Bringing A Sparkle Back To Your Smile
Having bad teeth can lead many people to grow embarrassed of their smile. However, you shouldn’t have to put up with your dental woes. There are plenty of ways to bring back a sparkle to your smile. Here are just a few measures that you can take.
Brush up your dental regime
The most obvious way to improve your teeth is to step up your dental hygiene. This means brushing your teeth morning and night for two minutes at a time each. Make sure that you’re replacing toothbrushes every three to four months. After this time the bristles can start to get damaged, making your brushing less effective.
There are other dental habits that you can take up throughout the day such as flossing, rinsing your mouth with mouthwash and chewing sugar-free gum. All these methods will further break down plaque and prevent tooth decay and yellowing.
Try natural whitening methods
There are various fluoride toothpastes out there that claim to whiten your smile. However, you may be able to speed up the process by using a few lesser known natural methods on top of your regular brushing regime.
Activated charcoal is a good substitute for fluoride that can help to whiten your teeth. Brushing your teeth with this black sooty substance might seem like the last thing you want to do, but it’s been proven to help strip away that plaque and is recommended by many dentists.
A mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is another alternative method used by some. This should only be done once a week – more than that and the grittiness of the baking soda could damage enamel – however you’re guaranteed to help eliminate that plaque using this method. People with amalgam fillings should avoid this method though as peroxide can cause these fillings to leak mercury.
Get professional dental treatment
There are now many modern practices that can restore your teeth back to their beautiful self. These can be expensive, but for those with an urge to reclaim their smile they can be extremely effective.
When it comes to getting rid of staining, the most popular option is bleachng. Getting your teeth bleached may take three or four visits to the dentist and you will have to ensure you continue the treatment from home between visits.
Another more recently developed option is laser whitening. This involves putting a chemical on the teeth and shining focused light onto the teeth to activate the chemical. Laser whitening usually takes no more than an hour, although can be more painful and less effective.
Those looking for the most affordable option meanwhile may prefer veneers. These are essential caps glued to your teeth and having them can limit what you can eat.
There are plenty of ways to fix up tooth decay from fillings to bridges to crowns. Each have their advantages – your dentist may be able to advise the best option for you. For missing teeth there are further options that you can take such as dental implants. When replacing teeth you will usually have to make some adjustments to your diet (for example, some chewy sweets may be best avoided).
If you’ve got wonky teeth or gaps, it’s never too late to invest in braces for your teeth. These will straighten out your teeth over time. There are now many more discreet options such as clear braces and lingual braces. An orthodontist will be able to recommend the best method for you.
Care for your teeth
Various lifestyle choices can have an impact on the health of your teeth. Your diet in particular is very important.
Sugar is one of the most well-known bad foods for your teeth. Soda drinks are especially bad as they coat every surface of your teeth in sugar. Heavily citric fruit juices such as orange and lemon juice, whilst healthy on occasion, can also be bad for your teeth due to their citric acid content. Coffee and alcohol meanwhile are some of the worst offenders for staining, whilst potato chips and sticky foods are the worst culprits for plaque.
When it comes to good foods for your teeth, calcium-heavy foods are great for building up your enamel’s strength. These include milk, almonds, leafy greens and cheese (the latter of which can also neutralise plaque). Crunchy fruit and vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and apples meanwhile are great for cleaning your teeth as you eat. Black tea meanwhile may be a better option to coffee, cleaning your teeth and preventing bad breath.
Smoking is a habit that should also be kicked when trying to protect your teeth’s health. Nicotine and tar will stain teeth after a short period, causing them to go yellow. Some heavy smokers may even end up with brown teeth. On top of this, smoking is one of the leading causes of gum disease and oral cancers.
On top of bad habits, it’s also important to protect your teeth from nasty accidents. If you do a contact sport (or one that has the potential for facial injury) such as rugby, hockey or martial arts, you should always wear a gumshield to protect your teeth from impact.
Various other activities can also put a strain on our teeth. Trying to replace cutting tools or opening tools with our teeth such as chewing through plastic packaging or opening beer bottles can wear away at your teeth or cause chips. It’s also possible to floss incorrectly and damage gums or brush teeth too hard and cause damage to enamel. Finally, chewing ice should be avoided as this has been known to make teeth more sensitive and cause damage to enamel.
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