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Improving your smile for summer

Top 7 ways to improve your smile for summer

16 May 2024

From cosmetic bonding and dental implants to Invisalign and crown lengthening, there are many ways you can improve your smile in time for summer. Here are seven of our favourites.

Improving your smile for summer

It’s official.

Longer days and scorching hot temperatures are right around the corner.

With the start of summer comes plenty of plans – from trips to the beer garden, barbeques in the back garden and maybe even a wedding or two.

So, of course, you want to be looking (and feeling!) your very best. And the best place to start is your smile.

The last thing you need this summer is to hide your stunning smile, but if your confidence is lacking, don’t worry – there are many things you can do to boost your self-esteem.

In this article, our expert dentists here at The Smile Boutique discuss the top seven ways you can improve the appearance of your smile in time for the summer.

1. Keep on top of your oral hygiene

The power of your oral hygiene routine should never be underestimated.

Keeping up with regular brushing and flossing is a surefire way to keep staining at bay and keep your smile pearly white for the summer.

You should be brushing every morning and night for two minutes at a time, and flossing at least once every day, ideally at night before you head off to sleep.

If you can, use an electric toothbrush, as they remove up to 99% more plaque than manual alternatives, and invest in fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth from decay.

It also pays to keep up with regular dental visits for professional cleanings with your hygienist, as they will be able to get rid of any plaque build-up that brushing alone can’t remove.

2. Teeth whitening 

One of the most common dental insecurities is discoloured teeth, and we see many patients who want to improve the shade of their smile.

Whether your staining is a result of years’ worth of tea or coffee drinking or tobacco use, or it’s more of a genetic issue, teeth whitening treatments can remove stains and allow you to enjoy a sparkly smile all summer long.

The Enlighten Evolution 3 teeth whitening method we use at The Smile Boutique is an at-home teeth whitening treatment that allows you to brighten your smile by several shades from the comfort of your own home. And you could see fantastic results within just 2-4 weeks!

3. Cosmetic bonding

If you have chipped or cracked teeth, or have been advised against teeth whitening treatments, cosmetic bonding is the ideal treatment to spruce up your smile ready for summer.

Not only is it the quickest, most effective way of fixing minor tooth imperfections, but it’s also minimally invasive and causes no damage to your natural tooth.

Cosmetic bonding – also referred to as composite bonding – improves your smile by placing a thin layer of tooth-coloured composite resin over your natural tooth, shaping and polishing it so that it fits in with the rest of your smile.

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4. Gum contouring

If your confidence has taken a hit at the hands of your gummy smile, gum contouring is the ideal treatment to help boost your self-esteem.

A gummy smile refers to excess gum tissue, and gum contouring removes this surplus and beautifully reshapes the gum line.

This procedure is completed using a dental laser, and typically is painless, as your dentist will numb the area before they begin.

You may experience some discomfort post-treatment, but this is to be expected and will subside by itself within a week or two.

5. Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is an alternative option to gum contouring also for those dealing with a so-called ‘gummy smile’.

Unlike gum contouring, though, crown lengthening can be painful, which is why it’s carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure maximum comfort.

Once the area is all numbed up, our dentists will go in and remove excess gum tissue and reshape the bone that surrounds the teeth.

6. Dental implants

If you’ve lost one or multiple teeth, and want to achieve a beautiful, fully-uniform smile, ask your cosmetic dentist about dental implants.

Dental implants are the most effective tooth replacement option, as they replace the entire root system of the tooth for a natural looking and feeling restoration.

There’s no such thing as rushing the perfect smile, and from start to finish, the dental implant process can take anywhere from four to nine months.

Sometimes, your permanent teeth can be fitted on surgery day, but you’ll most likely be sent away with a temporary crown while your gums heal. Either way, your smile will still look great, and you won’t have to worry about showing it off.

7. Invisalign

If misaligned, disproportionate teeth are the reason for your dental insecurities, Invisalign is the ideal option to help you achieve the perfect pin-straight smile.

Compared to more traditional orthodontic treatments, Invisalign is a much more convenient and discreet option, ideal for those who aren’t fond of the idea of a mouth full of bulky metal braces.

Depending on the treatment you choose, and the severity of your orthodontic complaints, you could accomplish your dream smile within three to four months – perfect for those looking to get their teeth in line for a special event!

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Boost your smile confidence at The Smile Boutique!

At The Smile Boutique, we understand how much your smile can impact your confidence, which is why we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you get it in shape for summer.

To book a consultation with our expert cosmetic dentists and discuss your smile makeover in more detail, get in touch with our reception team today by calling 01733 551 534, or complete an e-smile assessment online and we’ll be in touch to arrange your visit!


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