4 Ways to Fall in Love with Your Smile

  It’s been said that smiling can immediately improve your mood, but your smile has also been connected to your self-confidence.  The better we feel about our appearance, the better we feel and the more confidence we have.  Here are 4 ways to improve your smile and your confidence on Valentine’s Day and every other day of the year.  

Straightening Your Teeth with Invisalign

If your teeth need straightening, Invisalign may be a great option for you.  Having braces as an adult can be embarrassing for some people; because they’re clear, Invisalign allows you to straighten your teeth without having to display metal braces.  Also, these braces are removable making cleaning and eating much easier.  

Whiten Your Teeth

There are many teeth whitening products on the market, from whitening strips to at-home whitening lasers.  While teeth whitening products can be effective, they can lead to painful side effects like extreme tooth pain or damage to your gums.   Whitening toothpastes work to improve your smile by removing surface stains on your teeth.  The toothpastes contain polishing or chemical agents to gently remove the stains.  The American Dental Association (ADA) has a list of approved whitening toothpastes, which include the brands Crest, Colgate, and Tom’s of Maine.  Using a whitening toothpaste in your daily brushing routine can gradually improve the appearance of your teeth.   The most effective and safest way to whiten your teeth is to have them professionally whitened by a dental professional.  At Greenspoint Dental we offer traditional teeth whitening and a faster, one-hour procedure called Zoom!.  If your valentine wants a whiter smile, give the gift of confidence through one of our teeth whitening specials.  

Eat What’s Good for Your Teeth

Water is one of the best ways to fight cavities.  When you drink water, you wash away acid-producing foods in your mouth that could otherwise lead to tooth decay.  Pair wine with a gourmet cheese this Valentine’s Day.  Cheeses and milk help protect your enamel, buffering acids that break down your tooth’s enamel.  If you’re out to eat or cooking at home this Valentine’s Day, opt for fish.  Foods that reduce inflammation can help prevent gum disease (inflamed gums are a sign of gingivitis), so enjoy a salmon entree by candlelight.  There are lots of delicious foods that are also good for your teeth.  

Stop Tooth-Destroying Habits

While there are many ways to help strengthen your teeth, there are many common habits that can severely damage your teeth.  Refrain from chewing on ice and don’t open things with your teeth because you can crack or break your teeth.  Biting your fingernails can damage your teeth and gums, and can also introduce potentially harmful bacteria from under your nails.  

Daily Oral Care

In order to have a beautiful smile, you have to take care of your teeth.  Remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day, and visit your dentist every six months.  A regular oral care routine will help fight cavities, tooth decay, and staining.   To schedule a whitening or a restorative dental procedure to give you a smile you’ll love, contact Greenspoint Dental in Houston, Texas. We are dedicated to providing you and your loved ones with the best dental care.