Saying “Cheese” Without Fear — How to Achieve the Perfect Smile

smileMost people find it difficult to smile in public due to a lack of confidence in the way their smile looks. The appearance of one’s smile can be greatly influenced by a person’s facial features, with teeth, lips and eyes all playing a prominent role. If you’re after the perfect smile (the chances are, if you’re reading this you’d like it), then here are a few tips on how to achieve it:

Take care of your teeth

Taking care of teeth involves following a simple and regular oral hygiene routine. It’s advisable to brush your teeth at least twice a day using a normal or electric toothbrush. While brushing, use toothpastes containing fluoride, and brush in small circular movements. Replace your tooth brush every three months or preferably when the bristles start to lose their shape. Additionally, limit your sugary food intake. Sugars can easily be converted into harmful acids by bacteria hiding in dental plaque.

Protect your teeth from injury. Avoid using them for removing bottle tops, cracking nuts or rip opening packages. Such activities enhance chipping and breaking of teeth. Additionally, ensure you wear a full-face helmet or a mouth guard when playing dangerous sports.

It’s also important to get regular check-ups with your dentist. Dental check-ups are necessary regardless of whether you have a problem or not as dentists can help you diagnose bleeding gums and other tooth-related problems.

Make use of lipstick

You should choose lipstick that matches your skin tone perfectly. Using the right shade of lipstick can make your teeth appear whiter as most shades have the capability of minimizing the appearance of yellow discolouration.

Look after your lips

Lips easily get chapped during cold, dry and windy days, so it’s important to keep them moisturised. Lips can be moistened and smoothened by removing the flakes of dry skin using a soft and wet toothbrush, and the moisture can be sealed in using lip balm of your choice. Drinking enough water is essential, as water is the body’s natural moisturiser, protecting the lips from drying and cracking. Dehydration becomes more prevalent during winter since the air is usually drier. During such periods, it is advisable to drink warm rather than cold water.

With these tips in mind, you’ll maintain a perfect smile that will never let you down in public. They’ll all love you for it, and you’ll never have any trouble saying ‘Cheese!’

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