Smile Gotcha Frowning? Here Are 5 Great Ways to Fix Your Smile

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Do you often find yourself smiling without showing your teeth because you’re self-conscious about the way your teeth look?

It’s time to figure out what would make your smile better.

There are some easy ways to maintain your teeth like brushing and flossing regularly, scheduling checkups with your dentist, and keeping an eye on your sugar intake. But there are still some things you can do if you require something more serious than general maintenance.

Here are some great ways to fix your smile!

1. Braces

If you want straighter teeth, braces are the most common option. Metal brackets are attached to your teeth and will straighten your teeth, close any gaps, and fix your bite over time. 

If the thought of having visible braces makes you uncomfortable, you can get lingual braces that are positioned on the inside of your teeth.

2. Removable Aligners

Another option for those of you who want straighter teeth, but don’t want to commit to braces, removable aligners are a clear casing that molds to your teeth and slowly moves them into place. The aligner can be taken out and kept in a case.

If you just need to correct a misaligned bite without straightening your teeth, you can forgo the aligners and opt for a cheaper retainer.

3. Teeth Whitening Treatments

Teeth can become yellow or grayish due to improper care, staining from foods, smoking, or simply getting older. Whether you have stained teeth from drinking too much coffee or yellowing teeth from your enamel wearing down, there are some things you can do to bring back the pearly white color!

To whiten your teeth at home, you can use a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, as well as whitening toothpaste or whitening products from any drugstore. However, for best results, consult your dentist. Their treatments are often more effective and last longer.

4. Dental Implant Surgery

To replace a missing tooth, consider dental implant surgery. A screw-like post is surgically placed in your jaw to serve as the roots for a missing tooth and act as an anchor for a crown or bridge. 

The surgery may have to be performed in stages, with healing time set between operations to ensure proper bone growth. The entire process can take a few months.

5. Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an inexpensive way to fix any cracks or chips you may have in your teeth. A dentist will roughen the area of the tooth you want to fix and apply a tooth-colored resin to the area, shaping it to look natural and smooth.

Dental bonding is less expensive than having a crown or veneer put in, but may not last as long.

Different Ways to Fix Your Smile

Whether it’s a minor touch-up or a surgical procedure, these ways to fix your smile will have you grinning from ear to ear! Just be sure to talk to a dentist before deciding on anything major.

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