Everyone wants a great smile but not everyone wants to put in the work to achieve a great smile.
It doesn’t have to be difficult, and can actually be quite easy if you take your dental health seriously. But even if you have been lacking over the last few years when it comes to your oral care routine, there are things you can do to improve your teeth and get a much healthier, whiter, and happier smile.
Stick to the basics
The only way to ensure a great smile is to practice excellent dental hygiene every single day. That means you need to be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and staying on top of your family dentist appointments every few months. Without basic dental care, it’s going to be virtually impossible to achieve a great-looking smile.
Consider teeth whitening
There are a few teeth whitening techniques out there – all of which depend on the specifics of your situation. The three techniques that we offer at Buhite & Buhite, DDS. are Zoom, BriteSmile, and GLO. These treatments will begin to whiten your teeth within one hour. The patented GLO technology, which takes 10 days over two weeks (with at-home treatments), combines optimal heat and light in a closed mouthpiece to activate and accelerate the whitening gel for safe, great-looking results.
Additionally, consider Snap-On Smile, all-ceramic crowns and veneers, enamel microabrasion, and cosmetic bonding; all of which can be used to change the color shape and brightness of your smile.
Avoid stain-causing food and drinks
Many of these products are delicious and hard to cut out of your diet entirely. As long as you’re aware of these foods and drinks, however, you’ll at least be able to carefully monitor your intake and keep the stains minimal. Here are some of the most common teeth-staining drinks and meals:
- Coffee and tea
- Tomato sauce
- Red wine
- Soy sauce
- Sports drinks
- Fruit juices
- Balsamic vinegar
Cut out the bad habits
This almost goes hand in hand with staying on top of general dental hygiene. But it’s worth saying again: You need to quit the unhealthy indulgences that are harming your teeth (and probably the rest of your body).
Smoking is the big one. We’re not here to preach, but if you’re still smoking it’s going to be extremely difficult to get and maintain a healthy smile. Other habits that are damaging to your teeth include nail-biting, drinking alcohol, grinding and clenching, brushing too hard, and using your teeth as tools. Make small goals for yourself to quit these bad habits – your teeth will thank you.
Aside from simply looking better than an unhealthy smile, there are plenty of real-life advantages of taking better care of your teeth, gums, and mouth. Here are all the ways that a better smile and healthier teeth can better your life:
- You’ll have much more confidence
- More confidence will lead to more career success
- You will look (and feel) more attractive
- You’ll sleep better not worrying about your teeth
- You’ll save a ton of money by avoiding expensive procedures down the line
- You’ll be able to eat anything you want
- You’ll boost your immune system
- And your overall health will be significantly improved
Don’t get discouraged. A happy and healthy smile is in your future if you start taking better care of your teeth today. Give Buhite & Buhite, DDS. a call and ask about cosmetic or restorative dentistry: (585-342-1323).