New Year, New You: Easy Ways to Refresh Your Smile

Are you wondering what 2015 will bring for you? Well, if you’re like most of us, we’re hoping for a happier, healthier year than ever before – along with plenty of reasons to smile. And if you plan on smiling all year long (and you should be planning on it), why not give that smile a refresh? Updating your pearly whites doesn’t have to be a long process or cost a fortune. In fact, there are several things you can do to improve your grin yourself – along with a few finishing touches that are probably more affordable than you ever thought.

Reform your home care: Rushing your brushing? Forgetting your floss? A new year is a great time to revamp your home oral care regime. No matter what cosmetic procedure you try, your smile will suffer without proper daily care. So this year, make it a priority.

Cut the crap: You may not know it, but your diet may be affecting the whiteness and brightness of your smile (not to mention your oral health in general). Acidic foods and enamel-eroding beverages like coffee and soda can really taint your pearly whites. Not to mention that sugary snacks and drinks can cause tartar buildup.

Stop smoking: Not only is this tactic free, it’ll save you tons of money in the long run when you stop buying cigarettes. Smoking not only puts you at risk for cancer, but does a number on your mouth – loosening teeth, leading to gum regression and causing periodontal disease. Quit now and smile from here on out.

Consider orthodontics: It’s never too late to get a straighter smile. And these days, orthodontic treatments are easier, cheaper and more subtle than ever before. For example, Invisalign treatment, which uses a series of clear aligners to gradually straighten teeth, is a great option for adults who don’t want to appear to be wearing braces.

Keep your dentist appointments: It may be just another item on your to-do list, but those twice-yearly visits to the dentist really are that important. Without them, you may not catch a problem before it becomes a real problem – one that won’t leave you smiling.

Ready for a super smiley 2015? We’ll see you in our office!