With Valentine’s day fast approaching whether you are long term coupled or just starting something new, it is the perfect time to give your smile a once over to ensure that you are kiss ready! The appearance of your teeth and smile is one of the first things someone will notice about you and is as important as your hair and outfit when making a good first impression.
We asked our dentists to give us their 5 top tips for a kissable smile and this is what they said:
1. Visit us here at The Essex Smile Centre regularly
It may sound obvious but you’d be amazed how many people avoid the dentist. However, it is incredibly important that you make time for your regular dental appointments enabling any problems to be identified early and treated quickly and hygienist scale and polishes ensure that you keep your teeth clean, white and healthy for a lifetime.
2. Beware of stains
Foods and drinks that may stain your top, also have the ability to stain your teeth. Smoking can also make your teeth appear darker or duller. The only way to stop this is to avoid these food and drinks and stopping smoking.
3. Pay attention to your whole mouth
It sounds simple but it is important to take care of your whole mouth. You should brush your teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste and use interdental brushes to clean between your teeth daily. This will help to ensure that you keep tooth decay and periodontal disease at bay, making your teeth brighter and whiter. It is also important that you exfoliate and moisturise your lips. If you are worried about lines and wrinkles around your mouth, you may want to consider dermal fillers to help plump and firm skin.
4. Use an antibacterial/fluoride mouthwash
Mouthwashes can help to get to some places we sometimes miss from brushing and interdental cleaning. They also have the ability to lower the bacteria count in your mouth helping the freshen your breath.
5. Cosmetic dentistry
You may not have time to get anything extensive completed before Valentine’s day, but you could get a smile makeover, Invisalign or veneers booked in ready for the summer so you have something to be excited about, even if you can’t smile about it just yet! Alternatively, there may still be time to get teeth whitening. With professional in chair teeth whitening you can see fantastic results in as little as an hour.