A perfect smile is something which many of us long for. Beautiful teeth are constantly shown in the media, in magazines and on television. But many of us haven’t been blessed with naturally straight, white teeth, and corrective dentistry can be expensive. So lots of people simply do without, and spend their lives being ashamed of their smiles.
There are, however, many ways in which you too can have the smile of your dreams. In fact, many of these solutions are simple, cost effective and can be performed by yourself at home. So there’s no reason to be ashamed of your teeth any longer – just follow these steps and you too will have a picture perfect smile you can be proud of.
Look After Your Gums
Not only are teeth important for a perfect smile, you should also pay special attention to your gums. Healthy gums not only look fantastic, they support our teeth and protect them from harm. So pay special attention to your gums, and make sure they always remain a healthy, glowing pink.
Get Your Brushing Technique Right
We all know the importance of brushing our teeth regularly, but you may not have realised that there is actually a technique to teeth brushing which can significantly improve the health and look of your teeth and gums. Good brush technique means making sure you get into every part of your mouth, and brushing in a circular motion to completely get rid of all food, debris or plaque build ups.
As well as brushing, you should also floss. People who floss regularly report that their teeth look much better, and their gums feel more healthy. Flossing gets to places which brushing simply can’t, so flossing should always be performed in conjunction with your regular brushing schedule.
Home Whitening Kits
Perfect smiles always feature lovely white teeth, but brushing and flossing alone will not be enough to restore your teeth to their full whiteness. This is especially true if you regularly indulge in activities such as smoking, or drinking dark, ‘heavy’ drinks such as red wine or coffee.
Home whitening kits can be freely obtained from pharmacies, and many of them promise stunning results. But, whilst some of them do deliver on their promises, not all of them will live up to your expectations. In fact, some home whitening kits are completely unsuitable for certain types of people, and this is particularly true if you have sensitive or damaged gums.
If you decide to try a home whitening kit, it’s always a good idea to get a recommendation from your dentist. If you see an NHS dentist, this advice will be free of charge. They will be able to advise you on the best kind of kit to use, and which ones to avoid. Always follow the instructions on the box, and never leave whitening solution on your teeth for longer than you should. Doing so will not make your teeth whiter, but it might damage your gums irreparably.
Orthodontics and Cosmetic Dentistry
If your perfect smile is a little harder to achieve than by brushing well and maintaining your teeth’s pearly white colour, you may wish to consider the benefits of investing in cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. With dentists such as Dr Andrea Ubhi – York based cosmetic denstistry – your beautiful smile may be more achievable than you think.
Dentistry has come on such a long way that orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry are no longer the fearsome practices they once were. Even if you’re a nervous patient, most modern dentists will be able to pay special attention to your needs and comfort, to make sure that your perfect smile is achieved easily, naturally and comfortably.