Tips to Get That Celebrity Smile
Bright, white, even teeth — we’ve all seen that Hollywood smile and, whether we choose to or not, deep down we’d all be happy to have such photogenic teeth. And we all know we could splash out thousands or tens of thousands at the dentist to get it. But did you know there are some other pretty important tips to get that celebrity smile — and keep it?
Don’t Neglect Your Teeth
If having perfectly healthy teeth was as simple as going to the dentist twice a year, very few people in the Western world would have bad teeth.
Unfortunately for those who hate dental hygiene, flossing and brushing your teeth as recommended by every dentist ever, is still the best way to keep your teeth healthy and bright.
Don’t Stain Your Teeth
What do tea, coffee, and red wine have in common?
Well, they’re all incredibly popular and many people love some combination of the three (Although, hopefully, not all at once.)
The other thing they have in common is that they will all stain your teeth darker. Coffee is probably the worst offender simply because it’s so popular. How many people have one or more cups of the stuff a day? Every one is slowly contributing to making your teeth just a little darker and a little yellower.
And don’t think you’re safe if you’re going to just switch from red to white wine, either:
Alcohol And Sugar = Tooth Decay
We all know sugar is bad for your teeth, but what most don’t realise is that alcohol will turn into sugar … and then be bad for your teeth. So maybe cut down on the booze a bit if you want to keep your teeth shiny and new.
Avoid — wait, isn’t this just what my dentist always tells me?
Sure, you can throw thousands of dollars at dentists to get Hollywood teeth. In fact it’s how the majority of people with celebrity smiles got there themselves. Whitening, crowns, veneers, orthodontics, implants — you name it.
But even the dentists who work with some of the biggest names on the planet give their celebrity clients exactly the same advice they give the rest of us lowly mortals. Brush twice a day, floss, avoid stuff that’ll stain or rot your teeth, and the last one we didn’t finish saying:
Avoid Using Your Teeth as Tools
Opening things with your teeth, grabbing things with your teeth while you push, pull, or unscrew something, etc. can all lead to that most wonderful of dental emergencies: the broken tooth.
Or, if you’ve got a crown or veneer in place, losing your prosthetic and needing to go back to the dentist to get it put back on.
So if you want a clean, white, photo-ready smile, start by listening to your dentist for once and start taking care of your teeth. Then worry about all the poking, prodding, injecting and bleaching which may come later.
Proper Oral Hygiene
Brush and floss twice a day. And do it properly.
When brushing your teeth, it’s really important to brush your gums and the backs of your teeth as well. Don’t rub the bristles on the brush right onto your gums, either, or you’ll injure them. You actually want to try to use the sides of the bristles to gently go over your gums.
If you’re flossing, wrap the floss around your middle fingers, not your index fingers. This gives you way, way more control over the floss than normal, so you can actually get to the places you need to. If you’re bleeding, you’re doing it wrong. Take it slow and watch what you’re doing.
As for mouthwash, don’t bother. Unless you’re getting it from your dentist it’s really not doing anything other than making your breath a bit mintier. Which isn’t necessarily a problem, but it’s kind of an expensive way to go about it.
Okay, so I follow my dentist’s advice — now what?
Okay, fine — assuming you’ve established a good oral hygiene routine and have got yourself some nice healthy shiny teeth, you can go get your Hollywood makeover done.
Whitening is the obvious choice. Laser whitening, LED whitening, bleaching: whichever works for you. LED whitening tends to create less soreness than the other options.
For chipped or uneven front teeth, veneers are your best bet. Chipped and cracked back teeth will need crowns.
If you’ve got crooked teeth, you’ll need orthodontics. The stars go for one of two options — Invisalign, which is made of clear plastic aligners that are damn near impossible to see, or lingual braces. Lingual braces go on the backs of your teeth and are completely invisible to anyone who isn’t awkwardly holding your head back trying to peek into your mouth.
Both of these options are used because they allow you to straighten your teeth without mouths full of metal. They are, correspondingly, not the cheapest options. Invisalign is the more affordable of the two, and very popular, but the lingual braces are the gold standard for effective realignment without being seen.
Great! How much will that cost?
Many, many thousands of pounds over many months with fairly significant levels of discomfort for all the work needed. None of the things on their own are that bad, but throw them all together and you’ve got a perfect storm of feeling like your mouth is being constantly invaded.
That’s not to put you off getting that glam, Hollywood smile, but it kind of makes taking basic care of your teeth look a lot more attractive, don’t you think?
You may also like our article on celebrities who have had dental work
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