Improving Your Smile in the New Year

The future is bright, and so is your smile! Many of us make resolutions for a healthier and happier year, but it can be hard to keep them. Let’s discuss improving your smile in the new year to make it your best and brightest yet.

Daily Resolutions

Improving your smile in the new year can be simple or it can be complicated. Let’s make it simple, starting with daily resolutions that can make a big difference long-term.

First, it’s important to take a look at what your current dental care routine looks like from day to day. Try to set easy and doable goals to improve it. If you normally brush your teeth just once a day, set a goal to brush your teeth two or three times a day or after your mealtimes. Or if you want to improve your brushing technique, try setting a timer for two minutes for each brushing session to give yourself time to focus on developing better brushing skills.

Setting reminders and tracking your habits on your phone can help encourage you as you meet your goals. In fact, there are smartphone apps that can connect with electric toothbrushes to give real-time reminders, tracking, and feedback to help improve your habits.

Monthly Resolutions

Next up is planning resolutions that are a little bit more long-term. For example, it’s important to replace your toothbrush every 3 or 4 months, so it can be helpful to mark it on your calendar or set a special reminder on your phone for that, too. It’s also important to see your dentist regularly for exams and professional cleanings, typically every 6 months if you’re healthy. It can help keep things on track as you strive to maintain new habits if you schedule these things ahead of time to ensure that they are a priority.

Annual Resolutions

When thinking about improving your smile in the new year, take some time to consider what your ultimate long-term goals are. If you want a brighter smile, you might want to put teeth whitening on your list for the new year. Or if there’s other treatments you’ve been wanting to learn more about such as replacing old metal fillings, implants, veneers, teeth straightening, or other procedures, add those to your list, as well.

Once you’ve figured out what your long-term goals are for the new year, make an appointment with your dentist to talk about a plan for making your goals a reality. Many dentists offer payment plans to help their patients achieve the smile they desire sooner than they expect.

Call our Sioux Falls 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.