Your smile is one of the first things that is noticed by other people and a bright, wide smile is one of the best ways to leave a positive impression. You might think that your smile is permanently going to stay one way, but it can actually be greatly improved with just a little bit of extra effort. Here are a few things you can try to get your ideal smile.
- Veneers – Traditional veneers can change the way you smile by covering your teeth to make them look more even. If your teeth are on the smaller side and leaving many gaps, veneers can help smooth out your look by filling in the spaces.
- Snap on Smile – This method is less costly but can be equally effective. Snap on Smiles are worn on top of your existing teeth and are removable making them easy to wear, pain-free, and clean.
- Exercise – Special mouth exercises exist that can help you open your mouth wider and stretch your smile a little further. Try this one: keep your lips together and try to smile as wide as possible. Hold for at least ten seconds. Open your mouth so a small part of your teeth are exposed and stretch your mouth as wide as you can. Hold for at least ten seconds. Keep repeating until your mouth is exposing as much of your teeth as possible and hold for ten seconds. It might feel slightly uncomfortable at first, but as you keep practicing you will notice that your smile is stretching slightly further after a few days.
- Practice – This one may seem too easy to be true, but your smile is created by muscles on your face. Just like any other muscle on your body, you can learn to control it better with practice. Look in the mirror every day and practice the smile you wish to have all the time. It may not look natural at first, but the more you try it, the easier it will get.
One thing to note is a wide smile is not necessarily about straight teeth but may have more to do with the placement of your upper teeth. If they are sticking out or more forward, it makes it easier to achieve a wide smile. Although it is difficult to completely change the structure of your teeth, the above mentioned techniques and treatments can still help you achieve the smile you want.
Dr. Lorraine Burio of Candlewood Dental Care has been treating patients in the New Fairfield/Danbury, CT area for over twenty-five years. If you have any questions call us at 203-746-1200 or make an appointment here.