You are having a good time with friends and family, be it a holiday, a vacation or just an unexpected joyous Tuesday. Then someone announces it is time to take a photo to capture the occasion. You freeze. The dread overcomes you, as you are embarrassed by your teeth. So you end up in the middle of a group of happy looking people with a tight, pursed-lip smile or your hand covering your face. Unattractive teeth can absolutely ruin a person’s self-esteem. But there are ways to bring your smile back to picture perfect.
#1 Daily Maintenance
This is important for not only the appearance, but also the general health of your mouth. It is important to brush, floss, and rinse with an anti-bacterial wash at LEAST twice a day. This will help keep most tooth-destroying decay at bay. It will also keep your breath fresh so you can laugh out loud with ease. Also, be sure to visit your dentist every six months for general upkeep.
#2 Stain Removal
Things like smoking, coffee, and even berries are known to stain the enamel on your teeth, making them look dingy and discolored. Over-the-counter whiteners can be somewhat helpful, but for proper treatment, you should visit your local dental professional. In one brief visit, with little to no discomfort, those stains may be removed to bring back the shine in your smile again.
Crooked teeth are not nearly as difficult, painful, or expensive to fix as they were in the past. You cringe at the thought of the huge metal braces filling up your mouth like the kids you remember from middle school. But technology has gone way further than awkward metal retainers and embarrassing headgear. Now a series of simple, small pieces of plastic, molded just for you, can do the same work to align your teeth, almost invisibly.
#4 Simple Repairs
Teeth are brittle. Cracked or broken teeth can often happen as we get older, no matter how well we care for them. This can be painfully embarrassing. However, these problems can be rectified with just simple procedures such as fillings, crowns, or veneers. Your dentist can offer you lots of options for you to restore your mouth’s luster.
#5 Let Your Light Shine
Most importantly, find your inner confidence. Don’t slouch or hide. Keep your chin and head up high with pride. Even if your teeth aren’t perfect, the joy of the moment and your alluring self-assurance will shine through in any photo. And aren’t those the memories that you want to cherish?