The importance of dental hygiene is highlighted by the fact that a dazzling smile could be the difference between making friends and losing them.
According to the UK-based Daily Mail newspaper, research suggests that a winning smile will impact positively on a person's love, professional and private life.
One illustration of this is that the number of times Julia Roberts smiles on screen is apparently correlated to how well the films do at the box office.
As a result, people with crooked teeth would do well to consider veneers - a thin porcelain shell which is bolted to teeth.
They are attached using special denting bonding material which can last up to 20 years, and not only improve a smile but also make teeth easier to clean so they are less vulnerable to disease.
Meanwhile, those with yellow teeth could consider teeth whitening - which can go a long way towards turning a dull smile into a bright one.
For this treatment, a gel is applied onto the teeth and a blue light positioned over the,
In just one treatment, it is possible to brighten teeth by up to 11 shades - and the effects can last as long as two years.
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