A smile is a surefire way to let someone know that you’re happy to see them or to let them know that you like them. But if you need orthodontic treatment, then you may be reluctant to smile big. Dr. Matthew Milestone and the team at Milestone Orthodontics are experts at restoring healthy smiles. Here are some tips on how to make your smile more attractive near Rutherford, NJ.
1. Exercise Your Smile
Mouth exercises done throughout the day will improve the shape of your mouth and tighten loose muscles. To start, stretch the corners of your mouth to the sides while keeping your lips held together. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Next, expand the lateral stretch and part your lips to expose the edges of your teeth. Hold this position for another 10 seconds. After that, expand more laterally and expose half of your teeth, holding for another 10 seconds. Repeat the steps and smile as wide as you can, showing all of your teeth. You can also use your index fingers to help you if you’re having trouble, but don’t stretch too much.
2. Practice Smiling
One way to feel confident about smiling is to check how your smile looks on you. If you practice smiling into a mirror, you can get a sense of what you should be doing when you smile to make it look its most attractive. When practicing your smile, keep in mind the eye muscles. Like Tyra Banks says, “Smile with your eyes.”
3. Smile Frequently
“It increases your face value!” says the line from a movie. Studies show that when you smile, others will smile along. By smiling more, you’ll get used to the feeling of showing your teeth, thus building self-confidence. Smiling confidently will help you connect with others around you, lighten the mood, and present your best face to the world.
4. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
It’s always best to reduce plaque and acid buildup in order to keep your teeth clean and healthy. Dr. Matthew Milestone recommends that you brush at least twice a day using a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep your teeth looking as bright as they can. It’s also important to floss between meals to prevent food debris from becoming stuck between your teeth or in your gums.
5. Get Treatment
It’s always possible to make your smile more attractive through orthodontics. If you’re not keen on the idea of getting braces, then there are other more discreet options like ceramic braces, lingual braces, or clear aligners. Ceramic braces are typically clear or tooth-colored, reducing their visibility. Lingual braces are adhered to the back surfaces of the teeth, keeping them out of view. The Milestone Orthodontics team are experts using clear aligner systems like Invisalign.
Dr. Matthew Milestone and the Milestone Orthodontics team know how to turn a self-conscious grin into a broad, beaming smile. For more information about how they can help make your smile a little more attractive, call: (201) 845-8411