1. Practice Smiling
It might seem counterintuitive, but one of the first steps to a confident smile is to smile more! Placing reminders to smile when you tend to feel stressed or hurried can be helpful. For example, posting positive affirmations or encouraging messages for yourself around your mirror where you get ready in the morning, around your work desk, or setting reminders on your phone. We could all use more encouragement to smile!
2. List Things You Love About Your Smile
It can also be helpful to make a list of things you love about your smile. Your smile can do so many amazing things, like brighten a room, encourage a friend, or make a stranger’s day. We could go on and on!
3. Focus on Reasons to Smile
What are some favorite memories of yours? What’s a fun movie you’ve been wanting to see? What’s something kind someone said to you? What’s one thing you’re excited about? When you start to focus on reasons to smile, they seem to multiply!
4. Take Good Care of Your Smile
Taking good care of your teeth is another great way to feel more confident about your smile. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth 3 times a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly for an exam and dental cleaning. Taking good care of your teeth helps to keep your smile healthy and bright and who doesn’t feel confident with a smile like that?
5. Talk to an Orthodontist
If there are specific things that make you feel self-conscious about your smile, like misaligned teeth or an overbite, rest assured that these issues are common! But also know that an orthodontist can help. An orthodontist can map out practical steps to a confident smile so you can achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Our favorite part of our jobs is helping people feel more confident about their amazing smiles!
Call our Choctaw, OK, dental office, to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.