People spend a lot of time trying to look good—perhaps even more than we’d like to admit.

We go to the gym, eat the right foods, and do everything we can to be attractive.

One area a lot of people overlook is their teeth. A shame, because the perfect teeth can really elevate your overall look (and conversely, bad teeth can really harm it).

Whether you’ve already got a grip on your teeth or would like to learn more about nice teeth, there are options.

In this article, we’ll look at 7 ways you can make your smile shine bright starting today.

1. Basic Hygiene

Sure, this one’s a bit obvious. But it’s important to cover our bases when discussing how to get perfect teeth.

Because the truth is, if you aren’t doing the basics, any other intervention on this list is only going to be temporary at best. Plus, this is the most inexpensive method you can start using today.

We should brush our teeth twice per day and floss at least once. We should also use fluoride toothpaste and be sure to change our toothbrush every few months to ensure it’s still up to par.

Oh, and mouthwash won’t hurt either.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

How you eat affects your teeth more than you’d think. Eating lots of sweets and junk food not only adds to your waistline, but also stains your teeth and takes away from your perfect smile.

And soda is especially bad. It’s packed with sugar and chemicals that stain your teeth, which should give you enough reason to avoid it (or limit your intake).

Other teeth-staining foods and drinks include coffee, candy, red wine, fruit juices, balsamic vinegar, and soy sauce. Some of these are “healthy” by conventional standards, but should probably be avoided if you’re on a teeth-whitening regimen.

3. Dental Implants

3 million people in America have dental implants. A lot of people are turning to this surgery to help them get the perfect smile, and you can too.

Think of this procedure as a more permanent form of dentures or braces. Your teeth are then artificially rooted in your mouth.

Keep in mind: dental implants do cost a lot. You’re looking at a several-thousand-dollar investment for this procedure, so this is probably a good option if you have teeth that need some serious work or your teeth are affected down to the root.

The benefits of this investment are clear though. The end result is much whiter, cleaner-looking teeth, along with additional benefits like more convenient cleaning and easier chewing.

4. Tooth Reshaping

Have an old sports injury or something that’s made your teeth go crooked? Have a chipped or crack tooth that’s obvious when you look in the mirror?

Then a tooth reshaping procedure might be a good option for you.

In this procedure, a cosmetic professional removes small amounts of a tooth to make your smile look evener. It’s a great option for surface-level problems that don’t extend down to the root of your tooth.

It will run you about $300 per tooth, which is affordable compared to some other options on this list.

5. Dental Bonding

Similarly, dental bonding can help cover up imperfections in your mouth by using a light resin material. As opposed to cracks or chips, this option is good for people with large gaps or spaces between their teeth, or those with uneven teeth.

However, this procedure can be a little more expensive than tooth reshaping. Depending on where you go, the price should range between $300 and $600.

The resin bonding can also help remove stains from permanently discolored teeth. So if you’ve tried all the home remedy options and not gotten results, this might be a good option.

6. Dental Crowns

Cosmetic dental crowns, also referred to as caps or teeth caps, fit over your whole tooth. They’re made of acrylic or porcelain and fused with metal to reinforce them so they last a long time.

Dental crowns are useful as both a way to get pretty teeth and to protect good looking teeth from deteriorating. Some people get them to reinforce a nice smile, but others get them to protect a weak tooth or an already-cracked tooth from getting worse.

Of the options on this list, dental crowns are going to cost you a bit more. The starting end is about $800 per tooth, with the high-end costs coming close to $2,000.

7. Orthodontic Treatments

Nowadays, it’s much more common for adults to use tools like braces, retainers, or another type of do-it-yourself alignment treatment to improve their teeth or smile.

That’s probably because orthodontic treatments have advanced significantly since you were a kid. Instead of getting the cool colored braces everyone in middle school loved, you can find a more discreet ceramic style of brace that goes unnoticed at work and by friends.

Understand that this is probably the biggest investment of them all, both financially and time-wise. You’re looking at a $5,000 to $6,000 price tag, and about a three-year commitment.

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People spend a lot of time worrying about getting the perfect abs or the perfect biceps. But it’s just as important for overall appearance to focus on getting the perfect teeth.

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Having nice, straight white teeth only adds to your appearance, while discolored or crooked teeth will certainly take away.

Fortunately, there are plenty of options. They range in price from a tube of toothpaste and some floss to expensive dental surgeries. Depending on your situation, one may work better for you.

But let’s be honest: a good smile is priceless, and if this is the route your teeth need to go to be perfect, it’s probably worth it.

For more tips on how to look and feel your best, check out the rest of our blog. Good luck!