Do you love your smile? A smile is often the first thing that people notice when they meet you, which means that if you are self-conscious about your teeth, you might not be giving off the best impression. Fortunately there are plenty of ways that you can improve your smile, and not all of them require extensive dental work. If your New Year’s resolution is to get a better smile, here are four ways you can achieve it.
Dirty, stained, or yellowing teeth can be embarrassing, but a lifetime of drinking things like coffee, red wine, or using tobacco, may have taken some of the gleam from your pearly whites. Teeth whitening is a relatively easy way to remove some of the stains and bring your teeth closer to the white color that you would love to have. Many Utah dentists have options to whiten teeth either at the office or in the comfort of your own home, so ask about it at your next dental visit in Salt Lake City.
If your teeth are chipped, crooked, missing, improperly spaced, or have other cosmetic issues, there are many different options that you can choose. Talk to an oral surgeon about procedures like dental implants, veneers, bridges, and crowns to create your ideal smile. Fixing chipped, missing, or broken teeth can also improve your ability to chew and speak, which can improve your overall health and well-being.
Eating a quality diet—in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight—can also help you maintain a better smile. Include lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats in your diet to get the right balance of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) to prevent gum disease and maintain strong, healthy tooth enamel.
Perhaps the most important resolution you can make for a better smile is to take better care of your teeth at home. That means brushing your teeth for two minutes, two times each day, and flossing at least once a day. These things are not a substitute for seeing your dentist regularly, but they are critical to reduce plaque and avoid bacteria that can lead to gum disease, pain, tooth decay, and even tooth loss over time.
Make a New Year’s resolution to improve your smile and see an oral surgeon to find out about all the options available to help you get the smile you have always wanted.