Dental Tips Blog

Aug
2

6 Ways to Get a More Photogenic Smile

These tips will help you feel confident in front of a camera.

Find Your Good Side

Very few people have perfectly symmetrical faces. Take a minute alone to look at your face in a mirror, turning your head from side to side. Does your face look more balanced when you tilt the right or left side towards the viewer? This will help you decide on your “good” side that you want to have angled towards the camera.

Smile with Your Eyes

A forced grin doesn’t suit anyone. Instead, think of someone you love or something that fills you with happiness. Squint your eyes instead of stretching them wide open. Let your mouth relax and gently curl into a slight smile. This will look better than trying to show all of your teeth at once.

Say Money Instead of Cheese

Saying “cheese” for pictures yields big, forced, and well, cheesy smiles. But saying a word like “money” or “honey” opens your mouth vertically for a more natural-looking smile.

Now that you know some posing tricks, here are a few ways to change your smile itself for the better.

Whiten Your Teeth

Teeth bleaching is a simple and instant confidence boost. Whitening takes years off your smile and makes you less self-conscious about showing it off.

Try Crown Lengthening

Sick of having a gummy smile? Your dentist may be able to reshape your gums to help more of your natural teeth to show up.

Get Dental Veneers

Veneers are the lasting solution for covering unsightly gaps, chips, and stains in your teeth.

For more tips on getting a healthy and gorgeous photo-ready smile, talk with a cosmetic dentist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

Jul
24

Home Whitening Methods – Are They Safe?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

It’s natural to explore all of your options when you are considering how to whiten you teeth. After all, you want effective results that are both affordable and safe to achieve. Unfortunately, sometimes the convenience of DIY whitening theories can damage your smile.

Let’s discuss a few of them:

Lemons, Strawberries, and Other Fruit

If you’ve looked through social media sites for “DIY Teeth Whitening,” you’ve likely seen suggestions like “rubbing a lemon across your teeth three times a day to erase stains,” or something similar with a strawberry. While this may seem completely natural (after all, it is food you would consider healthy to eat), the long-term exposure to your tooth enamel creates acid erosion. Yes, the teeth may initially appear whiter at first, but then they will become thin, darker yellow, brittle and sensitive.

Baking Soda

Using baking soda as a cleanser for your teeth is something that has been done for a few generations. While it’s great for buffing out stains around the house, it is extremely abrasive. Used long term, it will scratch your teeth and cause gum recession. 

Peroxide

Rinsing with hydrogen peroxide is another form of DIY whitening. After all, peroxide is actually an ingredient in most whitening kits. Unfortunately, the short contact time with the liquid won’t do a lot of difference in the long run, and it can actually alter the natural flora in the rest of your mouth, creating odd side effects that change the way your gums and tongue look.

The quickest, most effective way to whiten your teeth is with a set of professionally fitted whitening trays and gel, or in a one-hour whitening session with your dentist. The results can be maintained to last a lifetime.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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