Your smile is often the first thing people will notice about you, and a good smile will signal to others that you are a warm, friendly and approachable person. Therefore, if you don’t like your smile because you have “bad” teeth, this could seriously hinder your personal relationships and ability to connect with others.

If you want to feel more confident about your smile, it needs to look its best. Here are 8 simple ways you can improve your teeth and, in turn, your smile today.


1. Practice better dental hygiene

If you want your teeth to look healthy and be healthy, so that you are more confident to smile widely, it is absolutely essential that you practice excellent dental hygiene and that you commit to a daily routine.

You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice morning and night (remembering not to be too tough on the gums), floss daily and use an antibacterial mouthwash. You should also replace your toothbrush every few months to prevent harmful bacteria build up.

Without a proper dental routine, you will risk falling victim to a number of dental issues, small and large. For example, if you don’t brush and floss daily, you will experience a buildup of plaque and tartar, which could then lead to more serious problems such as tooth decay or gum disease. If serious issues are left untreated they could even lead to eventual tooth loss, which certainly won’t make you more confident about your smile.

Maintaining a good dental routine is inexpensive and uncomplicated, and if you keep it up you will notice that your teeth will be whiter and brighter, and you will feel better about showing them off when you smile.

You should also ensure that you visit your dentist for regular checkups. Twice annually is usually enough, but if you have any concerns about the health of your mouth, or want to get a professional opinion on fixing your smile, make an appointment with a dental professional ASAP.


2. Consider braces

Another reason you may not like your smile is that you have crooked teeth. Getting braces fitted for a number of months is a great solution, as they have the ability to completely transform your smile and boost your confidence.

“Traditional” braces (also known as “train tracks”) are visible metal wires that are glued to the teeth to straighten them. They are associated mostly with adolescence, common in teenagers and young adults, which may be off-putting for adults who are considering orthodontics. A good alternative to traditional-style braces is “invisible” braces like Invisalign.

Fixing crooked teeth with braces may be expensive and time-consuming, but the results are always worth it - should you follow the instructions of your dentist.


3. Consider veneers

Another great way to improve your smile is to get veneers. Veneers are thin tooth-coloured shells that are fitted to the front of the teeth to give the illusion of a strong, healthy and natural-looking smile. They are perfect for people who want to conceal chips or cracks in their teeth. Talk to your dentist today about whether or not you are a candidate for veneers.


4. Wear flattering makeup

If you’re averse to dental work (or simply can’t afford it) you should experiment with makeup. Wearing a flattering lipstick or gloss in a red or pink shade, for example, will be eye-catching and actually detract attention away from your teeth. This is a great way to boost your confidence when smiling.


5. Whiten your teeth

One of the most popular ways to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. You can do this at home with at-home whitening products, or do it “naturally” with foods and ingredients you already have in your kitchen cupboard. Or, if you have a larger budget, you can get your teeth professionally whitened.

In an ideal scenario, you would get your teeth whitened by a professional who will be able to advise you on discolouration and expertly distribute the whitening gel so that the result is flawless. Going down the professional route may also mean that your results are longer-lasting and that you can have regular touch-ups.

At-home whitening kits such as over-the-counter whitening strips and “whitening toothpaste” are a low-cost version, though are not necessarily effective. They can also seriously damage your teeth if not used correctly.

If you are wary about whitening kits, you may first choose to experiment with natural remedies to brighten and whiten your gnashers. For example, you could try “oil pulling” using coconut oil, which extracts toxins from your mouth and results in overall better oral health and whiter teeth. Simple swirl a spoonful of coconut oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes (being careful not to swallow) and then spit it out. This has been said to be effective, though it’s not exactly efficient or easy.

You could also try brushing your teeth with baking soda to lift any stains, though this comes with its own dangers - you don’t want to be too abrasive and harm the teeth.

Lastly, you should try eating more naturally whitening fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, apples and pineapples. This is especially effective if you munch on them after you’ve even a food that is “staining”, i.e. coffee or red meat.


6. Watch what you eat

Leading on from the above point, there are some foods that will more likely stain your teeth over time. These include coffee, tea, red meat, dark berries, wine, tomato, curry, etc. You shouldn’t necessarily avoid them completely, but if you want to keep your teeth looking fresh and white you should rinse your mouth after eating them. That being said, if you get your teeth professionally whitened your dentist may advise you to steer clear of these foods to get the most out of the whitening treatment.

You should also be careful not to consume too many foods that can crack your tooth or wear away at them, such as hard candies. These tooth damages are harder to tackle later down the line.


7. Stop smoking

Finally, the easiest way to improve your smile is to quit smoking. Not only does smoking put you at greater risk of many cancers, but it can seriously discolour your teeth and make them yellow, which will ruin your smile.


Conclusion

Loving your smile is key to your happiness and your confidence. By following the 7 simple tips, you will have a 5-star smile in no time at all.