Many children have braces to straighten up their teeth, but as an adult these can move back or you may have missed out on braces altogether. Having straight teeth is something most of us dream of but the fact is that not many people naturally do.
IF you are an adult and thinking about braces then you may not have to choose the typical train track braces that were used when you were younger. There are many different ways in which to straighten your teeth, some of which can’t even be seen.
Retainers are often used in adults and worn behind the teeth or over night so that people can not even tell you have them. The issue is that they are not cheap and you may be expected to pay up to £3000 for the contraption. Many dentists that offer teeth straightening also offer finance packages as they know it is a lot of money to find upfront. You should be able to spread the costs over more affordable monthly payments. Some offer 0% interest finance whereas others may charge interest, in which case you may be better to tray and get a 0% interest credit card or a low rate loan.
Keeping teeth white is indicative of good oral hygiene, as well as being important for your appearance. This means that having white teeth is highly desirable. How can you keep your teeth white, and how can you make them whiter if you are unhappy with the way they look currently?
If you are happy with your teeth but want to maintain their appearance, there are various things you can do. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss, and be careful about your sugar intake, as well as the intake of foods that might affect the appearance of your teeth. These include fizzy drinks, sugary foods, red wine and coffee, which can damage your teeth and also cause staining.
The other important step to take is visiting a dentist and hygienist on a regular basis. A hygienist will perform a scale and polish, helping to remove staining from your teeth.
With the whole of the UK at a stand still again, many of us are finding ourselves back at home again. It may be that you have been furloughed or maybe you are still working but doing it from your home. During these times it is very easy to get complacent and not keep up our usual hygiene standards. It may be that you are just answering calls from your home in which case you may think that there is no point in getting dressed. Often brushing our teeth is something that we do when we go up to get dressed, so if we are not getting dressed for work you may forget to brush your teeth. Research also shows that we are consuming more sweet treats at the moment so this will only add to the need to brush your teeth properly.
It is important to try and keep some sort of schedule to your daily life as not only will this ensure you are more organised but it is also good for our metal health. Try and keep any dental appointments you may have and be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day.
All of us would love to have that perfectly white smile that you see many celebrities with but how easy is it to achieve? There are so many products out there that promise whiter teeth in just one or two applications and many toothpastes are advertised as whitening. You may think that spending a couple of extra pounds in a whitening toothpaste is worth it but does it actually really make a difference? Some of these products can help remove surface stains caused by coffee, tea or smoking for example, but they cannot change the natural colour of the tooth or remove stains that are deeper than the surface. Often a good toothbrush with toothpaste on is an effective as any whitening toothpaste. Activated charcoal can work well to remove stubborn stains but it is an abrasive so you need to be careful not to over use it as this could damage the protection layer.
If you really want to have noticeably whiter teeth then you need to have a proper treatment ideally done by a qualified dentist. It will set you back a few hundred pounds and will eventually need doing again but can give you that brighter smile you have been looking for.
During the first lockdown in the UK Dentists had to shut other than for emergencies. This meant that lots of people got behind with their appointments. Although dentists have since been able to reopen, many of us are still not booking our check ups. If you are not very keen on going to the dentist anyway then you may find It even more daunting due to what is going on at the moment.
Dentists tend to wear masks and googles anyway so you will probably find that actually not a lot has changed once you get in to the chair. Some waiting areas are closed and they prefer you to wait outside until you are called in, but all in all the process need not be any worse than any other time.
If you are concerned about visiting the dentist, it may be worth giving them a call and discussing your worries with you. They should be able to talk you through what you need to do and what steps they have in place to protect you. It is important to not leave it too long between check ups as if an issues is not picked up quickly it may end up being a lot worse and causing pain. You may even have to lose a tooth, so don’t delay get that appointment booked back in.