How to improve the appearance of your smile

A step-by-step strategy for the perfect smile.

Having a smile that you are happy with can provide a major boost to your self-confidence. However, unless you are extremely lucky, a great smile doesn’t happen by accident. You need to work for it. Read on to discover a step-by-step strategy for improving the appearance of your smile.

1. Have a solid oral hygiene routine

A great smile is built on solid foundations. An effective oral hygiene routine — including brushing twice a day, flossing and the use of dental mouthwash -—will help to promote the long-term health of your teeth. Bear in mind that many issues which may detract from a winning smile (such as discoloured teeth, or tooth problems caused by gum disease) begin with inadequate oral hygiene practices.

2. Straighten your teeth

Nearly everyone’s teeth are crooked to some extent or another, and it is important to remember that crooked teeth can bring a lot of personality to an individual’s smile.

However, if you feel that you smile less than you’d like to because you feel self-conscious about your crooked teeth, then a professional teeth straightening treatment could be a great next step in improving the appearance of your smile.

Although teeth straightening is usually recommended in adolescent years, when the bones in the mouth and jaw are still developing, the good news is that it is never too late to start. These days, clear plastic aligners (such as Invisalign orthodontic devices) provide a practically invisible teeth alignment solution.

3. Whiten your teeth

If you are happy about the alignment of your teeth, but are concerned about discolouration, then a professional teeth whitening treatment is an excellent way to bring the sparkle back to your smile.

Professional teeth whitening treatments done by your dentist are not only longer-lasting than at-home options, but they offer a deeper clean of the teeth, and enhanced whitening power using specially-formulated (and non-harmful) dental gels.

4. Finishing touches

Now it’s time to take a closer look at your smile. Are there any specific areas where you feel the need for enhancement? In cases where the structure of your smile is sound, but there are cosmetic imperfections you would like to take care of — such as chipped, broken or permanently discoloured teeth — your dentist may recommend the placement of a dental crown or dental veneers.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over the top of a tooth in order to restore its shape and size, and to improve its strength and appearance. Dental veneers, on the other hand, are tooth-coloured shells bonded to the outside surface of the teeth to improve their evenness, colour, and overall aesthetic appearance.

For many patients, the application of dental crowns or dental veneers is the final step towards achieving the knockout smile of their dreams.

5. Maintain your smile

Once you have invested in improving the appearance of your smile, it becomes more important than ever to maintain the good work. Speak to your dentist about little ways in which you can improve your oral hygiene routine. For example, which foods should you avoid to minimise the risk of plaque build-up and discolouration?

Schedule at least two dental check-ups per year to get regular, professional insight into the health of your smile.

How can we help?

Dream Smiles offers a comprehensive range of quality dental treatments to help restore, repair and rejuvenate your smile. At our state-of-the-art practice, you can rest assured you will receive the best in dental care, from a Brisbane dental team with decades of experience. For more about how we can help to improve the appearance of your smile, please read about our specialty dentistry treatments here.

Led by Dr. Eng Yang Tan, the team of dentists, hygienists and receptionists at Dream Smiles will work with you to ensure you receive the best care for your needs. Our team have helped thousands of patients achieve healthy, beautiful-looking smiles, and look forward to assisting you on your journey towards optimum dental health. To book an appointment at Dream Smiles, please contact us here.

At Dream Smiles, we offer everything from general check-ups to more specialised treatments, like root canal therapy, sleep apnoea treatment and dental implants. For more information about our comprehensive range of dental services, please consult our website.