Your smile can mean the difference between a first date and a second, and meeting a new friend or gaining an amazing opportunity. Dr. Strutz suggests, "flash those pearly whites as often as possible to the world around you." But if you’re embarrassed by your smile it may decrease the opportunities coming your way. Individuals who do not smile are associated with negative personality traits, while people who smile attract more people to them. Here are seven ways to improve your smile and your self-confidence.
1. Visit the dentist if you have excessive plaque or decay. A thorough dental cleaning and polish may be all that is needed to bring your smile back to its shining, white glory days.
2. Fix broken or cracked teeth. Keeping your natural teeth healthy is worth the investment.
3. Periodontal disease should be treated in order to stop the progression of the disease, which impacts both your gums and the bone supporting your teeth. Periodontal disease left untreated can lead, not only to problems in your mouth, but also other health concerns as well.
4. Brush and floss regularly. There is no substitute to brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. Food builds up on the surface of the teeth and can cause a host of problems. Disease can move beyond the gum line and cause red, swollen and puffy gums thus decreasing the healthy look of your smile. Dr. Strutz says, "brushing and flossing is the key component of reducing and minimizing problems with your smile."