So, What are Your Options if you Want a Brighter Smile?

My smile is my favourite accessory – after all, it never goes out of fashion to have a grin going from ear to ear, but it’s easy to sometimes forget about our teeth and what they go through. They fight off sugary drinks and alcohol, acidic fruit and the tops of pens. We open packets and bottles with them and grind them in our sleep, so it’s no wonder they see a bit of wear and tear if we don’t give them our full love and attention. I’ve talked before taking care of your teeth, but here are some tips to regaining that sparkling smile you once had if you are no longer happy with your pearly whites.

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Get Them Whitened

Whether you want to get your teeth whitened in a dental practice or would prefer to do it yourself, you’ve got loads of options. There are, of course, toothpastes which help the whitening process, but there are other products out there which can help along the way. Charcoal and coconut oil are fashionable tooth whiteners right now, but a cosmetic dentist could give a professional whitening treatment over a series of weeks, which will give you a lasting finish.

Invest In Veneers

Veneers are a layer of material which cover your teeth and improve the aesthetic of your smile and look. If your teeth are really bad, or you would just prefer to invest in something a bit more permanent than whitening, this could be the solution for you. Veneers are, usually, either porcelain or composite, with each having their own benefits. Prices can and will vary depending on your dentist, but a consultation will give you a full brief and breakdown of the costs and procedure.

Straighten Them Out

Most of us were unfortunate enough to braces when we were teenagers – as if acne and awkwardness weren’t bad enough! It also happens that most of us, being teenagers, didn’t stick to the routine of popping the retainer in once the train tracks had come off, and now we have wonky teeth all over again. Going through that pain or walking into meetings with some mouth bling isn’t very appealing, is it? However, if you opt for a treatment like Invisalign, you’ll be able to get a great smile without anybody even noticing!

Get Implants

If you have to have some teeth removed, implants are a great way of getting your smile back to normal quickly. Implants are surgically placed into the jawbone where your original tooth used to be and are made of titanium, meaning they rarely need to be replaced. A crown is fixed to the implant which looks like a natural tooth, and it must be treated and cleaned as you would treat your normal teeth! Patients are required to be healthy for this procedure and meet general medical requirements. Enquire with your dentist and see what your options are!

Of course, brushing regularly, flossing and using mouthwash are all part of keeping your teeth healthy and looking great, but sometimes we can be too busy to book in our annual dental appointment, and things can slide. Remember that your dentist is there to help you, not scare you!

Supplements: A Total Myth Or The Real Deal?

If you’re just getting into training, you might be thinking about buying products to enhance your goals. There are supplements and vitamins out there that claim to do all kinds of things, from giving you more energy to helping you to feel less fatigued through your workouts. However, some people say that supplements are a total myth. What’s the truth? Should you spend your hard earned cash on them? Read on for a little advice!

The Truth About Supplements

Taking supplements can enhance the results you’re trying to get in the gym providing you take the right kind and get them from a reputable source. However, they will not do all of the work for you. No legal supplement will give you absolutely incredible results alone. You can get incredible results alone. No protein powder, no BCAAS – nothing. If you focus hard on your diet and training, you can achieve your goals without a single supplement. Just food and determination!

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Still Want To Try Supplements?

If you have the money to buy supplements and you’d like to give them a try, there are a couple out there that could potentially help you to improve. You don’t need every single supplement under the sun, but a couple of them stacked up could speed things up a little. A few you could try include:

Protein Powder

Protein powder can be super useful if you don’t get enough protein in your diet currently. You can drink it alone or make things with it like protein pancakes. A high protein diet helps to repair, maintain, and build muscle. Protein also helps us to feel fuller for longer. Aiming for around .7 to .8 of a gram per pounds of bodyweight is a good idea if you like to use weights.

BCAAs

BCAAs can stop the body from going into a catabolic state. Basically, it can stop the body from eating away at your muscles. This may happen if you haven’t eaten in a long time, or you’re doing an extended workout. Maybe you enjoy working out on an empty stomach. BCAAs are a tasty drink to take with you to the gym, and can help you to recover faster and ache less too.

Creatine

Creatine helps improve the body’s ability to produce energy rapidly. You can train harder and more often by taking a supplement like creatine, which is why many bodybuilders love stacking it with their other supplements. It can also help to improve protein synthesis.

What About Vitamins?

Vitamins can be great, but knowing which ones to take is important. Even more important is knowing what vitamins vegetarians need. Just some of the worthwhile vitamins for you may include:

  • A multivitamin – a multivitamin can be useful if you don’t get enough fruit and veg each day.
  • B12 – a good vitamin for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Vitamin D – keeps your bones, teeth, and muscles healthy.
  • Calcium – builds bones and keeps them healthy.

However, if you want to know for sure which vitamins to take, you can see a naturopath who will recommend some for your needs and lifestyle.

Will you be taking vitamins and supplements from now on, or will you go it alone and see what you can do?