Most of us know that a smile is one of the best gifts you can give. It’s a sign that you’re happy, friendly, or pleased to see someone. It makes others feel welcome, at ease, and assured you are content with their company. But not all of us take good care of our smiles. And far more goes into a good smile than you might think. Here are five ways you can look after your smile, whatever your age:
Good Oral Hygiene
Taking care of our teeth twice a day is essential to ensure we have clean, bright, white teeth. Brushing isn’t enough, though. As we age, our teeth become more prone to damage, staining, and weakness. Flossing helps to keep the gum line healthy, but regular visits to the dentist are essential to ensure there are no other problems. Avoiding fizzy drinks and sugary foods can help reduce the risk of cavities.
Some teeth can become worn or damaged. You may even need to have teeth removed if cavities are extensive. You might be wondering what is the difference between crowns and bridges. Broken teeth can be restored with a crown. You can also use a dental bridge to hold artificial teeth. Of course, they are the preference to having a gappy smile or jagged teeth. They can be used to restore a beautiful smile. Crowns are bridges tend to be the cheaper alternative to dental implants.
As we age, the skin can dry out. When we smile, the dryness is more obvious. It can give the appearance of deeper wrinkles, and a dull complexion. A good skin care routine helps reduce these effects. Keep your skin soft by using an alcohol-free cleanser and toner each day. A good moisturizer should lock in the natural moisture of your skin while offering the top layers a little extra softening. Drink lots of water, and eat a healthy diet to provide your skin cells with the nutrients they need.
You can use makeup to enhance your natural, beautiful smile. Start with opening up the eyes. Eyeliner, shadow and mascara can help highlight the beauty of your eyes. A good foundation that helps your skin to glow and shimmer can also enhance your smile. Use a little blush across the cheekbones to give you a natural looking glow. Keep lips soft and plump with moisturizing lip balm. Finally, add a pinkish gloss to highlight your lips as you smile.
Your posture will give you away if your smile is fake. Keep your head held high and maintain eye contact when you smile. Your shoulders should be relaxed. Keep the down and back to ensure your spine is as straight as it can be. Don’t cross your legs or your arms, but instead keep your body language open and friendly. This will show people you have confidence, and your smile will be more effective.
There are lots of reasons for smiling. Sometimes we smile because it’s part of our job. But mostly, we love smiling when we’re with the ones we love. Keep your smile beautiful.