How a Great Smile Can Boost Self-Esteem
Your smile is an important part of how you present yourself to others and, as a result, can significantly affect your confidence and self-esteem. People with imperfect teeth may find themselves embarrassed or uncomfortable in social situations, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some common methods and procedures to improve your smile and boost your confidence.
The first and last step to a great smile is your home care and cleaning routine. A dentist or orthodontist will only see you once or twice a year, so it’s important you keep a healthy routine the rest of the time! Be sure to eat balanced meals, reduce your intake of sugary snacks and use your household dental tools correctly.
You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, and especially before going to bed, using a soft-bristled brush and toothpaste.
1. Gently brush using a small, circular motion, ensuring you always feel the bristles on your gums.
2. Brush the outer, inner and biting surfaces of each tooth.
3. Use the tip of the brush to clean the inside of the front teeth.
4. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Brushing should also be accompanied by daily flossing, which cleans between teeth while disrupting the buildup of plaque under and around the gums.
A comprehensive dental exam and cleaning is the next best way to keep your teeth consistently beautiful and healthy. At a regular visit your dentist or hygienist can:
· Take diagnostic X-rays to check tooth position and look for signs of decay or bone loss.
· Check your gums and bone around the teeth for signs of periodontal disease.
· Examine fillings and any other work you’ve had done previously to make sure it’s holding up.
· Perform a cleaning to remove tartar and plaque that have formed on or around your teeth since your last visit.
The loss of all or part of a tooth can be a serious blow to your self-esteem, especially if the damaged area is particularly noticeable. Luckily, there are a variety of procedures available to help repair your teeth and fill in any empty space your smile might have.
Dental crowns can be used to cover or cap a damaged tooth. This not only improves the appearance but also strengthens the damaged area. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are designed to match the color of your natural teeth, so they blend in and don’t look out of place in your smile. If both your tooth and root are damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental tooth implant capped by a ceramic crown.
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