The secrets behind a beautiful smile

Our smile is important. When we first meet someone, a smile flashed in our direction makes us feel comfortable and warm. A genuine smile encourages others to smile back and conveys an honest emotion. Smiling not only makes us feel better, but it also makes others feel better.

Sadly, there are some people who are reluctant to smile because they are self conscious about the appearance of their teeth, whether it is due to damage, discoloration, or other reasons. A person who is unable to smile or only smiles with closed lips can come across as insincere, and people may feel that the individual is hiding something.

A rare smile from Victoria Beckham

A rare smile from Victoria Beckham

To maintain a good smile, you should visit your dentist regularly. Regular dental checks will ensure that your teeth remain healthy. Dentists will check not only the health of your teeth, but also the gums, as gum disease can result in tooth loss. Your dentist will check for plaque build-up, chipped, cracked or loose teeth and damaged fillings. If a problem is detected earlier, it will be easier and less expensive to treat. Dentists can also carry out cosmetic treatments that will repair teeth and improve an individual’s smile.

But you can also create that perfect smile through cosmetic dentistry, which can help to correct more serious problems, as well as using porcelain veneers to improve teeth which are chipped, uneven or discoloured. Cosmetic dentistry was once thought to be the preserve of the rich or of celebrities who had less than perfect teeth, but through reputable companies like the Hartley Street Smile Clinic this is no longer the case. Hartley Street are an experienced, dedicated company that specialise in the best of high-standard cosmetic dentistry and make this available to everyone, offering free consultations so you make an informed decision about your treatment.

Julia Roberts is famous for her Hollywood smile.

Julia Roberts is famous for her Hollywood smile.

Many things can damage teeth. Playing contact sports with no mouth guard can result in tooth chipping or even dislodging. Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, can damage the teeth over time. Eating foods that are high in sugar or drinking fluids such as soda and fruit juice will damage tooth enamel. Fruit juice may be natural, but it also contains a lot of sugar, which is damaging to teeth. Smoking can stain teeth and cause gum disease or cancer of the mouth. Some types of medication can cause dry mouth, which can affect teeth, as saliva not only helps with the digestion of food, but also protects teeth from decay by killing bacteria. It is also rich in calcium, which helps repair enamel.

Despite all these threats, it is nice to know that there is help out there that can give you the beautiful smile that you deserve.