Anti Aging – your smile!

 

young smile!

Does this look like your smile?

 

 

 

 

 

shark smile!
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Or is yours more like this??

 

 

 

 

 

Bit of an extreme example, I grant you! But it’s a serious point. When you look in the mirror day after day, you get used to seeing your own teeth. And as they change over time, becomng more gray or yellow, tartar building up, looking stained, with broken or with visible fillings, and becoming more crowded over time (yes, this happens) . The changes day by day are tiny and incremental and so you have time to get used to them. They look normal to you. And you may fail to notice how aging that has become over time. You may end up looking far older than you actually realise. No amount of good skincare can make up for badly aged teeth.

Try digging out an old photo of you when you were young – what did your teeth look like? If you covered up most of that photo so that only your teeth were showing, what age would you guess that person to be? And if you did the same to a recent pic of you, so that only your teeth were showing, what age would you guess that person to be? Is there a big difference?

If there is, it’s time to get busy! One of the quickest and most effective ways to look instantly younger is to get a lovely bright smile. (this will probably also improve your health, but I’ll cover that more in a future posting).

And there are definite steps you can take right away to get a much better smile than the one you have now. Cleaning, bleaching, and realigning your teeth can instantly make you look ears younger.


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Cleaning is the first step. A very good electric toothbrush and a high quality toothpaste obviously are essential. Seriously, the difference between what you can achieve with an electric toothbrush as opposed to a manual one is amazing! This step alone can lighten your smile immediately.

 

For link to Amazon US electric toothbrush click here –

(I’ve chosen this one because it’s an excellent quality but also because it’s currently on a great Special Offer Price! I hope it still is when you click…)

 

 

 

For link to Amazon UK for electric toothbrush click here –  

(I’ve chosen this one because it’s an excellent quality but also because it’s currently on a great Special Offer Price! I hope it still is when you click…)

 

But what might astonish you is the difference an irrgator can make. Cleaning between your teeth is every bit as important and cleaning the surfaces. And when it comes to anti aging, an irrigator can clean away more visible years than even an electric toothbrush can! Over time, it’s the surfaces between the teeth that become most discoloured, stained, and attract the biggest scale build up. If you smash that away with an irrigator, I promise you the difference will be one you were glad to make! People will think you look younger, but usually they have no idea what you’ve done to achieve that younger look.

 

For link to Amazon US for between teeth irrigator, click here –

 

 

 

 

 

For link to Amazon UK between-teeth irrigator, click here –

 

 

(Both of these I’ve chosen are portable – so you can take with you wherever you travel! )

The next step is bleaching. There is no doubt that a whiter smile can instantly give you the look of a much younger person. But take care – you don’t want to end up with a smile so white it looks fake, as that’s a dead give away as to what you’ve been doing! Remember the film “There’s Something about Mary”? Do you remember the shockingly white teeth of Matt Dillon when he tries to attract Mary, beams at her and she recoils?! Not a good result!

The other thing to be careful of is the bleach itself – it can burn! There are several different strengths. I’d had bleaching trays made by a local dentist, and they were great. After the bleach he supplied ran out, I ordered from the internet, and for a while all was fine. But then one day I was in a hurry – and didn’t check that I was ordering the same strength as I was used to. I ordered the wrong strength by mistake, and what a trauma that turned out to be! I was used to filling my trays with a very gentle formula and leaving them in overnight. What I’d ordered was a bleach strength so powerful that it was supposed to be left on for only an hour. I fell asleep ok, but woke up with my mouth burning and the gums blistered and sore! So, it works brilliantly, but you have to be careful to use the right strength for you. If in doubt, start with the gentlest and work up. And never leave it longer than the instructions suggest!

You might also want to check with your healthcare professional that bleaching is ok for you. If you have any health problems at all, or if you suspect that for any reason this might not be right for you, please please do double check!


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Of course, we need to talk budget. The most expensive option is to get your teeth bleached in-house on a regular basis by a good professional dentist. You may want to shop around to get a good deal, or your might prefer to stick with a dentist you are familiar and comfortable with.

Home bleaching comes next, and even budgets on home bleaching can vary enormously. The safest and best way to start is with custom made trays which fit your teeth perfectly, and bleach supplied by a dentist. This gives you great controllability – you can deal with your own teeth quickly and simply when you know they need doing, rather than wait and try to book an appointment that works for you. Again, shop around for a dentist that can give you a good deal on custom made trays and that initial batch of bleach.

If you really want to save money , there are kits available to make your bleaching trays by mail order – you buy a kit and take your own impressions at home, then send the impressions off to the manufacturer’s lab to get the bleaching trays made and sent direct to you. I haven’t tried this myself, but it’s certainly something I would be happy to try. It’s a really low-cost option and if it works well, it could save you a bunch of money!

For a link to Amazon US for custom mail order bleaching trays , click here –

 

 

 

 

For a link to Amazon UK for custom mail order bleaching trays, click here –

 

 

 

What I really would not recommend at any price is ready-made trays you can buy over the counter at your local store. I did try these – never again! Believe me, one size definitely does not fit all! And you end up wasting a ton of bleach which just falls out and so can’t do it’s job properly. I’d avoid this like the plague – better to spend a little more and get a good job than spend less and waste it all.

 

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