If it seems like everyone but you has a great smile, you aren’t alone. Millions of people hope for a more attractive grin, but many are unsure how to make that dream come true. The truth is a great smile is made up of many different features – alignment, tooth shape, and color, just to name a few. Some problems are an easy fix, whereas others may seem impossible to fix. Either way, there is no need to settle for the hand you are dealt. In this post, we’ll cover five secrets for the brilliant smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Straighten Your Teeth

It wouldn’t be a smile ‘secret’ if everyone knew you were doing it, right? When it comes to straighter teeth, there’s no need to sport a mouth full of metal if you only need some minor to moderate adjustments. With today’s clear aligner technology, it’s possible to get straighter teeth in just months – all as discreetly as possible. You can eat the same foods, enjoy fewer in-office appointments, and gradually improve the appearance of your smile without the embarrassment of traditional braces. Simply ask your Houston dentist here at Briter Dental for more information about Invisalign and whether it could be right for you.

Lay Off the Sauce for Pearly Whites

Believe it or not, pasta sauce is notorious for causing unsightly stains on the porous surfaces of the teeth. It’s easily absorbed into the enamel, leaving an ugly tint behind. Of course, that’s not the only ‘sauce’ that could be changing your tooth shade. Red wine is another notorious culprit, as are other darkly tinted beverages like coffee and tea. If you’re a frequent pasta-eater or wine-drinker, consider a switch to white versions instead. Alternatively, you could make a point to brush your teeth immediately after consuming dark foods (but never before).

Get a Shade Upgrade

If despite your good oral habits you still don’t love the shade of your teeth, it may be time to talk with your Katy dentist about professional tooth whitening. This not-so-secret trick of the trade has long been used by patients who want quick results with professional oversight. Unlike drugstore varieties, professional tooth whitening treatments are customized according to your individual needs. Prescription-strength whitening solutions also tend to be stronger and more effective – just what you need to start flashing a brighter smile.

Try Smile Exercises

Exercise is good for your body’s muscles – even the ones in your face. If you are hoping for a more attractive smile, a two-minute daily work-out could get the job done. Start by flattening your lips tightly together and using your facial muscles to pull the corners of your mouth as widely apart as possible. Hold this lateral smile until your facial muscles ache slightly, and then release. Do it again, but this time attempt to wiggle your nose up and down while holding the position. Finally, suck in your cheeks and stick your lips out. Then, activate your smile muscles without actually smiling. Hold this position for five seconds, and release.

Consider a Total Smile Makeover

If at the end of the day you simply dislike the size, shape, and overall appearance of your teeth, all is not lost. There is still one more ‘secret’ that can have you smiling confidently in no time. They are called dental veneers, and they are used to radically transform the appearance of the teeth. In fact, many celebrities have used dental veneers to get the movie-star smiles they are known for.

Dental veneers are translucent porcelain shells affixed to the front of the teeth. They are custom sized, shaped, and shaded to fit the patient to provide a natural-looking smile. You can keep your real teeth, but enjoy the look and feel of new ones. Dental veneers can provide many years of smile confidence, but they aren’t for everyone. To find out if you could be a candidate, contact our office to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation today.