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3 Tips on Improving Your Smile

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Smiling really does make you feel better

If you ever wanted to do something positive for someone else, there is an easy solution. Smile. Very few things have the same impact as that of a bright beautiful smile. Your smile conveys warmth, happiness, and confidence, all of which are things that are worthy of spreading around.

Your smile says a lot about you and your personality, even to virtual strangers. After all, first impressions really do matter. Besides the way you dress and your overall appearance, people often judge you by your facial expressions. You've probably seen people smiling awkwardly or nervously betraying their lack of confidence. You don't want to be one of those people, do you?

Unless you've been blessed with naturally straight and white teeth which I am not, chances are you probably have something you want to change about your teeth. Are your teeth crooked? Do you have gaps in between them? Are they a little more yellow than you would like? Fortunately, these cosmetic dental problems can be fixed quite easily with at-home kits or a few in-office visits. Want to know more? Teeth whitening, veneers and braces are all effective and popular methods of enhancing your smile.

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My teeth to be honest are one of my biggest confidence knock backs, I have always had a few issues - the most recent is a crown that broke off and still needs to be repaired - I feel like everyone is staring at it even though I know that it's near the back and I am probably over thinking it, but in the next year I would like to make some improvements such as the following....

Teeth whitening

Your teeth naturally darken as you age, and they will darken even quicker if you have poor dental habits like drinking red wine, tea, coffee, and smoking. If you wish to have pearly whites but otherwise feel confident about your smile, teeth whitening is all you need. Teeth whitening is the most economical way to improve your smile in the shortest amount of time. You can either opt for an in-surgery treatment or simply use take-home kits to administer the whitening treatment yourself. Your dentist will discuss which is the best treatment option for you.


Veneers solve much deeper problems than simply darkened teeth. If your teeth are chipped, worn down, broken, uneven, strangely shaped, or have gaps in them, you can use veneers to correct them and make them look more attractive. Made from either porcelain or resin composite materials, dental veneers cover the front surface of your teeth. They are custom made and mimic the natural colour of your teeth.

Depending on the type of veneers, you will be required to visit your dentist two or three times for the initial consultation and the treatment process. Whether you have just one tooth that needs correcting or multiple teeth that need fixing, your dentist that specialises in veneers in Liverpool can help create the kind of makeover you desire for a more beautiful smile.


Your teeth can have structural issues that prevent you from feeling confident about your smile. Braces are often the preferred method that is used to straighten crooked teeth and the entire process, from start to finish, can take anything between 18 to 24 months. This might seem inconvenient, but it's a minor time investment considering the decades of confidence you'll incur.

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Besides going to a dentist or an orthodontist for professional treatments, you can do several things on your own to improve your smile. If you're a woman, wearing the right shade of lipstick can minimise the yellowness of your teeth. Needless to say, keeping your teeth clean with proper dental hygiene, daily brushing, and flossing always helps. Having a smile that you’re proud and eager to show off will undoubtedly make you feel more confident and happy in yourself and the importance of dental hygiene is also something I really want to pass onto my son.

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  1. I agree smiling is the best gift, I am told I have the best smile (mama told me so) so I smile like tomorrow will never come. I am fortunate not to need braces but I have too many fillings and I need a crown soon as my root canal filling just fell off but they are too damn expensive x

  2. I really think the best accessory you can have is a great smile and although I hated it at the time, I glad I had braces in my teens x


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