A true Aussie knows how important it is that your teeth reflect the summer sunshine. And there is so much more to a beautiful smile than just brushing your teeth when you get up in the morning.

Who said a Hollywood smile is only reserved for Hollywood? Just because you live in New South Wales for instance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a blinding smile. And speaking of a blinding smile, here is how to achieve it.

1. Brush more often

It is a general recommendation to brush teeth both in the morning and before bed. And a lot of people will neglect the importance of brushing their teeth before bed – which is a hundred times worse than not brushing them in the morning. Why? While you are sleeping, your mouth produces a lot less saliva, which makes it easier for bacteria to inhabit the mouth. Furthermore, all that bacteria that got in your mouth during daytime will stay in there because you didn’t brush your teeth before bed.

However, that’s not all. Brushing your tongue is also important for both lowering the risk of tooth decay and bad breath. And speaking of brushing, consider switching to fluoride toothpaste, since fluoride is the best defense against tooth decay. It both kills germs and provides your teeth with a special protective barrier.

2. Be careful what you eat

Ditch acidic foods. Acidity is responsible for breaking down tooth enamel which later on causes dentin to expose and all the germs and bacteria to penetrate into your tooth. This, of course, results in tooth decay. And just to be clear here, the second sugar gets in contact with your saliva, it instantly turns into acid. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with having a Lamington every now and then, but try controlling your portions, okay?

Speaking of nutrition, you might want to consider chewing xylitol gum instead of regular ones. This fun substance tricks the bacteria in your mouth into thinking they can consume and digest it, while in reality, they won’t be able to break it down. And since that will be the only sugar in their surroundings, they will all starve to death. How poetic.

3. Change your habits

Sure, it is lovely to have a glass of red wine when you get off work, and you probably cannot start your day without a big ol’ latte, but if it can stain your white T-shirt, it can stain your teeth as well. However, you don’t have to cut those favorite beverages of yours from your life completely, but rather take a sip of water after a sip of latte and brush your teeth afterwards.

And don’t even get me started on smoking

4. Talk to your dentist

A Hollywood smile is not just about that blinding whiteness. It is also about health and shape of your teeth. And to be honest, most of us just aren’t blessed with 32 straight pearls arranged in our mouth in a horseshoe shape. This is why it is important to do your dental checkups regularly.

5. Braces

It is a common misconception that braces are only for kids. They work for everyone from 8 to 88. And if you have crooked teeth, it may be time to fix that.

There are there options to choose from: invisalign, regular metal braces and ceramic braces.

Invisalign is a clear plastic tray that is almost invisible while being worn and they are super practical because they can be removed daily for up to two hours so you can do your eating and brushing and flossing. And remember how I talked about New South Wales earlier? Well, check this out, you can get high quality invisalign braces in Maroubra– the cool Sydney suburb just 10km from central business district. How cool is that?

Metal braces are a slightly harsher solution that will definitely do wonders for your teeth, regardless to how crooked their appearance might be. Ceramics do the same job, but they are a lot less visible.

6. Whitening

If your teeth color is making you insecure, you can always opt for teeth whitening. There are two options for it – either with whitening strips or professionally. And while strips are an easier, more affordable at-home solution, having this done professionally will give you longer-lasting results – but there are some risks.

7. Be clever with makeup

If you love wearing lipsticks, here is one fun solution for you – you can create the illusion of whiter teeth by wearing blue-based lipsticks. It all revolves around the color wheel – blue hues cancel yellow hues when juxtaposed.

8. Don’t forget to floss

There are some specks you just cannot pull out, not even with the tiniest toothpick. Flossing is an important thing to do, and it takes approximately minute and a half of your time, so don’t be lazy about it. Your teeth will thank you.

Having a beautiful smile isn’t that hard at all, right?