster than traditional braces, too, so you won’t have to wait as long for your straight, beautiful teeth.
Whether you’re dealing with crooked teeth, missing teeth, a cavity, or misshapen teeth, Dr. Langley and our dental team can help. With a wide selection of cosmetic services, we’ll work with you to help you get that healthy, beautiful smile you’ve been wanting.