How to live with bad teeth

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 How to live with bad teeth

Method 1: Regain self-confidence

Remember that your teeth are not ugly

Despite what you may think, there are some people with more damaged teeth than yours. You may have a problem with your teeth - crooked teeth, a gap between your upper and lower teeth, or discoloration - that you think is so obvious and ugly that no one wants to look at you. This is usually not the case. You look at your teeth every day and see every imperfection, whereas most people pay little attention to them and are therefore never likely to see the defects you see.

  • Even if they notice it, most of them don't pay attention to it. Few people have perfect teeth.

Smile in all circumstances. 

Even if you are embarrassed to show them, you should be proud of your teeth. Have confidence in yourself, smile sincerely, and you will see that no one will pay attention to things like bad teeth. Confidence and a smile make a good impression, no matter what the condition of your teeth.

  • Practice smiling confidently in front of the mirror.

Do not draw attention to your mouth.

 If you're really afraid that people will see your teeth, try not to draw too much attention to your mouth. Don't wear shiny, greasy lipstick or lip pencil because they draw the outside eye directly to your mouth. Instead, wear clear lip gloss or lip balm. This will make your lips look normal and discreet.

  • You should avoid placing your hands next to your mouth or chewing your nails. If you do, people will look at your mouth and teeth, which is certainly not what you are looking for.

Draw attention to your eyes. 

If you're worried that people are paying too much attention to your teeth, try drawing them to another part of your face. Try mascara or light eye shadow if you wear makeup. If you don't wear makeup, wear a nice pair of glasses to draw attention to your eyes rather than your teeth.

  • Be expressive with your eyes, especially when you smile. Using your eyes to show your emotions not only makes your smile warmer and more engaging, it also draws attention away from your teeth

Draw attention to other aspects of your personality. 

If your teeth are not your best feature, try to draw attention to other aspects of your personality that you like. This way, you're focusing on the parts of your body that you're not ashamed of rather than your teeth. If you like jewelry, choose earrings that are attractive, sparkly or shimmering. They will effectively distract people's eyes from your teeths.
  • Wear more accessories. Choose a new hat, try on a new bracelet or cuff, wear a nice pair of shoes or opt for an attractive necklace. People will see how stylish you are and won't care about your teeth.
  • Get a new haircut. Look stylish with an innovative cut or a bolder color to draw attention to your hair. Of course, you can try trendy cuts.

Smile without showing your teeth. 

If you continue to worry about your teeth, you can pretend to trust yourself by smiling without showing your teeth. Many people smile like this anyway: there will be nothing extraordinary if you do the same. You will look beautiful and friendly without having to show your teeth.
  • Practice smiling in different ways in the mirror. Also try to smile by opening your mouth slightly or wide to see what looks best on you and what makes you look natural.
  • Look at old photos of yourself smiling and look for the smile you like the most.

Method 2: Improve the appearance of teeth

Try a tooth whitening product. 

If your problem is simply that your teeth are not white enough, you have the option of using whitening products to solve this problem. You will regain your self-confidence and no longer be afraid to smile, even if you have other dental problems[4] . You can try a variety of whitening products. However, the most accessible and best to start with is whitening toothpaste. This type of product is easy to use because it is used just like any other toothpaste.
  • You can also try whitening gels. The gels are sold with trays to attach the product to the teeth. However, they are more expensive, especially if you buy custom-made trays made by a dentist.
  • Whitening strips are another solution that you can try. They stick to your teeth to whiten them. They are quite expensive and you may need to use them several times. This makes them more expensive.
  • If you want optimal whitening, you can try the whitening treatments offered by your dentist.

Brush your teeth. 

Something as simple as brushing your teeth twice a day helps your overall dental health and builds confidence. Brushing improves the regularity of your teeth if they are not straight. It also keeps them healthy and makes it easier to care for more complex dental problems.

  • Choose a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste is more effective than non-fluoride toothpaste in preventing cavities

Use dental floss.

 Brushing is not the only care possible. You also have the option of using dental floss, either regular floss or a toothpick with floss. Flossing will help you remove bacteria, plaque and foods that have not been removed by the toothbrush. It will make your teeth healthier and more beautiful.

  • Mouthwashes will help you maintain your teeth and restore your confidence when you smile. In addition, it will remove bacteria and give you fresher breath.

Eat less sugar. 

Too much sugar in the diet can cause cavities. Every time you eat sugar, an acid is formed that can damage your teeth. Rather than eating a lot of sugar in short intervals, try to limit your intake to one sugar every four or five hours. This will give your teeth time to recover before the extra sugar gets into your mouth.

  • Beware of hidden sugars in soft drinks, juices and products labelled "no sugar added". All of these products contain sugar that can damage your teeth. Instead, look for low-fat drinks, sugar-free products or natural sweeteners. These won't damage your teeth and help protect them.

  • You don't need to stop using sugar permanently. Just reduce your daily intake.

  • Eat sugar-free treats if you can't reduce the amount of sugar in your diet.

Avoid activities that are harmful to your teeth.

 There are different activities and habits that can worsen the condition of your teeth. For example, you must stop smoking because cigarettes stain your teeth. The same goes for coffee, dark colored soda, tea and red wine, which also stain your teeth. So try to drink less each day.

  • If you really like dark drinks, drink them through a straw to reduce the risk of staining.

  • A dry mouth can lead to cavities. So keep your mouth moist by drinking more water or chewing sugarless gum.

Method 3: Call on a professional

Consult your dentist. 

If your teeth are a serious problem that affects your lifestyle, you need to find a solution. See your dentist to talk to him or her about possible solutions for your particular situation. He or she can help you with professional tooth cleaning, whitening, placing aligners to keep teeth white and healthy, repairing broken teeth, replacing missing teeth, or placing veneers to cover discolored, bored or irregular teeth.

  • If you are concerned about the cost of dental care, you can get treatment at a lower cost at dental schools or local care programs. Many online sites will help you find more affordable dental care near you.

  • You should see a dentist every six months to keep your teeth healthy and perfect.

Consult an orthodontist. 

If you are concerned about your misaligned or irregular teeth, you should see an orthodontist. An orthodontist can help you correct any misalignment of your teeth, and even if the treatment is expensive, the orthodontist can help you find a solution to your problems: braces, aligners or retainers.

  • You will probably need a referral to an orthodontist. Ask your dentist if he or she can refer you to a professional near you.

Consult a psychologist. 

If you've tried different solutions to live better with your teeth, but nothing works, you probably have an underlying problem with your self-esteem. This problem may not be limited to your teeth alone. A psychologist or counsellor can help you deal with the social anxiety you feel about your teeth. He or she can also help you with your fear of going to the dentist or undergoing dental treatment.

  • See a psychologist with whom you are comfortable. You need to feel comfortable talking about your fears and concerns without feeling stupid or shy.

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