Your smile is one of your best assets! It can set a great first impression, and also allows you to be photogenic in front of the camera.
However, it takes more than just practice to achieve the perfect smile. Have you noticed? Every beautiful smile always comes with a set of pearly whites.
There are many ways for you to get and maintain a set of healthy white teeth. Want to know how? Here are 10 ways you can improve your smile.
1. Drink Less Coffee, Tea and Red Wine
Drinks such as coffee, tea and red wine can stain your teeth. This is due to the organic substance, tannins, that they contain. With every drink, tannins will build up on the tooth enamel and result in the yellowing of your teeth.
Aim to drink less of these beverages to avoid tooth discoloration.
2. Straighten Your Teeth
Not everyone is born with perfectly straight teeth. If you feel that your misaligned teeth are affecting your smile, don’t worry, there are many ways to fix it.
Teeth can be straightened using braces treatment. A traditional solution involves metal braces in which metal brackets are stuck onto the front of your teeth, along with the use of elastic modules and an arch wire. Another type of braces treatment is ceramic braces which serve the same effect.
As braces treatment takes time, some people may have the concern of noticeable braces on their teeth. Hence, there is a growing popularity of another option – invisible braces, Invisalign.
Unlike metal and ceramic braces, invisible braces are transparent and removable. It uses a series of removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your set of teeth. The customised aligners will gradually move your teeth until the desired result is achieved.
T32 Dental offers a range of Invisalign treatment depending on your teeth condition. Learn more about it here.
3. Stop Smoking
Smoking has a negative impact on your teeth, gum, lungs, and overall health. Not only will it stain your teeth, but also causes bad breath, weakens the roots of your teeth and increases the risk of developing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss.
If you quit smoking, you will not only be putting a stop to new stains, but also the health risks that the unhealthy habit brings.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
If you already have visible yellowish stains on your teeth, don’t worry, you can still improve your smile by whitening them. Teeth whitening is an effective way to brighten natural teeth that are discoloured or stained. It is safe, fast and inexpensive.
Today, there are many whitening products available online and over the counter. However, some individuals may have sensitive teeth so it is best to consult a professional on the most suitable whitening treatment for yourself. Learn more about T32 teeth whitening service.
5. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day and Floss Daily
Practicing good oral hygiene will keep your teeth clean and clean teeth is the first step to a better smile.
By brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you can remove surface stains and plaque for cleaner teeth. There will be areas where a toothbrush cannot reach, and that is where flossing comes in handy.
Flossing or the use of specialised interdental brushes can remove plague between teeth and under the gum lines. By flossing daily, you can prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. Otherwise, tartar and plaque can build up and harden under the surface of the gumline, increasing the risk of periodontal disease.
6. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water keeps you hydrated. This keeps your salivary flow at its optimal level and can help wash bacteria away from your teeth as well as the residues of what you ate.
Like a natural disinfectant, your saliva can help keep your teeth and mouth clean and prevents tooth decay. Your smile will improve overtime as you increase your water consumption and choose water over sugary drinks.
Did you know? Patients who have medical treatment or taking medication which affects the salivary flow often experiences increased gum and decay problems.
7. Replace any Missing Tooth & Restore Your Teeth Shape and Sizes
However, having a full set of teeth does not guarantee a beautiful smile. They must also be the right shape and size. If restoration is required, it can be done through treatments such as dental bonding, dental crowns and dental veneers.
Consult a professional to know what treatments you require.
8. Use a Quality Toothbrush
A quality toothbrush can make a great difference in your oral health which is essential for a better smile.
When choosing a toothbrush, be sure to choose one with a soft bristled brush. While there are choices of medium and hard bristled brush in the market, the stiffer bristles, along with aggressive brushing, can wear enamel away from the teeth and cause gums to recede.
A good quality electric toothbrush is also a preferable option for thorough cleaning. When properly used, it can remove more plaque and achieve healthier gums than manual toothbrushes.
9. Go for Regular Dental Check-Up
Going to a dentist every 6 months can help you maintain good oral health and a beautiful smile. Professional teeth cleaning will remove stains and clean up plaque that are hard-to-reach with a toothbrush.
During the check-up, the dentist will also make sure that your teeth are healthy and point out concerns with advice on how to fix them. Remember, dental issues will not correct on their own and if left untreated, may snowball into more serious health conditions.
Nonetheless, a regular dental check-up acts as a preventive care that will maintain your oral health and improve your smile as you age.
10. Assess Your Smile with the Help of Technology
If you are not sure what your smile lacks, let augmented reality technology assist us with that!!!
At T32 Dental, we use various applications including Digital Smile Design, Ivosmile and Bellus 3D Dental Pro. Using 3D intraoral scanning and face scanning, you can visualize your post treatment smile. Your treatment will then be customized according to what your smile needs.
Learn more about T32 Smile Better Program.
Everyone Deserves a Beautiful Smile
At T32 Dental, we put our hearts into your smile. A better smile can bring wonders to your self-esteem and positive impact on your life.
Start your smile enhancement journey with T32 Dental today. Contact us for a smile analysis assessment.
Reviewed by Dr. Bruce Lee