Did you know your smile can have an impact on the world? Not only does having a healthy, beautiful smile enhance and boost confidence, it can help you feel more apt to smile regularly, which can have a powerful effect on those around you.
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Mother Teresa
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 92% of people believe a smile is a great way to brighten someone’s day. Smiling can even add years to your life and can boost your immune system! But some individuals hold back because they just don’t love their smile. What about you? Is there anything you dislike about your smile?
If so, there is good news: There are many affordable ways to improve your smile! If you don’t quite have the budget for a full makeover, that’s okay. The following smile enhancement options are inexpensive and can pack a powerful punch for a minimal cost.
Achieving a whiter, brighter smile is a great way to improve your self-esteem. While there are many inexpensive at-home treatments available, including whitening strips and whitening toothpaste, you’ll get the best bang for your buck with in-office whitening.
While the upfront cost is a bit more than at-home options, in-office whitening delivers more value: dramatic results (up to ten shades whiter) and long-lasting effects (a year or longer)! When you add up the costs of over-the-counter treatments, you may end up getting better results for less money with in-office whitening.
Bonding is a cost-effective cosmetic dentistry option and can be long-lasting with the right care and maintenance. Bonding can repair:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Gaps and spacing
- Broken teeth
- Misshapen teeth
Dental bonding is an affordable alternative to veneers for patients who are looking to upgrade their smile on a budget. Bonding requires the removal of less tooth enamel than veneers and anesthesia is typically not required. It can usually be completed in just one visit, making it convenient, conservative, and cost-effective!
Maintain at-home care and regular checkups
Preventive dentistry is the best dentistry! Maintaining healthy dental habits at home can help prevent serious and potentially expensive problems later on. A solid at-home dental routine is one of the most affordable ways to improve your smile. Here are our recommendations for at-home care:
- Brush teeth twice a day
- Floss at least once a day
- Drink plenty of water
- Don’t smoke or use chewing tobacco
- Limit sugary sodas and acidic beverages
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet that includes lots of vegetables
- See your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings
Get a Smile You’ll Love
A beautiful smile doesn’t have to break the bank! As you can see, there are many affordable ways to improve your smile. Maintain healthy dental habits at home and see your dental team for cleanings and check-ups regularly. Ask your dentist for personalized recommendations that fit your needs, goals, and budget.
For more tips on keeping your smile in tip-top shape, watch this short video with five dental tips from Dr. Justin Grffin:
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
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