Our smiles are essentially formed when we are kind after our first dentist visits and our adult teeth grow in. A smile is not just something that is nice to look at when you have great teeth, or poorly when your teeth are not in great shape. It’s also an indication of oral health. Habits we form as youngsters will determine what our smiles are like as adults.
It is important to do everything you can to improve your smile and at the same time your oral health. When your teeth are in bad shape it isn’t just aesthetically unappealing, but can also pose other dangers to your overall health. In this article, we will go over some of the tips you can use to improve your smile and your oral health at the same time.
1 – Whiten them
Having a white, bright smile is important for purely an aesthetic reason so this tip isn’t so much about the state of your oral health. However, one thing people notice right away about a smile is the color of peoples’ teeth. If your teeth are stained from coffee or nicotine then you will want to whiten them and make your smile much brighter.
You can go to a dentist and have it professionally done over a few visits. They usually use some form of UV light to remove the stains from your teeth. To do it at home instead, you can get some whitening strips that essentially bleach your teeth and leave them white.
Another more economical way to whiten teeth is to get teeth-whitening toothpaste and use it to brush regularly with your electric toothbrush. It takes longer, but it will eventually leave your teeth whiter after a while.
2 – Get braces
Contrary to popular belief, braces aren’t just for teenagers whose teeth are crooked. Braces are available for anybody at any age. Even adults can benefit from getting braces. In fact, it is essential to get them no matter what age you are since it will improve your smile but also your dental health.
Crooked teeth aren’t just bad for a pretty smile. Those teeth can also cause other problems in your mouth. Crooked teeth press against the surrounding teeth and can cause cavities to form. These cavities will need fillings and there is a risk of infection if left alone.
Braces will straighten your teeth and take the pressure off of the teeth being pushed by the crooked ones.
3 – Get veneers
A veneer is essentially a cover for your teeth. They are made out of a very durable material that will help keep weak teeth stronger and reduce the risk of a tooth breaking. The veneers are not only going to keep from staining but they also will last longer than your regular tooth will.
If your tooth is chipped or cracked then a veneer is the most logical way to fix it and make it look right. Putting a bonding agent to fill a chip will not look right over time as your tooth changes color but the bond doesn’t. A veneer will have no such problem. However, getting veneers can be costly, so if you find a cracked or chipped tooth, make sure to book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, regularly place an icepack on the outside of your mouth and rinse your mouth with salt water.
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