Many studies have indicated that the first thing people notice about others, is their smile. After all, a smile is a universally understood language! It can express happiness, gratitude, and amusement. Whether you have a job interview coming up or you are going on a date, your teeth play a critical role in creating a lasting first impression. A brighter, whiter smile can also improve your self-esteem and help you feel more confident.
With the holidays right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get those not-so-white-pearls camera ready!
These 5 tips will keep you smiling all year long:
- Practice Excellent Oral Hygiene
Your parents and dentist have been drilling you about practicing proper oral hygiene since you were a child – rightfully so! Healthy, white teeth begin with excellent oral hygiene. It is important to brush regularly (at least twice a day) and to floss after eating. This will ensure that food is removed after eating and eliminate plaque build-up, thus, preventing staining your teeth. For an extra step, try using a tooth whitening toothpaste to give your teeth that extra pearly look! Don’t hold out on the mouthwash either – mouthwash can make your mouth feel fresh and smell better. It can also reduce plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Make it a habit to include all of these steps in your daily routine as they are the essence of maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile.
- Watch What You Eat And Drink
We all know that your diet impacts your health, including your weight and skin, but did you know that it also impacts your teeth? Foods and beverages that are high in sugar and starches feed the bacteria that naturally exist on your teeth and speed up the tooth decay process. Stick to lots of fruits and vegetables which contain a high water content and dilute the effects of sugar. As a rule of thumb, if it’s not good for your body, it’s not good for your teeth! This includes coffee, red wine and tea which can stain your teeth. If you are a smoker, your teeth are at a huge disadvantage! Not only does smoking lead to tooth loss and cause tooth discolouration, but it also increases the chance of developing gum disease and oral cancer.
- Schedule Regular Dental Appointments
Regular visits to the dentist ensure that you maintain healthy teeth and gums in the long run. You should visit your dentist at least twice a year for a full check-up. Your dentist will provide a full hygiene treatment, including a cleaning and will help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.
- Teeth Bleaching
Teeth bleaching is a very popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, providing you with a brighter, whiter smile. There are two options when it comes to teeth bleaching: home teeth bleaching kits or in-office bleaching. Teeth bleaching kits can be bought over the counter or through your dentist’s office. It is important to consult with your dentist before trying a home teeth bleaching kit, as not all discolourations respond well to these treatments. In-office bleaching is done by your dentist using a high-concentration bleaching gel which is applied to the teeth using thin and well-fitted application trays for quick and long lasting results. Dental bleaching brightens teeth beyond their natural colour and goes beyond teeth whitening. After a few 20 to 30 minute sessions, you will notice brighter teeth that will keep you smiling!
- Dental Veneers
Do you dream of a Hollywood smile? Dental veneers may make your dreams a reality! A dental veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is permanently attached to the front of your teeth. Dental veneers are very popular in Hollywood and are the reason that so many celebrities have such perfect teeth. Veneers last anywhere between 10 to 30 years. Dental veneers may be used for restorative purposes such as covering a discoloured but healthy tooth, covering up a tooth with a fracture in it, or covering up spaces between teeth.
Oakville Place Dental Office
At Oakville Place Dental Office, we are dedicated to helping you have the smile of your dreams! We offer a variety of services, including regular cleanings, teeth bleaching, and dental veneers. The mouth is the gateway to the rest of our body and good oral health ensures that the entire body is taken care of. A whiter, brighter smile can make us appear younger, healthier and more confident. Stop hiding behind your smile and contact us today to get started on your smile makeover! You won’t stop smiling!