Researchers have over the last couple years have made the connection between the frequency of one’s smile and laughter to one’s happiness, self-esteem and confidence.
Almost hands-down, people want a beautiful smile with straight, white teeth. You may feel self-conscious if you’re the only one not smiling in group or family pictures due to embarrassing gaps between teeth, yellow stained teeth or crooked teeth.
Smiling makes you relaxed, approachable and more confident.
The smile that you’re too embarrassed to show off may be the source of your lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Like many patients, you want to regain that beautiful, confident smile. How do you go about doing that?
Here are three ways you can get that confident smile you’ve been missing:
Proper Dental Health
The first step in having a smile you can be proud of is to have proper dental hygiene and health. A healthy smile is a pretty smile.
Proper dental care has many other benefits other than a beautiful, confident smile. Healthy teeth and gums have less pain, are less susceptible to injury and infection and require less, expensive dental work in the future.
Proper dental care and hygiene include:
- Visits to your dentist every six months for an examination and thorough cleaning
- Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a good toothpaste
- Daily flossing
- A healthy diet low in foods and drinks that can stain your teeth or wear off your teeth enamel
- Managing any teeth grinding issues
- Regular rinsing with water or mouthwash
Taking care of your teeth is just as important as taking care of the rest of your body. The first step in having a confident smile is taking care of your oral health.
Restorative dental procedures such as dental bridges, crowns, and root canals can also restore the health and look of your smile. They will also diminish the pain and discomfort you may feel. While you may take care of your teeth and gums, your smile may not be as great as it could be because you’ll need some restorative dental work done.
Stained, and discolored teeth, and large, glaring gaps in between teeth are unpleasant flaws that even the best dental care may not do anything about. For such instances, your second-best option is cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentistry can handle a variety of dental issues, besides teeth whitening. Cosmetic dentistry includes:
- Dental Implants
- Direct Bonding
- Implants and Bridges
- Orthodontics and Aligners
- Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain Fixed Bridges
- Porcelain Veneers
- Repairing Chipped Teeth
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
Most of the effective cosmetic dental procedures are done by your dentist in the office. There are some at-home options, mainly for teeth whitening, available. These are effective for patients with minor teeth stains that are mostly on the surface.
While adequate tooth and gum care is the most important way to achieve a confident smile, supplementing it with cosmetic dental work can really do wonders for your smile.
Show Your Smile Off
The final way to a confident smile is to show the world your pearly whites. You won’t be able to appreciate the efforts of your good dental hygiene or your cosmetic dental procedure if you continue to hide your smile.
Embracing your natural smile, flaws and all will greatly improve your confidence and self-esteem.
Whether you’re looking to schedule a routine dental check-up or you’re exploring your cosmetic dental options, contact us at LeDowns Dentistry today so we can get you that gorgeous smile you’ve wanted.