Your smile is one of the first things other people notice about you, and so it’s one of the best ways to completely revitalize and improve your look and the first impressions you make in the new year. Whether you’re hoping to create a completely new smile or make a few minor adjustments to correct imperfections and improve your smile symmetry, there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your smile for 2023.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Smile for the New Year

1. Get a Brighter, Whiter Smile

Teeth naturally become dull and stained over time and with exposure to a variety of food and substances. This can add years to a person’s appearance and diminish the beauty of their smile.

As a result, one of the simplest and quickest ways to upgrade the look of your smile is with professional teeth whitening treatments. Professional treatments are faster, safer, more effective, and more customizable than over-the-counter teeth whitening products. With professional treatments in the dental office or provided for use at home, our dentist can work directly with you to help you achieve the level of brightening and whitening you desire.

2. Ramp Up Preventive Care for Your Health

Good health is attractive, and so it follows that having a healthy smile also results in having a more beautiful smile. If you’ve let your preventive dental care lapse, we recommend upgrading your smile in the new year by adding professional dental care back into your healthcare routine.

Most adults are recommended to schedule routine dental cleanings and examinations once every six months for maintenance and the early detection and treatment of new or developing oral health problems.

Plus, you can use part of your appointment time to talk with our dentist about additional preventive treatment options such as professional fluoride treatments and dental sealants to find out how they could benefit you.

3. Boost Your At-Home Oral Hygiene

Set a new year’s resolution to kick-start your at-home oral hygiene habits. Invest in a new toothbrush or upgrade to an electric toothbrush that can improve your brushing routine and help ensure you brush each quadrant of your teeth for 30 seconds, twice a day, for a total of two two-minute brushing sessions each day.

Additionally, be sure to floss your teeth at least once or twice a day to remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris from the hard-to-reach areas between your teeth.

You can also add a step using a mouthwash during your daily routine to keep your breath fresh and discourage bacterial growth. Be sure to choose an alcohol-free formula and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Address Existing Oral Health Concerns

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, then it is possible you could have some oral health issues that have developed and gone undiagnosed and unaddressed since the last time you had a dental exam. Don’t let worries over oral health problems keep you from visiting the dentist. Putting off dental care and treatment only allows these concerns to progress further and become increasingly complex. The sooner you come in, the sooner we can work with you to restore your oral health and the simpler the concerns will be to treat.

5. Straighten Your Smile and Correct Your Bite

Having crooked teeth or a poorly aligned bite not only affects a person’s appearance but can also lead to oral health problems. Crooked or crowded teeth can be difficult to clean, putting you at an increased risk of tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. Additionally, malocclusion can be painful and uncomfortable.

If you struggle with a smile that could be straighter, we recommend talking with our dentist about your orthodontic treatment options for straightening your smile. Today, there are several teeth straightening treatment options that range from traditional metal braces to systems of clear aligner trays, and we can help you determine the option that can best address your concerns.

6. Restore Your Smile With Restorative and Cosmetic Treatments

If your smile has been damaged due to disease, decay, age, injury, or another reason, you don’t have to live with the damage. A damaged smile not only affects your appearance, but it can also have an impact on the quality of your daily life, affecting the way you speak and making it difficult to enjoy all of your favorite foods.

Modern dentistry has a variety of restorative and cosmetic treatment options that can be used individually or together to completely restore a person’s smile by addressing dental disease, fixing tooth decay, and replacing missing teeth.

7. Correct Minor Imperfections

Sometimes, just a couple of minor tweaks can completely overhaul the look of a smile. With cosmetic treatments like dental bonding and teeth whitening, we can correct minor imperfections to create the perfect look for you.

8. Create a Whole New Look

If you’d rather completely overhaul the look of your smile, more significant changes can be made with treatments such as dental veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, and a variety of different types of dentures.

9. Schedule a Smile Makeover Consultation

Start upgrading your look by scheduling a smile makeover consultation for 2023.

10. Protect Your Smile With a Mouthguard

Once you have the smile of your dreams, we recommend protecting it with an athletic mouthguard – especially if you participate in sports or other athletic activities.

Comprehensive Dentistry for a Dazzling Smile in 2023 in West Bend

At Dentistry of West Bend, our patients have access to comprehensive dental treatments and services including a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care. During a smile restoration or smile makeover consultation, our dentist, Dr. Jared Harding can talk with you about your smile goals, provide you with a variety of treatment options, and discuss the kinds of results you can expect from a variety of treatment plans to help you determine the best way to upgrade your smile in the new year.

To learn more or schedule your smile makeover consultation, we welcome you to contact Dentistry of West Bend today.