When it comes to taking care of our looks and the pursuit of beauty, we often get hung up on color cosmetics or even the latest miracle illuminating primer, but that approach risks overlooking the fundamentals – skin, hair, teeth and nails – which do so much to make or break our looks.
Taking good care of these assets provides the ideal canvas for your natural beauty to shine through – no matter how much or how little makeup you wear!
Our smiles are one of the first things people notice about us, and they have the power to make us more magnetic in person, and more photogenic on our Instagram grid. So how can you take your smile from so-so to sensational?
Correct Your Brushing Technique
The number one way to give your smile some extra finesse? Ensure that you’re using the right products and techniques for your daily brushing, flossing and rinsing regime.
Research by the American Academy of Periodontists shows that most people don’t know the correct method for polishing those pearly whites. Work with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. This helps the bristles to reach under the gumline and work out any plaque.
Set a timer or use a tooth brushing app to ensure that you go for two minutes, and don't forget to clean the backs of your teeth. Flossing daily is equally as important, so don't be tempted to skip it. Invest in a good electric toothbrush and finish up with a mouthwash designed to prevent plaque building up overnight.
Investigate Smile Fixes
Sometimes, all your smile needs is a new minor adjustment to be perfect.
The latest cosmetic dentistry techniques are simple and can make a huge difference to your appearance. We've come a long way since the days of veneers and there are now lots of options which are less invasive.
From repairing minor chips, to upgrading older amalgam fillings with white fiberglass, using Invisalign to straighten a crooked smile or close gaps, even to Botox to fix your gum line or laser whitening to lift the color several shades, your teeth are a great investment for health and beauty.
Find a good cosmetic dentist by searching certified boards and looking for previous customer reviews. Go for a consultation and find out how much you could improve your teeth.
Go For A White Hot Finish
There's a reason why the teeth whitening effect is one of the most popular filters on selfie-editing apps like Facetune – a gorgeously white smile is on most people's wish lists.
If your smile is more stained than sexy, there are plenty of at-home fixes available these days. Coffee, red wine and other drinks are often the cause behind discolored teeth, and lighter staining can be effectively removed with at-home whitening strips, overnight teeth whitening pens or even some of the new toothpaste and mouthwashes which contain additional whitening agents.
If you aren't keen on abrasive chemicals, then go the natural route and try oil-pulling with coconut oil, which has a whitening and anti-bacterial effect which can protect against decay and staining.