Measure the warmth of a smile? No chance. But according to psychologists there are steps that can be taken, so your smile is perceived as warmer.
It all comes down confidence. Everyone knows that a beautiful, white smile wins friends, enhances business, and makes those around you happy. Who wouldn’t benefit from a terrific smile—apart perhaps from Oscar the Grouch?
Unfortunately, not everyone is born with straight, gleaming teeth. All too often, something gets in the way: ugly stains, missing molars, crooked canines, or the dreaded tombstone teeth.
If you hesitate when you smile, it effects the perception of your smile. People pick up on this, and it makes you seem less authentic. A great smile is all about showing off your smile. To do this, you need to feel confident that your teeth look breathtaking.
“The good news is that even if you weren’t born with a movie star smile, there are plenty of procedures that can noticeably enhance your smile,” says Shelley of Pearl Teeth Whitening Spa, which offers cosmetic teeth whitening in Vancouver.
“Cosmetic dentistry is no longer reserved for celebrities or the rich and famous. Today’s procedures are accessible and affordable for everyone.”
Cosmetic dentistry can close gaps between teeth, repair chipped teeth, mask metal fillings, and straighten crooked teeth.
If you’re already happy with the size and shape of your teeth, and are simply looking for teeth whitening services in Vancouver, many affordable options are available. Just make sure these services are performed by an oral care professional, such as a dentist or registered dental hygienist. Some of the whitening products are strong and can lead to ulcers and burns if handled improperly.
Of course, once you achieve the perfect smile you need to maintain it. This means a good oral health routine. This is something the Canadian Dental Association considers extremely important to maintain great teeth.
Spend at least three minutes twice a day brushing your teeth. Floss your teeth thoroughly, gently scrape your tongue with the rounded edge of a tongue scraper, and rinsing with a mouthwash will all help you maintain your great smile.
If you know your smile is star-worthy, you’ll have no problem smiling with confidence—but if you need a little extra help smiling authentically, try pressing your tongue against the back of your upper teeth when you smile.
Emma Johnson is the owner of Pearl Boutique, a clinic that specializes in teeth whitening. She is a registered dental hygienist and completed her diploma at Camosun College, which offers one of the best recognized dental hygiene programs in Canada. Emma also holds a health science degree in kinesiology from the University of the Fraser Valley.