5 Ways to Improve Your Smile

Your smile says a lot about you. In fact, the people you encounter throughout your day will typically focus briefly on your mouth even before they make eye contact. They are instinctively looking for a confident, healthy smile that indicates you are open to interacting with them. That said, you want to do all you can to ensure that you are ready to flash a gorgeous grin.


Here are some tips achieving your most sensational smile:

Brush, floss, visit your dentist. It may be the same advice you’ve been hearing since you were a kid, but it’s just as spot-on today. The best way to keep your teeth clean and bright and your gums pink and healthy is to floss daily, brush twice a day, and see your dentist regularly. Your dedication to your oral health routine and yearly — or better yet twice-yearly — professional cleanings will definitely pay dividends.

Avoid staining beverages. Coffee, tea, and red wine may be delicious, but they all have one or more of three components that make them bad for your teeth: acids (which make tooth enamel rougher and softer), tannins (plant-based compounds that make it easier for stains to stick to teeth), and chromogens (strong pigments that cling to enamel). And of course, it’s not just what you drink but how much of it you consume. One trick for helping to minimize the staining power of these beverages is to drink them through a straw so they make less contact with your teeth.

Counteract acidic foods. Many foods that are otherwise very healthy are highly acidic. This includes a number of citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and oranges, as well as tomato products like salsa, ketchup, and pasta sauce. As noted above, acid weakens enamel which can lead to staining and ultimately demineralization, a process that exposes the teeth's dentin and can lead to sensitivity. To offset the acid content in these foods, it’s best to consume them with water or with other foods like nuts, cheeses, and vegetables that have a higher pH level. And it’s best not to brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic foods, as the temporarily softened enamel “resettles” after a period of time. Try just swishing with some water instead.

Prevent teeth grinding. Bruxism is a condition in which a person unconsciously clenches or grinds their teeth. It can take place during the day, but also commonly occurs when a person is asleep. The condition can lead to excessive wear and tooth damage as well as jaw disorders and headaches. Having bruxism diagnosed and treated (often with a mouth guard that is worn at night) can prevent it from having a negative impact on your smile. And by eliminating the grinding, a mouth guard can also help you sleep better, which is a bonus!

Take advantage of dental services. There are, of course, many dental procedures that can improve your smile. They include Invisalign orthodontics, teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, veneers, dental implants and more. These services are predictable, affordable, and effective.


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From preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to biocompatibility testing and nutritional supplement support, we offer all you need to achieve and maintain your optimal oral health. Please call 970-279-5647 or visit us online at elevatewillits.com to schedule your next exam with Drs. Steinbach and Van Gorden. We’ve proudly provided comprehensive dental care to Basalt, Aspen, Carbondale, and surrounding Colorado areas for 25 years.