Smiling is one of the most effective ways to enhance your charisma. When people see you smile, they instantly feel more warm and friendly toward you. Smiling also gives people a positive impression of you, especially when they first meet you. Unfortunately, if you feel a little self-conscious about your smile, you might not show it as often as you would like to. Luckily, there are some easy tips to improve your smile and enhance your overall appearance. Some of them bring quick results!
Unfortunately, if your teeth have significant yellowing, not even the right shade of lipstick can hide it. The most effective way to get your teeth brilliantly white is through professional teeth whitening treatment. A cosmetic dentist can use a whitening gel that is far more potent than the whitening agents available in over-the-counter products. Plus, the dentist will take extra measures to prevent irritation to your sensitive gum tissue.
If you had cavities as a kid, they were likely treated with metal amalgam fillings. Metal fillings were widely used for decades because they were cost-effective and durable. Unfortunately, they’re also unsightly—and highly visible when a person opens their mouth. Talk to a cosmetic dentist about getting them removed and replaced with a tooth-colored filling.
During the 19th century, a scientist named Guillaume Duchenne focused his work on mapping the muscles in the human body. He noted that one main muscle is involved in smiling. The zygomatic major muscle is responsible for lifting the corners of the mouth. However, if you only use this muscle when smiling, your smile won’t look as genuinely warm and friendly.
Duchenne also noted that during a genuinely emotional smile, another muscle becomes involved: the orbicularis oculi. This muscle raises the cheeks slightly, producing a squinted eye and noticeable crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes. In other words, more of the face moves with a genuine “Duchenne smile.”
It’s hard to make a Duchenne smile unless the emotion feels genuine, but you can practice it. Stand in front of a mirror and cover the lower half of your face with a piece of paper. Then, make yourself smile. Notice how your upper face doesn’t change much? Now, think of a happy time in your life or recall a hilarious situation and smile again. You should see the corners of your eyes crinkle up. That’s a Duchenne smile. If you smile like this when you meet other people, they’ll respond in a positive way because instinctively, they will know your smile is genuinely warm.
Lipstick is a sneaky way to make your teeth instantly look whiter. However, it’s important to choose a shade that complements your skin tone. A shade that is too dark or too vivid won’t work as well. In general, try shades of berry, plum, pink, wine, and cherry red. It can be hard to tell which shade works best for you, so consider asking a friend or two for their opinion.
At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we’re experts in smile makeovers! You can schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists to get expert tips and personalized advice for making your smile more attractive. Our office in Long Island, Suffolk County, offers a full menu of cosmetic dentistry services, including teeth whitening, CEREC same-day crowns, porcelain veneers, and bonding. We’re also an Invisalign provider! Schedule your appointment by calling today!
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