Millions of people graduate from high school and college every year in the United States. After years of hard work, many photos will be taken to commemorate your graduation. You want to look back on your photos loving your smile instead of noticing the flaws. One of the easiest ways to improve your smile is with teeth-whitening services. These can be done in one session in-office or with take-home kits made for your smile.
Your Smile and Graduation
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that an estimated “3.6 million students are expected to graduate from high school” this year. That’s not counting the many students that will graduate from college in the U.S. A major part of graduation is the photo ops so you always have your favorite memories with you for years to come. Do you want to love your smile in photos or have it be something you wish you’d improved?
There are easy ways to spruce up your smile in time for graduation, and it is actually important if you’re moving on to a job or want a better shot at making your mark in the world. Here are a few facts about your smile and why it’s important to help it look healthy and beautiful:
people with healthier, straighter smiles were perceived better than those with unhealthy or crooked smiles:
- 1/3rd of people notice your teeth before any other facial feature.
- Studies show that people with healthier, straighter smiles were perceived better than those with unhealthy looking or crooked smiles.
- Straighter, healthier teeth made people 45% more likely to be hired for a job.
- People perceived others as 58% more wealthy, successful and more likely to get a date.
- Healthier smiles made a person 73% more trustworthy than someone who didn’t care for their smiles.
So yes, your smile matters both to you and to others. Luckily, there are easy ways to make your smile shine!
Teeth Whitening to Spruce Up Your Smile
Teeth whitening is one of the easiest and affordable ways to improve your smile. Most people want whiter, more beautiful teeth, and you can actually get that in one office visit. If you don’t see whiter teeth after using “whitening” toothpaste, it’s not your imagination. Many whitening toothpastes simply brush plaque and food particles off your teeth, which can “whiten” them. However, you need specific substances to actually whiten your teeth, such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Using this and other in-office treatments with dental lights and specially-formulated dental gels, we can whiten your teeth in one visit. This is quicker than any other method out there and your teeth can be white for up to 7 years with good oral care. White teeth are an indication of good health and oral hygiene, and a better smile can improve social life and confidence. For just one office visit, it’s definitely worth it to improve your smile if you can with teeth whitening. You can do this right before graduation too so your pictures look amazing!
Focus on Health for a Great Smile
A great way to have a great smile is to make sure it’s a healthy smile! Taking care of your oral health is a lot easier than many people think, and it can help you to have a smile that lasts you a lifetime. The American Dental Association recommends the following tips to help your smile be the best it can be this year and all the years after:
- Brush your teeth every single day, at least 2 times a day (or after every meal), for at least 2 minutes at a time. Brush with fluoride toothpaste to keep teeth strong.
- Use fluoride products. Fluoride comes in gels, foams and toothpastes and is a mineral that will help prevent demineralization of the teeth and tooth decay.
- Floss 1-2 times a day, making sure to use new floss each time. Floss up into your gum line between all the teeth and scrape your teeth as you go to remove extra plaque.
- Use mouthwash with fluoride to both strengthen your teeth and to kill decay-causing bacteria that will produce plaque.
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings, comprehensive exams and oral cancer screenings.
- Limit your sugar intake. The less sugar you have, the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease.
Smiling for Photos
Got your oral health in check? Try these tips for taking a great photo of your healthy smile:
- Expert photographers recommend not saying “cheese” for photos, as it makes for an unnatural-looking smile.
- Stretch your neck forward and dip your chin a bit. This can help create a smaller and more solid line under your chin, which will help create a greater image of your face, neck and smile.
- Relax your face. Relax your facial muscles and be candid in your photos. Posing in a frozen position can be obvious in photos.
- If you struggle to smile on cue, try to think of something that makes you happy or have a friend tell a joke right as the photos are being snapped.
- Practice your smile in the mirror to see what you like and what you want your photos to reflect.
Ask About Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Everyone can have a healthy and beautiful smile that will look great in person and in photos. If you want your smile to be one you love, focus on your oral health. To make it straighter, whiter or stronger, ask us about cosmetic dentistry services such as teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. Simply call Dr. Evanson’s office today at (720) 409-0008 for your consultation!
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