Made New Year’s resolutions?
Already wondering if you have the willpower to stick to them?
Why not make things easier with one simple (but potentially life-changing) goal – to take better care of your smile.
Read on to find out more about why 2023 should be the year of your smile.
Smile more – it’s a win-win
Here at the Harley Street Smile Clinic, we believe looking after teeth and maintaining oral health is a resolution that’s really worth sticking to.
Do this, and not only will you look and feel great, but you’ll also enjoy positive knock-on effects in all areas of your life… which can bolster your chances of sticking to any other New Year promises you may have made.
Extra benefits without even trying?! Now there’s an incentive to look after your smile if ever we heard one. Let’s take a closer look at what they are…
Benefits of looking after your smile
- Weight loss
Water – uber healthy, cheap, and great for teeth!
Ideally, we should all aim to drink 6 to 9 glasses of water a day. With zero calories and sugar content, not only does drinking water help to wash away any food debris left behind after eating, but it also reduces the risk of staining caused by darker drinks such as tea and coffee.
By switching just a few of your daily drinks – fizzy pop, cordial, red wine, hot chocolate – for this healthier alternative, you’ll see (and feel) untold benefits for both your oral and physical health.
- Improved complexion
Drinking more water and making improvements to your diet will not only encourage weight loss but will also promote healthier skin, brighter eyes, whiter teeth, and glossier hair.
It doesn’t even have to be anything major. In the same way that simply upping your water intake will have a knock-on effect, so too will switching out sugary tooth-decaying snacks for healthier choices, ensuring you get the right balance of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to look and function at its best.
- More ‘you’ time
Make a pledge to look after your teeth and you’ll find yourself carving out more ‘you’ time, too.
Little things like making a habit of taking yourself off to bed 10 minutes early to allow time to brush thoroughly, floss, and use mouthwash, provide the perfect bedtime prep for your teeth and your mind. Preventing you from getting distracted by your phone, and helping you to switch off ready to enjoy a more peaceful night’s rest, instead.
- Increased determination to quit smoking
There are 48,500 new lung cancer cases every year in the UK. By stopping smoking, you can add 10 years or more to your life expectancy.
Scary facts – but they’re not always enough.
If you’ve tried and failed to quit smoking before, it might be that you need a more visual incentive – like your smile!
Smoking causes untold damage to mouths, gums, and teeth. The nicotine and tar in tobacco inflict terrible stains and yellowing, and that’s before you start on the massively increased risk of gum disease and decay.
Commit to your smile this year and it could be the extra push you need to cut back on smoking. Why not reward your hard efforts with a smile makeover or other cosmetic dental treatment to help restore your smile? When you see just how great you look, it could be the motivation you need to stick with it.
- Mental health boost
Want to make 2023 your year? Feeling positive about the appearance of your smile can really boost your self-confidence. You could bag that promotion you’ve been hankering after or a date with someone special, or just enjoy a more positive outlook – your smile really does have that much power!
Commit to looking after your smile – and do more of it – and your brain will release more neuropeptides. These clever little molecules help to fend off stress and trigger neurotransmitters such as endorphins (feel-good hormones) and serotonin – the body’s natural anti-depressant, famed for helping to stave off anxiety and depression.
- Improved physical health
Oral health can act as an early indicator of other health issues – heart problems, diabetes, mouth cancer, the list goes on. Keeping a careful check on your smile can help to highlight any changes and identify potential problems early.
Paying close attention to your smile in 2023 can help you to keep track of your overall physical well-being.
Worried about finances?
We get it – and you’re not on your own.
According to YouGov, of the one in five Brits making resolutions for 2023, 41% say one of their aims will be to spend less and save more. Making saving money the fourth most popular resolution, just below the usual suspects of exercising more, losing weight, and eating healthily.
But financing oral health and cosmetic dental procedures shouldn’t be seen as a frivolous expense. It’s an investment in your future success, happiness, and mental well-being.
It also doesn’t need to cost the earth.
There are a host of inexpensive things you can do to commit to improving your smile – such as switching to whitening toothpaste, flossing, and booking regular check-ups with your dentist.
If you want to go further than this, at The Smile Clinic we aim to make our cosmetic dental treatments available to anyone who feels they may benefit. By tailoring our service around you and your specific smile requirements, we make sure you only pay for exactly what you want and need. We also offer regular special offers and finance deals.
Go on – make a resolution worth keeping and give yourself something to really smile about in 2023.