// All The Ways You Can Improve The Appearance Of Your Teeth

 True beauty comes from within, but in today’s world, we all feel self conscious about our appearance. Whether it is our body image, attempting to conform to model standards; our skin; our hair or our smile, everyone has at least one hangup. For a lot of people around the world, this hangup is their teeth. Our teeth are there to be functional - to chew our food so we can digest it properly - but of course, our teeth complete our smiles too. Many people feel self-conscious about the appearance of their teeth, in myriad ways. For some, it’s the color; others, the alignment. If the appearance of your teeth lowers your self esteem and makes you feel like you can’t smile the radiant smile you deserve, then read on to find out how you can improve the appearance of your teeth. 


Most importantly, though, the thing to remember is that your confidence says it all. Perfection can never be achieved, but we can achieve body positivity and self love. 



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Teeth Whitening

If you are experiencing discoloration of your teeth, you are not alone. Yellowing and browning of the teeth can happen due to a multitude of different factors, including:

  • Smoking. Smoking cigarettes causes blackening of the teeth due to the tar content in the cigarettes. If you smoke for a long time, your teeth can appear yellow, brown or black. 
  • Inadequate brushing. If you don’t brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and evening, your teeth can yellow over time. This is extremely common!
  • Coffee and tea drinking. The dark colour of coffee and tea can brown your teeth over time, causing discoloration. 


If you are worried about your teeth being discolored, there are teeth whitening solutions which can help alleviate this. Teeth whitening can be done by your dentist in-house, or with an at-home teeth whitening kit. Teeth whitening does limited damage to your teeth, and lasts between three months and a year. At-home teeth whitening involves using a gum guard with whitening gel, and once the whitening is complete, avoiding substances like coffee for a few days to avoid staining. 


Having whiter teeth can improve the appearance of your teeth and is extremely cost-effective. 



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Crowns, Bridges and Implants

Crowns, bridges and implants are devices which are installed into gaps where missing teeth used to be. If you have lost teeth as an adult, perhaps through an accident, gum disease or another occurrence, this can damage your self esteem as well as be unhealthy for your teeth. Exposed gums can house excess bacteria, as well as becoming sore and making it difficult for you to eat and speak. 


If you are missing a tooth, a bridge or implant might be recommended by your dentist. The difference between a crown and an implant is that an implant is screwed into your jaw, replacing the entire tooth including the root. A bridge, however, sits on the surface of your gum and is attached to the teeth either side to secure it. 


So what about crowns? Crowns are appropriate for teeth which are chipped or damaged. The dentist will prepare the tooth by filing it down, then placing a crown on top. 


All three of these solutions to missing teeth can be done in a cost-effective way on some insurance plans. Implants will last your whole life if they are well taken care of; bridges and crowns might last fifteen years with proper care! 


Veneers

If you want to go one step further towards achieving your Hollywood smile, there is a more advanced option to improving the appearance of your teeth: veneers. If you see celebrities with perfect, white, uniform teeth, the chances are they have veneers. These are beautiful caps placed over prepared teeth which are usually made from porcelain. Each veneer is made specially for each tooth, and mimics the exact appearance of your teeth - only more uniform, and of course, whiter. These can be very expensive additions to your beauty repertoire but they do have an amazing appearance. 


If you want the veneer-look but aren’t quite ready to get individual veneers made for your teeth, you can also opt for Clip on Veneers. These are ideal for creating the veneer effect, but are available at a fraction of the price. Instead of each tooth being individually overlaid with a veneer, a sort of gum-guard is made out of the exact shape of your teeth, to create the same look. These can be removed at any time, unlike original veneers. 



Orthodontics

If you love your teeth but are uncomfortable with their alignment, orthodontic treatment is for you. Since the original braces were first worn, which were huge, uncomfortable, metallic structures which were very noticeable to others, orthodontics have changed. Now you can have your teeth realigned with very little trouble, and maintain the appearance of your smile while you do it. You can invest in clear aligners, which are like a clear mouthguard which slowly realign your teeth while maintaining a professional and almost unnoticeable appearance. These are ideal for adults looking to have their teeth realigned, without the difficult business of having visible braces.


General Care

Of course, there are simpler ways to take care of your teeth than cosmetic dentistry or orthodontics. Brushing your teeth with a high quality toothpaste twice a day for two minutes each; flossing at least once per day; regularly having dental checkups and hygienist cleans twice per year can all maintain your teeth’s health and appearance without cosmetic intervention. If you want to improve how you take care of your teeth at home, make sure you check in on your brushing and flossing techniques. 


Final Thoughts

Whatever your hangups about your smile, there’s always a solution. Speak with your dentist about improving your teeth’s appearance, and they will help you to achieve long term solutions that you can enjoy. Invest in your confidence, and you’ll find yourself beaming from ear to ear in no time. 

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