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10 Simple Ways to Improve Your Smile

 In General Dental

Want to know some simple ways to improve your smile without spending thousands of dollars? This blog is for you!

Your smile is one of your most powerful assets and is perfectly unique to you. From easy daily habits to affordable professional treatments, let’s help you achieve your smile goals.

1. Brush and floss those pearly whites

You would have heard it a hundred times before, but we’ll say it again! Brushing and flossing your teeth is the number one way to improve your smile. Your parents didn’t lie when they told you your teeth might fall out if you don’t!

Remembering to brush twice daily can prevent costly dental issues like tooth decay, cavities and gum disease. Plus, it keeps your teeth shiny white and your breath smelling nice and fresh, which we all know is a huge confidence boost!

Additionally, flossing can clean those tricky areas between the teeth and along the gumline, reducing the risk of gum disease and maintaining fresher breath.

For kids, encouraging proper oral hygiene habits from a young age sets the stage for a lifetime of a healthy smile. Making it a fun and interactive activity can help your little ones develop positive feelings about dental care. Check out this blog for more tips for kids.

2. Use fluoride toothpaste

One of the simplest yet most effective ways to improve your smile is by using fluoride toothpaste.

For adults, fluoride toothpaste is vital in strengthening tooth enamel. Enamel is the protective outer layer of the teeth and acts as the barrier against acids and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and cavities.

After years of soft drinks, alcohol, and other acidic food and drinks, your enamel can weaken, making the teeth more susceptible to damage. Using fluoride toothpaste regularly can remineralise and fortify the enamel, helping to prevent decay and maintain overall oral health.

Fluoride toothpaste can also be effective for children whose teeth are still developing and more prone to decay. The fluoride helps to strengthen their growing teeth, making them more resistant to acid attacks and cavities.

Please note that children under six years old should use low-fluoride ‘children’s toothpaste’. This is to avoid a condition called fluorosis (excessive fluoride intake during tooth development). Parents, keep an eye on your little ones’ brushing sessions and make sure they squeeze out no more than a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste.

3. Reduce coffee, wine and tea intake

Indulging in your favourite cup of coffee, tea or enjoying a glass of red wine can be delightful, but did you know that these beloved beverages could dim your smile’s sparkle?

The culprit? Tannins (tannic acid). These organic compounds in coffee, tea, and red wine are notorious for staining tooth enamel, gradually turning your teeth yellow and dulling your smile.

You don’t have to cut these tasty beverages out entirely. Instead, try sipping through a straw to minimise contact with your teeth or swishing water afterwards to help wash away tannins before they can really settle in. And remember, moderation is key to any guilty (or not-so-guilty) pleasure.

4. Brush with care, not with force

We know we said brushing your teeth is the number one way to improve your smile, but, like anything, you can have too much of a good thing.

Over brushing can cause more harm than good, leading to sensitive teeth and receding gums. Instead of brushing excessively and aggressively, opt for a gentler approach. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle, circular motions to clean your teeth without causing unnecessary damage.

Remember, it’s not about how hard you brush but how thoroughly you do it. Brush with care, not with force.

5. Healthy diet, healthy smile

The old-age saying “You are what you eat” holds especially true when it comes to maintaining a dazzling smile.

Incorporating nutrient-rich foods like fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, and wholesome grains into your diet is a great way to promote strong teeth, healthy gums, and a smile that sparkles from within.

Fruits and veggies like crunchy apples, crisp carrots, and leafy greens are like nature’s toothbrushes, helping to scrub away plaque and debris while stimulating saliva production – your mouth’s natural defence against decay!

Lean proteins such as chicken, fish, and legumes provide essential nutrients like phosphorus and protein, which are crucial for maintaining strong tooth enamel and supporting gum tissue health.

Whole-grain foods like brown rice, quinoa, and bread are rich in B vitamins and iron, promoting healthy gums and reducing gum disease risk.

6. No more buts! Quit now

One of the most impactful steps you can take towards a better smile is putting out that cigarette for good.

Smoking isn’t just a habit that stains your teeth—it’s a severe threat to your overall health. By kicking the habit, you’re not only preventing further staining but also significantly reducing your risk of gum disease and oral cancer. Plus, your breath (and those around it) will thank you, too!

We understand that quitting smoking isn’t always easy. That’s why we’re here to offer our support every step of the way. Whether you’re exploring options or need guidance on maintaining your oral health post-smoking, our professionals are on your side.

If you or someone in your household smokes, seek support by calling (800) QUIT-NOW or visiting smokefree.gov for valuable tips and advice on quitting.

7. Professional teeth whitening

Living life and enjoying all its pleasures can take its toll on our teeth, leaving behind stains and discolouration that dim our smiles. But don’t worry, you don’t have to cut out your favourite foods or drinks completely to regain your sparkle. Professional teeth whitening treatments are a fast, affordable and highly effective way to improve your smile!

While some DIY treatments can work for some, others may have more sensitive teeth or harder stains to lift. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products that promise quick fixes but deliver lacklustre results, professional teeth whitening is a safe, affordable and effective solution.

Our skilled Underwood and Maudsland Dental Care professionals use advanced whitening techniques and high-quality whitening agents to target stubborn stains and brighten your smile.

We guarantee to keep your teeth and gums safe throughout the whitening process, minimising the risk of painful sensitivity or other complications commonly associated with at-home whitening kits.

We also offer take-home whitening kits from as low as $150 to whiten teeth in 10 days or less. To learn if this option is a good fit for you, call our Underwood or Maudsland practices today!

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8. Consider dental restoration treatments

If your smile is struggling due to missing or chipped teeth, cavities or extensive decay, you may need to consider dental restoration treatments. While obviously more expensive than the tips and tricks above, they can completely transform your smile, boosting your confidence and restoring your oral health for years to come.

Some of our most popular dental restoration methods include:

  • Fillings: White fillings are the most aesthetic and cost-effective way to fill cavities. These fillings, crafted from tooth-coloured resin materials, restore the natural look of a decayed or previously filled tooth. We typically complete dental fillings in a single session, requiring minimal removal of healthy tooth structure during the procedure.
  • Same-day CEREC dental crowns & bridges: Dental bridges and CEREC dental crowns are two exceptional ways to restore your smile. Dental bridges seamlessly replace one or multiple missing teeth, fixing your smile and bite without surgery.

    Similarly, CEREC dental crowns are fast and convenient, crafted from high-quality porcelain in a single session. These crowns are fitted onto your natural tooth on the same day, offering long-lasting protection and attractive symmetry.

  • Veneers: Are your teeth worn at the edges, discoloured, poorly positioned or crooked? Porcelain veneers are thin shells custom-made to fit over the front surfaces of your teeth, effectively concealing imperfections and creating a brighter, whiter smile.

    The procedure typically needs little or no numbing and conserves most of your real tooth. Plus, the porcelain is see-through, letting natural light pass through, which makes it look very natural.

  • Titanium/titanium alloy dental implants: Dental implants provide a sturdy and long-lasting replacement for natural missing teeth. Our implants are expertly made from titanium or titanium alloy.

    There are various implant systems available to improve your smile, but they are best paired with our professional CEREC dental crowns and bridges.

9. Consider orthodontic treatments

Whether you’re looking to straighten crooked teeth, correct bite issues, or enhance the overall appearance of your smile, our orthodontic treatments could be the ideal choice for you! From traditional braces to modern Invisalign clear aligners, we provide personalised treatment plans to improve your smile for good.

Braces

Traditional braces are popular for adults and children, offering durability and cost-effectiveness. Traditional braces gradually align teeth using metal or ceramic brackets, wires, and elastic rings, providing predictable results and customizability with colourful options.

While less visually discreet than Invisalign, traditional braces offer a comprehensive solution for complex orthodontic issues. They may be preferred by patients who benefit from the fixed nature of braces, requiring less discipline than Invisalign.

Typically ranging from $3,000 to $9,000, traditional braces may be covered by dental insurance plans. Maudsland and Underwood Dental Care also accept all major health funds and can organise smile now, pay later plans!

Invisalign

Invisalign is a discrete solution for straightening teeth without the old ‘train-tracks’ look. Using clear, custom-made trays, Invisalign gradually aligns teeth, providing a virtually invisible option. It can provide faster outcomes, enhanced oral hygiene, and fewer check-in appointments than traditional braces. Our Invisalign packages start at $3,500, which can end up being more affordable in some cases!

Our experienced Maudsland and Underwood Dental Care dentists work with you to create a personalised treatment plan for optimal results. Of course, we also reduce financial stress by offering flexible payment options and accepting all major health funds.

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10. Book regular check-ups!

We know it can be a pain to visit the dentist. But if you haven’t been in a while, you may be surprised to learn it’s no longer a guy with a noisy drill looming over you. It’s now a seamless, gentle experience focused on your comfort and well-being. Appointments are far less invasive and stressful, supported by technological advancements and easy payment options.

Regular dental visits (ideally every six months) are vital in preserving your oral health and smile. Professional teeth cleaning by your dentist can help eliminate stubborn stains and plaque buildup that can be challenging to remove with at-home brushing. Addressing dental issues early on prevents them from escalating to more severe conditions, saving money, stress and pain in the long run.

Both of our Maudsland and Underwood clinics boast modern, comfortable environments. We pride ourselves on providing gentle, pain-free dental care that makes the whole family feel and look great!

Ready to turn that frown upside down?

Take the first step towards a brighter, healthier smile by booking a consult with Maudsland or Underwood Dental Care today. Our team is known for providing exceptional personalised care using state-of-the-art technology and treatments. Don’t delay any longer—book now and let us help you improve your smile!

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