What is the secret to being confident? For some people, confidence comes from who they are and the materials they possess. For others, they are confident because of the way they look and feel. No matter who you are, one way to feel more confident in yourself is to smile. However, if you are self-conscious about your smile, it won’t be much help. Here are five ways you can find more confidence in your smile. 

  1. Self-Care

When you think of self-care, you might think of a bubble bath or a refreshing face mask. Self-care comes in many different forms, but one to treat yourself is by creating a better oral-care routine. Toss out your old, frayed toothbrush and replace it with something high-quality–like something adjustable or electric. Splurge on some extra tooth care items like whitening strips, mouthwash, and a water pick. Taking care of your teeth shouldn’t be a chore, it should be a self-care experience!

  1. Fresh Breath

Nothing kills a first impression or a fancy date like bad breath. If you have a date, interview, or are simply meeting up with your friends, you’ll feel embarrassed if your breath seems stale and smelly. If you are self-conscious about your breath, you’ll probably feel self-conscious about your smile too! Don’t hide your teeth because of your breath. Try using a tongue scraper or gum, mints, or travel-size mouthwash for better breath results. 

  1. Water

Some drinks, like coffee and wine, are known for leaving stains on your teeth. While this mostly happens over time, these drinks can also cause temporary teeth discoloration. If you aren’t feeling confident in your smile because you are afraid of tinted teeth, drink water instead! Not only will water not stain your teeth, but it will also keep you hydrated.

  1. Cosmetic Dentistry

Not being confident in your smile is sometimes more than just tooth discoloration or because of plaque build-up. In some cases, people feel conscious about their smiles because of missing, chipped, or crooked teeth. If this is the case for you, make an appointment and we will discuss your options to see how we can help you improve your beautiful, confident smile. 

  1. Practice

One secret to a confident smile is practice. It may seem odd to think that you’d need to practice your smile to feel more confident, but it works! Have you ever spent a couple of minutes smiling at yourself in the mirror or taking a few more selfies just to feel more relaxed about your smile? If you haven’t, give it a try! The more you see yourself smile, the more you’ll want to smile at others. Not only will smiling more increase the confidence you have in your teeth, but it can also improve your confidence overall!

Confidence shows that you believe in yourself and can help people feel happier. Even if you are just faking it until you make it, a smile can help show others (and yourself) that you are confident. So if it takes some extra time and effort in your routine or some practicing, working on your smile is worth it.