How to get a picture-perfect smile without cosmetic surgery, in 5 minutes or less!
The 'perfect smile' lifts spirits, opens doors, and goes a long way with creating confident relationships with others and yourself but what is the perfect smile?
How do you get the confidence to put your teeth on show rather than hide it behind your hand each time you smile? Traditionally, people with confidence issues related to teeth or their smiles go for corrective surgery but the problem is cosmetic surgery is expensive in Australia making that out of reach for most. So this brings us to the question, is it possible to get the perfect smile without braces or surgery?
Step 1: Straighten your Teeth Without Braces for the Perfect Smile, is it possible?
How severe is the problem? The thing is some oral problems are not fixable without braces. However, conditions such as limited overcrowding, narrow upper jaw or malocclusion can be treated using retainers, expanders and appliances designed to adjust the position of your jaw.
This raises the next question.
Which is better at straightening teeth - braces, or Invisalign?
Most adults don't fancy the idea of walking around in braces but there is an alternative. Invisalign is a relatively more expensive alternative to braces that helps to straighten teeth and is available to both kids and adults. The treatment is attractive to some because unlike braces, Invisalign as the name suggests is fairly difficult to notice when someone is wearing and you can take it off anytime you choose.
When it comes down to the question, which is better? I'd say it depends on you! To clarify, Invisalign carries advantages such as you will wear them for a shorter time (6 to 8 months) whereas braces take on an average of 2 years. Also, you don't have to suffer wire related discomfort or food getting stuck in wires. And of course the most convenient, Invisalign is removable.
Braces on the other hand have the advantage that they are more effective at treating complex issues. However, you don't have the option to take them off and forego treatment. Plus no extra cleaning requirements, besides the necessary flossing and brushing.
Are straight teeth that important?
Straight teeth contribute to the perfect smile in that they are easier to clean and pleasant to look at. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and floss properly which can result in disease. On top of all that, research has shown straight teeth evokes a natural confidence in people.
For teens, more confidence means you can hold a stronger conviction to be who you are. For adults this means confident conversations resulting in better connections because it takes away the feeling of trying to hide something.
If you are looking for the perfect smile the first step is straightening your teeth. Talk to a dentist and figure out what's best for you.
Step 2: Keep your Teeth and Gums Healthy to get the Perfect Smile
Oral health should not be relied on perfectly straight teeth alone. You might have the perfect teeth but you may also have swollen, red, inflamed, or tender gums. Which leads us into our next question; how do I know if I have gum disease?
Start by asking a few questions:
Do your gums bleed easy?
Have your gums pulled away from teeth?
Are your gums swollen, red, or tender?
Are your teeth separating or feeling loose?
Is a bad taste or breath consistent?
If the answer is 'YES' to any of the above, here are some solutions to consider.
Get a quality water flosser and electric toothbrush
Water flossers and electric toothbrushes carry the advantage of pressure regulation. What do we mean by this?
Most gum problems are caused by irritation. For example, maybe you brush too hard, consume hardy foods or you simply neglect oral care. What usually happens is you brush your teeth too hard leading to receding gums and/or enamel wear. This condition will or may transition into more painful problems such as tooth sensitivity or infections.
The easiest way to get around this problem is to invest in a quality electric toothbrush and water flosser. Why?
Less pressure on gums and a timer on your electric brush will tell you when to stop or take a break during brushing.
I must also mention that your electric toothbrush’s head must be replaced every three months. Just like your teeth, bacteria and fungi grow on toothbrushes too and this issue is aggravated by worn-out bristles that tend to clump together.
If you don't change your brush or brush heads every six months, it will lead to:
How do you prevent oral infections, cavities, and tooth loss?
Brush regularly, 2 to 3 times daily.
Use an electric toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste, and water flosser.
Use gentle strokes when brushing, don't scrub.
Get a new brush or brush head after you've had strep throat, cold, or any other infectious oral disease.
READ: LINK TO (Deep mouth cleaning complete guide: what is the best oral care routine?
The Perfect Smile, How can I Make my Smile more Attractive?
Smiling is a social tool that tells the people around you how comfortable, confident, or how none of these things you are. All it takes is a careful look at your facial muscles, eyes and the way you pull off a smile.
That means a fake or phony smile is very easy to distinguish from a genuine one. The perfect smile is one that just happens on its own.
What's keeping you from acing the perfect smile are thoughts like "I should hide my teeth", "maybe there is something stuck up there" and other self conscious thoughts surrounding your mouth.
So how do you make your smile more attractive?
1. Take care of your face
Practicing good oral hygiene doesn't take away the need to practice facial care because you see, your smile affects almost all muscles in your face and these muscles are covered in skin. Which means you have to take care of your skin that holds your smile. Taking care of your facial skin means it needs:
Protection from harmful UV rays.
Gentle soap and moisturizer perfect for your skin type.
A healthy diet.
2. Don't forget to smile with your eyes
Fake smiles never reach your eyes and this is always the first dead giveaway your smile is not the perfect smile. The perfect smile is one that reaches the person's eyes as this exudes genuinity which people respond well to.
3. Get over eye contact anxiety!
Eye contact anxiety is a problem that makes you feel judged or scrutinized whenever you look someone in the eyes, its effects can be lessened by simply giving your confidence a boost. As we have seen, straightening your teeth and proper oral care has been shown to boost confidence. Think about it, if you know that there is no obvious flaw on your face and teeth, you will smile more, right?
To perfect eye engagement, social experts recommend:
Make eye contact before you start talking.
When making gestures such as nodding, break your gaze.
Instead of looking away when talking, look at another spot on the face of the person you're conversing with.
Don't look down when you look away.
When you look, do it slowly.
4. Know when to smile
Even with perfect teeth and gums. Smiling without cause comes off as creepy or can be interpreted as a lack of confidence. From the obvious of avoiding smiling when something inappropriate such as a death has happened. Especially be sure not to smile when a situation is making you uncomfortable as this can lead people to think you are okay with this situation, when instead you are not. Here are some social tips around smiling:
Smile when talking on the phone as practice and to create a positive vibe during conversations.
Instead of frowning during a disagreement, smile softly instead of scowling as a show of respect.
Always leave with a smile when you part ways with someone.
Your body language should reflect your mood.
Always make eye contact when smiling.
Smile with your whole face, not just the mouth.
How many teeth should you see when you smile?
According to restorative implant dentist, Dr harper, most of us show at least eight upper teeth and 6 lower teeth when we smile or talk. However, that does not mean that you should start counting teeth, it simply means smiling in a way naturally to you that shows teeth.
How do you Practice Smiling?
Say 'money' instead of cheese…even though money is always nice - it's not about the thought of money rather, how your face looks when you say money. Try it at home, look at yourself in the mirror and say money. You will notice that if you are in the right mood, saying money uses the same muscles you use while smiling.
The perfect smile doesn't stop there, there is a psychological aspect to it. By that I mean, thinking about things that make you happy when smiling, makes your smile appear more natural. Furthermore, when feeling nervous or around a tough crowd, calm yourself by closing your eyes for a second and breathing deeply, this will take the weight off your shoulders and encourage a genuine smile.
Remember, smiling stimulates your brain's reward mechanism in ways other stimuli cannot match. Let your face feel the difference when smiling, feed yourself positive thoughts and exercise facial muscles regularly.
And don't forget, "smile with your eyes", if you're still unsure what we mean, let us explain.
Smiling involves the use of zygomaticus major muscle that lifts the corners of your muscles, whereas orbicularis oculi raise the cheeks. Dumbed down, these muscles cause ‘laugh lines’ outside the corners of your eyes, and that's where "laughing with your eyes" comes from.
How do you smile with your eyes?
Squint a little
Move muscles around the eye when smiling.
Tilt or turn your head slightly away from the camera or person you're talking to.
Giggle to yourself or tell a joke to lighten the mood.
Know your 'good side'.
Overall, the perfect smile means different things to different people. That means, your teeth don't have to be perfect and you don't have to spend thousands on cosmetic surgery if you can't afford it. So, at Roaman we say, the perfect smile boils down to one thing. Proper oral care and why is this?