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5 ways to a great smile

5 ways to a great smile

If the top of your Christmas wish list is a perfect smile and fuller lips, read on for how to give your mouth an easy makeover… 


First things first – look after what you’ve got. Book in that hygienist appointment to get your teeth in the best health they can be. Floss regularly and invest in an electric toothbrush. 


Speak to the professionals – a dentist specialising in aesthetic work can advise you on the best ways to improve your teeth. Quick solutions include in-chair whitening and bonding (where composite resin can help cover minor problems such as chipped teeth or gaps).  


Longer-term options might include implants for missing teeth or gum tissue graft surgery for receding gums. And, of course, there are braces to straighten teeth and the likes of Invisalign, using a transparent shield, which the dentist tightens on each visit until the teeth are straighter. This can also be used in conjunction with whitening. Veneers, which are made from porcelain or resin composite are a permanent solution, adding a new layer to individual teeth.  


Other solutions include everything from light emitting devices to teeth-whitening kits. Your dentist can also provide home whitening kits using bespoke trays that fit snuggly around your teeth that you fill with gentle bleaching gel.  


And to complement your new smile? The perfect pout. Fillers can help you achieve fuller looking lips. Speak to a therapist, check their quals and experience, and weigh up the range of fillers on offer to see what will work best for what you want to achieve.  It can last six to 12 months. 

As you age, you can also lose colour in your lips. Treatments include lip blushing, or micro-pigmentation, an advanced form of tattooing that can last two to three years, giving you a darker colour to your lips.  

For a temporary booster, try a hydrating lip gloss such as Dior addict lip maximize with hyaluronic acid, or Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme Plumping Lip Gloss, which dilates the blood vessels.