Making your smile sparkle is the best way to ensure that you are confident in flashing your pearly whites any time day or night. A bright white smile is one of the best ways to look and feel younger and more approachable.

While brushing and flossing will certainly help you keep your teeth healthy, there are a few other things that you can do to improve your dental health. Here are a few ways to make your smile look brighter in affordable and simple ways:

Calcium and Vitamin C – A healthy mouth coincides with strong teeth. In order to make your teeth as strong as possible, eat a balanced diet that is rich with calcium and vitamin C. Consuming these two nutrients will not only make your teeth denser and more efficient, but also less susceptible to decay, erosion and periodontal disease. But why these two in particular?

  • Calcium: Will help you develop strong baby and adult teeth, as well as promote full development of your jaw bones.
  • Vitamin C: Will work as an antioxidant to help repair tissue in your mouth, as well as prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria.

Cosmetic – Seeking out an orthodontics professional will help you correct any imperfections in the alignment of your teeth, either with adult braces or another cosmetic procedure. Once you have a solid foundation, you may consider professional teeth bleaching or whitening to help you achieve that sparkling smile.

DIY Whitener – If you aren't ready to commit to the high-potency of professional whitening, you might consider getting a store-bought whitening kit and doing-it-yourself for a short term brightening. Another great option is to use a whitening toothpaste as a part of your everyday routine. This will help you keep your teeth bright and healthy day-to-day by removing surface stains.

Flossing – "It sounds boring, but plain-old basic oral hygiene is where one starts," Thomas Connelly, New York City-based cosmetic dentist, tells Everyday Health. "Flossing every day will also go a long way in making your smile look good." Flossing can get those hard-to-reach, in-between spaces that toothbrushes and mouthwashes simply can not clean. Without proper, routine flossing, foods and tobacco – if you are a smoker – can build up in between, causing stains or damage to the surface of your teeth.

Food and Drink – You are what you eat, and your teeth will certainly be impacted by what you put in your mouth. While there are tons of foods that are great for healthy teeth – vegetables, crunchy fruits and water – there is an equal number that should be avoided. Chewy candy, acidic foods rich in citrus and staining beverages like coffee, red wine and teas should be consumed in moderation. This will help you avoid stains and decay.

Makeup – Makeup can do a lot of amazing things for people's appearance, but using the right shades of lipstick or bronzer can make your teeth appear brighter and whiter than they are. So get that summery glow, or rock that red lip and show of your dazzling dentals.

Maintaining a healthy mouth, having strong teeth and a smile you can be proud of will help you be more confident overall. If you are interested in having a professional dental consultation, contact Upper Eastside Orthodontists today.

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