Looking for your perfect smile? Don’t get too hung up on a gap tooth or a thin lip. The truth is, there’s no one look that’s better than any other. Practice to find a smile you like, so you have the confidence to show it off to the world. Tooth-whitening treatments are available but don’t fall into the trap of damaging your oral health with excessive treatment. In the long run, healthy teeth will lead to the best smile.
Boost your confidence. The perfect smile doesn’t need Hollywood teeth or a certain shape of lips. Smile in order to make others feel happy, open, and comfortable. People will care more about the reason behind your smile than its appearance. The advice below will help you adjust how your smile looks, but that’s icing on the cake.
Find a mirror and relax. Look in the mirror and relax your facial muscles and shoulders. If you’re tense, gently rub your cheeks and forehead. Clench and relax your jaw a couple times.
Think of something happy. A genuine smile is the best smile. Think of a fun memory or recent event, your friends, or your crush. Even an embarrassing story from your childhood can make you smile.
Adjust your eyes. One of the key differences between a real smile and a fake one is a change in the muscles around your eyes. Any of these can work:
Practice a formal smile. Start by practicing a formal smile for a work or school photograph. Keep your teeth closed together. You can keep your lips closed or flash a lot of teeth, whichever you prefer.
Make a friendly smile. This is a subtle, small smile you’d use at a social gathering, to catch someone’s attention. Press your lips together and pull them wide. Hold the smile for just a second, long enough for the other person to notice. Here are a few variations on this:
Show off a giant smile. Open your mouth so your teeth aren’t touching, and give a giant, wide smile. Raise your eyebrows as you do this. This smile says “I’m having a great time!”
Floss every day. Floss once or twice a day, just before you brush your teeth. This removes plaque from between your teeth, preventing a build-up of yellow or off-white plaque.
Brush your teeth twice daily. For clean, healthy teeth, brush twice a day for at least two or three minutes. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride for the best results. Brush gently, especially around the gum line. Rough brushing won’t make your teeth cleaner, and may even damage your gums.
Try home whitening treatments. If a simple flossing and brushing regimen isn’t enough to whiten your teeth, you may want to try a whitening treatment. These home remedies are a good first step since they are much cheaper than drugstore options.
Be careful with professional whitening treatments. All of the following can be very painful for people with cavities or sensitive gums, or anyone who overuses them. That said, they can be very effective at hiding stains on teeth. Here are a few options:
Reduce exposure to staining substances. Coffee, black tea, and wine can all stain your teeth. Try drinking these through a straw or reducing the amount you take. Smoking can also stain your teeth, so consider quitting the habit of switching to an e-cigarette or vaporizer. These don’t cause staining due to a lack of smoke, but their long term effects are unknown.
Keep your lips smooth. Don’t forget that your smile features your lips as well. Take care of your lips using these techniques:
Consider having dental work done. In most cases, the shape of your teeth is not an obstacle to a great smile. Crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth can even look adorable. If you can’t stand your teeth, however, your dentist or orthodontist has many tools to reshape them.
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