One of the first things that many people notice when meeting someone new is the smile: the universal greeting is shared with relatives, friends, colleagues, clients, customers, and even strangers. Whether you’re acknowledging a passerby you may never see again or meeting someone you’ll know for the rest of your life, the importance of a smile can’t be overstated.
Luckily, even if you’ve got an imperfect smile, we live in an era of technologies and tricks that can help you share a beautiful smile with the world. Here are three of them!
Brushing and flossing
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your teeth is critical. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day (and flossing at least once a day) will keep your teeth clean and healthy. In addition to preventing cavities and more serious complications like tartar buildup (which can lead to gum disease or tooth decay), regular brushing helps prevent discoloration and keeps your enamel strong — two important qualities of a beautiful smile. Checking in with your teeth through regular brushing and flossing also helps you catch any potential problems early.
In a world filled with coffee addicts, soda drinkers and sugary snack enthusiasts, yellow teeth are an exceedingly common problem. There are a number of over-the-counter solutions you can use, or even solutions you can make at home to help fix discoloration. (Make sure to research your options thoroughly and to carefully follow only reliable instructions; misusing teeth whiteners can cause more harm than good.) There are also professional options for having your teeth whitened, though they may be cost-prohibitive.
If you’ve got crooked or crowded teeth or have alignment issues, such as an overbite or underbite, braces may be the best way to fix those problems for good. While they can be expensive and take a long time to show results, braces are still one of the most dependable solutions to imperfect teeth. You may not even have to suffer through traditional metal braces: clear aligners are transparent plastic braces that can achieve the same effect without all the extra hardware.
What else to look for
If you’re taking good care of your teeth but still not seeing your beautiful smile, something else might be going on. If your teeth appear flat, you notice jaw or neck pain after waking up, or your teeth are showing chips or cracks, you may be suffering from bruxism. Bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, affects up to one in ten adults and can disrupt your sleep — and your smile — in addition to causing TMJ disorder, chronic headaches, or broken teeth.
To promote a beautiful smile (and a healthy mouth) consider a dental guard, which can prevent bruxism and keep you smiling. To learn more, visit www.sleepright.com.