3 Ways To Help Improve And Restore The Appearance Of Your Smile

Posted on: 3 August 2018

Your smile and the appearance of your teeth is one of the first things others notice about you, and you only have one chance to make a first impression. Fortunately, if you are not happy with the appearance of your smile, there are procedures and practices you can use to improve it. Here are three different ways you can improve and restore the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Professional Aligning

One of the most popular ways to restore your smile, whether you are experiencing overcrowding with your teeth, improper tooth eruption, or an improper bite, is with a professional orthodontist. An orthodontist can use one of a variety of ways to slowly move your teeth into their correct position. And you can benefit from dental braces at any age. You don't have to be young to have braces, as one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18, according to the American Association of Orthodontists.

Depending on your preference, you can choose from traditional wire braces installed on the front of your teeth or on the back of your teeth. You can also have clear braces placed on your teeth to make the appearance of your braces more discreet. Then, there is also the option of wearing a series of clear teeth retainers, which fit over your teeth and slowly adjust the position of your teeth without being visible to others.

If you are experiencing a severe under-bite or over-bite, you may need to have surgery to correct the improper formation of your jaw. For less-severe crossbites, your orthodontist can use metal wire braces to move your teeth into the correct forward position.

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Natural Teeth-Whitening

There are several natural treatments you can do on your own to help the health and appearance of your teeth. Oil pulling is one practice that helps to clean your teeth and mouth of toxins, plaque, and bacteria, and also whitens your teeth safely and without harsh chemicals.

To practice oil pulling, take a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around in your mouth for up to 20 minutes in the morning before you eat or drink anything. Spit the oil into the trash and rinse your mouth with clean water and brush your teeth, as usual.

At-Home Prevention

Taking proper care of your teeth and gums can benefit their appearance. If you experience tooth loss, it can affect the alignment of your teeth and the structure of your jaw and facial bones. When you lose a tooth from your jaw, the underlying jawbone no longer receives stimulation when you chew foods, which reduces blood flow to that part of the bone and leads to bone atrophy. So, good dental hygiene to keep all your teeth intact is an important daily habit you should get into. Be sure to brush and floss daily, and see your dentist regularly for cleanings and dental check-ups to find any problems early.

Eating healthy foods is helpful for keeping your teeth free of decay. Avoid foods that are high in phytic acid, such as grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. The phytic acids in these foods bind to the nutrients in the foods, such as iron and calcium that are beneficial to your teeth and bones, causing your body to not be able to absorb these teeth-healthy nutrients. As a result, your teeth begin to lose their strength and are at greater risk of decay.

Soak, sprout, or ferment some foods high in phytates to greatly reduce the phytate levels and to make them less damaging to your teeth. Be sure to eat a balanced diet, full of foods containing the nutrients and vitamins your teeth need to stay strong.