You deserve to laugh as loud as you feel. You deserve to have those face-splitting grins that stretch from ear to ear. You deserve to enjoy joy without reservation. Yet, for those who are insecure about their smile, they can’t. When you’re self-conscious about your teeth, smiling requires strategy. Laughing needs to be controlled. You don’t get to just live in the moment.
Being self-conscious of your smile means putting a leash on your joy. It’s simply not acceptable. Technically yes, you should be able to enjoy your smile and laugh out loud no matter what – even without touching your teeth.
Insecurities, however, make things complicated. It is okay if talking yourself up and trying to get over your insecurities doesn’t bear great results. Sometimes you need to take action and work on fixing what you’re insecure about to finally embrace things like your smile.
Fixing your smile is one of the most natural of the cosmetic options, and, as a bonus, there are also many ways that you can go about it.
For best results, you’re going to want to use this multi-pronged approach:
How to Shake Up Your Routine for a Brighter Smile
If you want a brighter smile, then you’re going to need to start at home. There are so many ways that you can get the ball rolling on your own journey, but for most, a good toothbrush is a good place to start.
Electric toothbrushes are good for many reasons. For one, they waste less plastic overall since you’re only replacing the head and not the whole body. Two, they’re timed. This timer function is actually the most important. It means you are encouraged to brush your teeth for the recommended amount of time and don’t have to time yourself or play a song through your head or any of the other tips out there.
These electric brushes also help you brush at the right rate. Brushing too hard can actually cause the gums to recede. If they recede too much, then you run the risk of most, if not all, of your teeth becoming loose and, eventually, falling out.
Your next best friend in this journey is going to be floss. You can have a water flosser, but don’t throw out that good old string floss just yet. String floss is far easier to bring with you when you’re out and about, so you can get rid of those things between your teeth while you’re out and then use the water flosser to take care of things after the fact at home.
Mouthwash and the toothpaste that you use will also make a difference. Try to choose options that work to maintain a healthy balance in your mouth. It isn’t good if all the bacteria and organisms in your mouth are wiped out, for example, since a lot of them are beneficial.
When to Visit Dental Professionals to Bring Your Dream Smile to Life
You should be visiting a dental professional on a fairly regular basis. This means booking in for a cleaning and check-up once every six months. At most, this should be once per year. Book your next appointment as soon as you’re done with your current appointment so that you have it in your calendar and don’t need to call up specifically for a cleaning.
Dental professionals are also where to go when you want your teeth straightened, chips or cracks fixed, or want to change up the look of your teeth completely. Veneers, for example, are the key to a glowing smile when you don’t naturally have one. You may get one veneer to help fix a tooth that doesn’t match the rest. You can cover all your teeth (like many celebrities do). Either way, a veneer or other professional fix can help you finally love your smile again, and it tends to look far more natural than other options.
Top Diet Considerations for a Better Smile
What you eat and drink will impact your smile. Try to eat plenty of vitamin D and calcium to help strengthen all your bones, including your teeth. You’ll also want to get into the habit of rinsing your mouth with water after drinking or eating heavily staining or acidic foods. Rinsing your mouth isn’t better, necessarily, than brushing your teeth after you eat or drink, but it’s also better than doing nothing.
If you are someone who’s prepared to start brushing and flossing after every meal, go for it. If you struggle to remember to floss, go for the rinse method. At minimum, it works to help remove the residue from your mouth so that you can protect your enamel better.
The Power of Makeup: How to Use Lipstick to Flatter Your Smile
Think that the only options for getting a great smile have to do with orthodontics. Think again. Just like how makeup can help you emphasize your best features and even change the shape of the features you aren’t all too pleased with, makeup can also help enhance your smile.
The first step to enhancing your smile with makeup is to figure out what colors and shades work with your skin tone. Color theory can be insane, especially when you start to look at how the same color can look on two different skin times.
Once you know the shade, it’s time to figure out what lipstick shape works best with your lips and overall mouth. For some, overlining is the way to go. For others, it will be highlighting the cupid’s bow. There are so many different ways that you can glam up your lips, which in turn will help glam up your smile.
One thing to keep in mind, especially if you’re still dealing with yellowish or stained teeth, is that lighter colors are going to bring out the undertint in those stains, while darker shades of lipstick will help your teeth look brighter, whiter, and more brilliant.