How to get that healthy, beautiful smile you always wanted
A beautiful, healthy smile takes effort to maintain – just like the rest of your health. Here are some tips to help you get (and keep) a beautiful smile.
Maintaining a beautiful smile starts with good delay habits – particularly your diet and oral hygiene. What you eat and drink, and how you care for your teeth and gums play a big factor not just in how healthy your teeth and gums are, but how beautiful your smile is.
Regular brushing and flossing, and keeping up with your dental visits are the easiest and cheapest way to maintain good oral hygiene (and a winning smile). If bacteria is left on your teeth and gums, it can lead to tooth decay and even loss – which can come with a hefty bill (not to mention the discomfort).
Our smile is also one of the first things people notice about us, And poor, stained teeth don’t make a good first impression. Nor does not smiling because you are embarassed about your teeth.
Today there are sophisticated detail treatments to help you improve the aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Matt, co-founder of Dunn Orthodontics, and his team of experts understand the importance of affordable orthodontic treatment and monthly budgeting, as they believe that affordable orthodontic treatment doesn’t mean substandard treatment.
In this article he shares his tips for getting that healthy, beautiful smile you always wanted – and keeping it!
Practice good, daily oral hygiene
It doesn’t matter how tired you are at the end of the day – always make time to brush your teeth. And ensure you’re in the habit of brushing them in the morning too.
If not, you risk the build up of plaque hardening into tartar. Flossing also eliminates plaque between your teeth and under your gum lines, where a toothbrush can’t reach. This prevents tooth decay and gingivitis.
If you don’t like flossing, you can use an oral irrigator instead – it works just like floss. Brush and floss your teeth and gums thoroughly, and if you want to, use mouthwash to prevent bad breath.
Visit your dentist regularly
It’s important not to skip your dental check ups and hygienist visits. It’s a good idea to visit your dentist every six months to check if there are any problems that might need to be fixed – or even prevented.
If you experience any pain or other problems between visits, make sure you let your dentist know as quickly as possible and book in a visit if necessary. Prompt treatment can sometimes save a tooth and prevent problems getting worse.
Dentists can also remove stains that have discolored your teeth, and routine cleanings help prevent gum disease.
Drink plenty of water (and don’t smoke!)
Water is the healthiest fluid for our bodies – and our teeth. With no added sugar it discourages tooth decay. Regular consumption of sugary or acidic drinks can increase decay problems.
Smoking is a major cause of staining to your teeth and gum disease as it develops large pockets around your teeth. This forms dark spaces between them and can even cause oral cancers. Just another good reason to give up!
Try crowns and veneers
There are many varieties of dental options available to help you improve the appearance of your teeth – and get a beautiful smile.
Crowns can be used to help strengthen dented teeth. Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that are bonded to your teeth and can develop tooth color and correct the appearance of deformed teeth.
If you have bite issues or crooked teeth, consider visiting an orthodontist and asking about braces. With technological advancements you have many different options to choose from.
You can have traditional metal braces or Invisalign aligners which are clear plastic and are removable. You can also try the lingual braces which are attached to the backs of your teeth, or ceramic braces that are like traditional metal braces but are colorless – making them invisible. Your dentist will be able to help you decide what is best for you.
Watch what you eat and drink
Any food that has sugar can lead to tooth decay, so it’a good idea to stay away from sweet foods like pastries and candies, and try to eat healthy fruits, vegetables and proteins.
According to studies, every time you eat food that contains sugar, your teeth become weak for 20 minutes after. Avocados are good for teeth and bones. Drinks like coffee and tea are known for staining teeth, much like smoking. Using a straw can help lessen the strains on your teeth and may help decrease the risk of tooth decay.
It is important to always look after your dental health because it plays a major role in our lives. Always catch a problem early to prevent the need for major treatments, and to maintain the beautiful smile you always wanted.
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