Everyone wants to make a good first impression, no matter the occasion. When you walk into a room, you want people to notice that you are well-groomed and have made the effort to put your best foot forward. We've all been to the social occasion where a fashion or grooming faux-pas has made the gossip columns and it isn't pretty. But one of the most important aspects of your appearance are your teeth which can make or break your appearance. If your teeth aren't up to par, there are several ways you can correct the problem without breaking the bank.

Self-Whitening Toothpastes and Strips
There are hundreds of self-whitening toothpastes and strips on the market. Some work well, others don't. Most are not expensive and depending on the results you are looking for, a less expensive brand may be just the thing for you. It's a simple way to brighten up your smile, but they don't last as long as some other alternatives.

Dentist-applied whitening agents
Your dentist has access to more sophisticated methods of whitening materials and lights.
After analyzing your teeth, he or she will tell you what would work best for the results you want. There are relatively inexpensive methods of whitening and polishing teeth that are discolored. Your dentist might offer financing and most always accepts credit cards.

Plastic overlays for upper teeth
Dentists now offer inexpensive plastic overlays that can be made to order. These are not permanent and you can't eat while wearing them. But otherwise, you'll have everyone fooled that you've just had expensive dental work done.

Caps and Veneers
Caps and veneers are well worth it for many people. Both options can give you a radiant smile. Generally you need to have only your upper teeth fixed, which can save money.

For missing teeth, this is the best way to go unless you can get away with a good looking bridge or denture work. But do your homework first. Implants can be pricey and dentists differ drastically on their charges.

For women, wearing bright shades of clothing and a dark shade of lipstick always makes your teeth look better. We all aren't born with perfect teeth or completely white teeth. Smiling goes a long way to make you see more friendly and attractive. Use the tips above to help you feel more confident, and don't forget to smile when talking to people. Doing so will make you more approachable.

There are many things you can do to fix up your teeth and brighten your smile. These tips will help you to get your desired look and feel confident with your smile. Informational credit to Smith Family Dental.

Author's Bio: 

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about family, health, home and lifestyle. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.