How to Get and Keep the Perfect Smile – For Mums in the Prime of Their Lives!

Aging isn’t something most of us look forward to and yet it happens! For mums with older kids, you may suddenly find yourself with more free time for self-care and wondering what you can do about getting that perfect smile back again. You’re in the prime of your life but well aware of the side effects of not taking good care of your teeth and skin. Now is the time to do something about it! 

 How to get and keep the perfect smile, even in your forties, is possible and essential for overall well-being. While regular dental and facial care may have slipped while you were bringing up your little ones, with more time on your hands you can get back into a healthier routine. Keep reading if you want to get that perfect smile while slowing down the effects of aging.  

 5 Top Tips to Getting and Keeping the Perfect Smile 

 1. Make an Appointment with a Hygienist

Maintaining periodontal health is vital if you want to avoid the risk of diabetes or cardiovascular disease. Booking an appointment with a dental hygienist for periodontal treatment will ensure your smile is beautiful while keeping gum disease and other illnesses at bay.  

 Professional hygienist services also include the following treatments guaranteed to give you a perfect smile: 

  • Scale and polish: This treatment removes hard and soft deposits above and below the gum line. A polish takes away any superficial stains leaving you with sparkling pearly whites. 
  • Air polish: A painless procedure using a combination of air, water and sodium bicarbonate to remove stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine or smoking. It’s a highly effective and simple way of improving your smile. 

 Dental hygienists will give you individual oral hygiene instructions so you can maintain your smile in between appointments. Routine six-monthly appointments with your hygienist for regular cleaning is a surefire way of keeping a beautiful smile.  

 2. Consider Whitening or Veneer Treatments

If you drank copious mugs of coffee to get through another day because of sleepless nights staying up with the baby, you’re likely sitting with stained teeth years down the line! Your smile looks more like a grimace as you try to avoid showing off your less-than-perfect teeth. Fortunately, you can do something about it. 

 Whitening and veneers are some of the procedures offered in cosmetic dentistry and they’re one of the quickest ways to get rid of discoloured teeth. Which is best for you?  

  • Whitening: There are two methods you can pick from when opting for whitening. One is the Zoom method which entails applying whitening gel to your teeth which is then activated by a white speed lamp. The other method is called Enlighten Whitening and you get an impression tray fitted specifically for you. The gel is applied for two weeks at home before having a one- hour session in the dental rooms.  
  • Veneer: This is a type of thin cover that sits on top of your teeth. They’re made in a dental laboratory or in-house with a CEREC machine. This method improves both the colour and alignment of your teeth, giving your smile the flawless look.  To get the perfect colour match veneers are sent to the laboratory. Veneers would typically be your last option as they possibly involve the removal of a tooth.  
  • Composite Build Ups: Are used when there is discolouration, unevenness or gaps in the teeth. The build is a composite dental restorative material or adhesive resin. The tooth surface is shaped, once the tooth is prepared a resin is applied and shaped. The final step will be polishing so that the tooth fits in seamlessly with those around it. 

3. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Regularly

Hopefully, you kept up with brushing and flossing your teeth regularly even during the first stages of motherhood! However, if you slipped up occasionally now is the time to get back into a routine of keeping your teeth clean, fresh and gum disease-free. Brush your teeth twice a day, after your breakfast and evening meals. Flossing once a day is sufficient for good oral health. 

 When brushing your teeth, avoid being too vigorous with the toothbrush! Aggressive brushing removes the outer enamel layer, resulting in yellow or brown teeth. A gentle, two-minute brush with fluoride toothpaste is all you need to ensure your teeth are sparkling white every time you smile.  

 Flossing gets to the places your toothbrush can’t and helps remove plaque and food debris. This habit prevents tooth decay and periodontal disease. Again, avoid using harsh actions and move the floss gently between your teeth, two to three times. 

 4. Avoid Smoking or Other Culprits for Staining Teeth

Quitting smoking is always a good idea and not only because you want to get and keep the perfect smile! While smoking stains on your teeth can be treated with an air polish if it’s superficial, it’s not as easy to get rid of the yellow look if it has gone deep into the enamel layer. Smoking also causes your gumline to recede, resulting in poor oral health and an unattractive, gaping smile. 

 Other culprits responsible for stained teeth are coffee, tea and red wine. While you don’t have to quit your favourite drink completely, limiting your intake will help to minimise yellow or dark teeth. Swirling your mouth with water after each cup of coffee or tea or glass of wine reduces the amount of time dark liquid sits on your teeth, preventing stains.  

 5. Enhance Your Smile With Facial Aesthetics

Keeping your teeth sparkling guarantees a beautiful smile every time. But, you can always go one step further and enhance your smile with facial aesthetics. This doesn’t mean you have to go under the knife though! Non-surgical treatments that involve minor rejuvenating facial enhancements improve the overall appearance of your face.  

 Clinically proven wrinkle-reducing injections are used to: 

  • Improve firmness of facial skin 
  • Relax tightened facial expressions 
  • Reduce wrinkles 
  • Enhance facial contours 

Dentists are qualified to perform facial aesthetics to combat the signs of ageing. This treatment not only adds radiance to your appearance but enhances your smile with reduced wrinkles around the mouth. Anti-aging injections can be used above your top lip, improving your smile while making you look younger and more vibrant no matter your age.  

 Bonus Quick Tips for Perfecting Your Smile

  • Use a quality toothbrush: Premium-quality electric toothbrushes are excellent for removing plaque and keeping gums healthy. If you prefer the manual option, pick a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace it often.  
  • Drink more water: Drinking water after each meal rinses your mouth while washing down food left behind in your teeth. Water also helps to wash out residue from sticky or acidic foods or drinks. 
  • Use a mouthwash: Ask your dentist to recommend a mouthwash. This helps maintain good oral health by cleaning hard-to-brush areas, minimising the impact of acidic foods and drinks and remineralizing your teeth.  

Final Thoughts 

Mums reaching their forties and worried about the effects of ageing and unattractive teeth don’t need to think they’ve reached the end of the line! Far from it! Self-care and working with a dentist at Shine Dental Clinic will get you back on track while giving you the perfect smile once more. Contact us today and let our dental team do the work so you can start smiling beautifully every time.  

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