Whether it’s a toothpaste ad, a glossy magazine, or even one of our best friends, many of us have a smile that we’re envious of and wish we had ourselves. Sadly, many people wrongly believe that getting a perfect, ‘insta-famous’ smile that they’d want to share far and wide on their social media accounts is beyond them. This isn’t the case at all.
The great thing about achieving a beautiful smile is that it can often deal with a cosmetic and a medical need at the same time. For example, fixing crooked teeth will make you look better and feel much more confident in your smile, but the primary motivation is almost always going to be making dramatic improvements to your dental health.
Whether you’re primarily motivated by cosmetic reasons or have an underlying dental issue that needs treating, an ‘insta-famous’ smile may only be a simple procedure or course of treatment away.
Here are some options you might wish to explore to improve your own smile, and to enjoy all the benefits that come with doing so.
What’s less attractive: braces or crooked teeth?
The answer for many people might be braces, because there’s a lot of self-awareness around them. Yet at the same time, we have to consider whether the trade-off of having braces is worth it to then have a beautiful ‘insta-famous’ smile forever.
For many people, this trade will definitely be worth it.
What’s more, braces have come a long way, particularly over the last 20 years, and the stereotypical “brace face” is very much a thing of the past. A lot of brace treatments today are very subtle, while small changes can be made by non-permanent brace fittings. For permanent fittings, specific colours or even see-through options are available to reduce your self-awareness.
Braces are definitely one treatment where a medical need will usually take precedence, though you can get them fitted purely for cosmetic dentistry reasons, too.
While some dentists can also provide lip fillers, it is usually better to go to a proper cosmetic surgeon to undergo any treatment for the lips. This is especially true if you require a broader treatment than simply having a filler injected into your lips.
For example, if you have a high lip – and as a result have a toothy smile that you feel is excessive – and would like this to be dealt with at the same time, you need to see a lip surgeon anyway. Other treatments that are commonly sought at the same time include anti-wrinkle injections and muscle relaxing treatments to allow a wider, more expressive smile.
Lip fillers can be relatively cheap, but often the lowest price ones leave you needing to seek a repeat treatment after 2-3 months. Instead, seek out a longer lasting pout by opting for lip fillers that can last around 18 months. If you’re not sure if you’ll like the effect, then the shorter lasting ones might be an option so you can decide whether fuller looking lips really are for you or not.
Whether you already have straight teeth or need to have braces fitted first, or perhaps even need additional cosmetic dentistry treatment beforehand, a great way to add the finishing touch to your ‘insta-famous’ smile is to undergo teeth whitening treatment. While there are numerous treatments that you can buy off the shelf in the supermarket or the beauty store, the truth is you might be using these for months and spending a hell of a lot of money when the “guaranteed two shades lighter” on the box doesn’t make any real, noticeable difference to you at all.
Instead, seek out something longer lasting. The two most popular options are in-chair whitening, which is exactly how it sounds – you simply attend the dentist and they give your teeth a professional clean and whitening treatment on the day. Sometimes these can last as little as 45 minutes, and there’s no need to hang around afterwards. Alternatively, a cosmetic dentist can provide a tray treatment that you wear for around 30 minutes a day for a week, after which you don’t require further treatment, though follow up trays can be purchased to keep your smile as bright as you want it to be.
We think the ‘insta-famous’ smile is much more than a beauty trend. It’s a great way for all of us to lose our self-awareness around our smiles and to feel far more confident in social situations or when being photographed.
You shouldn’t let finances get in the way of your quest for the perfect smile, either. Use MacList to find a cosmetic dentist or a cosmetic lip surgeon near you, then apply for a MacCredit payment plan to cover the cost.
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