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Great ideas for improving your smile on a budget

Posted on November 30,2020

5 ways to help you show off a beautiful smile

If you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, but you don’t have a lot of money to spend, you still have options.

The team at Wickham Terrace Dental are always happy to share what we’ve learned about helping smiles look their best. We have quite a few great ideas to share – and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

Here are five ways to improve the look and health of your smile on a budget.

1) Remember to smile more

Here’s one idea you may not have thought of: the incredible effect of displaying the smile you have, more often!

There’s nothing quite like seeing a happy smiling face to lift your spirits. So don’t focus on any small flaws you think your teeth might have – smile! The people who see you smile won’t look at the blemishes; they’ll see and react to your happy face.


And what’s more, of course there’s no cost involved when you choose this “smile improvement method”.

2) Have your teeth professionally cleaned by your dentist

If you enjoy drinking coffee or red wine, or perhaps the health benefits of eating turmeric and other brightly coloured foods, you’ll realise that these habits can easily stain your teeth over time.

And they don’t have to cause a hugely noticeable dark stain – many daily habits can simply make your teeth look a bit ‘dingy’, and less bright than they should.

That’s when it’s a good idea to pay a visit to your dental hygienist. They can perform a gentle abrasive treatment that will remove stains and brighten your smile dramatically.

What’s more, a professional cleaning is not only good for the appearance of your smile, but also the health of your teeth and gums too.

3) Think about teeth whitening treatment

After you’ve had your teeth professionally cleaned, you may choose to take your bright smile one step further and have your teeth whitened.

Teeth whitening is a treatment that can fit within your budget too. For example, you can choose an effective yet inexpensive take-home treatment such as Opalescence Go.

Alternatively, if you’re already wearing an appliance that closely fits your mouth – such as a retainer if you’ve had orthodontics treatment – you can simply apply whitening gel before you wear it for a budget-friendly way to whiten your smile.


4) Restore small tooth defects with composite resin

If your front teeth have some small imperfections such as a chip or two, you might be a candidate for relatively cost-effective composite resins.

The tooth-coloured resin is built up on your existing tooth structure, then shaped and hardened to restore your tooth back to its former appearance.

What’s more, these composite resins show extraordinary optical properties, giving you a smile that’s as beautiful as it is healthy.

5) Look at the many different levels of ortho treatment available

Years ago orthodontic treatment used to be a “one size fits all” proposition, involving plenty of heavy metal brackets and wires! Thankfully, that’s all changed with today’s modern ortho options.

If your teeth need just a small adjustment to improve their look and health, you may be able to have minimal intervention for a big effect on your smile.

Digital orthodontic solutions can be very effective, using minor movements that can have a major impact. Speak to the team at Wickham Terrace Dental to find out more.

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Talk to us for more ideas to improve your smile

These five methods are just some of the many ways our team can help give you the smile you’re looking for.

To talk about improving your smile on a budget, simply make an online appointment to visit Wickham Terrace Dental or call us today on (07) 3831 3031.

Topics: Affordable dentistry

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