Improving The Perfect Smile: 4 Great Facial Exercises
Everybody knows that exercise is a superb way to keep your body in shape. Did you know that the same principle holds true for your face, though? In one of our previous article Diyhappy.com has revealed that facial exercises can do just as much as cosmetic surgery for perfecting your smile, reducing wrinkles, and improving the elasticity and tone of your skin.
Your face, like other parts of your body, contains muscles. Exercising these muscles results in more strength and more firmness. Besides improving the tone of your muscles, exercise also serves to encourage more blood flow. Regular exercise can make your whole face look healthier and younger.
If you’d like to brighten up your smile and your whole look, give these four great facial exercises a try. (Remember that a great smile needs great teeth, too!)
1) The Smile Exercise
This straightforward, incremental exercise is designed to strengthen the facial muscles that control your smile. By working on these muscles regularly, you can gain greater control over your face’s happy expressions. Begin in front of a mirror. This works whether you are standing or sitting; pick the position that feels most comfortable for you. Start with your lips and face relaxed.
Then stretch the corners of your mouth away from each other, stretching out your lips without letting them part. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
Next, open your lips just far enough to make the edge of your teeth visible while still stretching your mouth to the sides. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
Open your mouth wider, until roughly half of your teeth are showing. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
Finally, smile as wide as you can, exposing your teeth fully. Hold this position for 10 seconds.
Reverse the smile by going back through each step one at a time.
If need be, you can use your index fingers to stretch the corners of your mouth as you progress through the exercise.
2) The Eraser For Smile Lines
This exercise will reduce the prominence of wrinkles and fine lines around your mouth, making you look younger. The roots of the exercise go to yoga, where it’s known as the fish pose. It goes like this:
Pucker up as much as you can. You should suck in your cheeks and roll your lips out. Do your best to smile and pucker simultaneously.
Hold this position until you feel the muscles around your mouth start to tingle, then release it.
You only need to do this exercise once a day; you don’t want to strain your facial muscles with too many repetitions.
3) The Silly Rabbit
This exercise tones your cheek muscles and gives you better control of your smile. While this exercise is also best performed in front of a mirror, you may want to skip the mirror if you laugh too easily at silly faces.
Smile as wide as possible without opening your lips. Aim for a closed-mouth, ear-to-ear grin.
Wiggle your nose like a bunny; you should feel the muscles in your cheeks getting into the action.
Once your cheeks are engaged, hold the smile for five seconds.
Repeat this whole process 10 times.
4) The Face Lift Exercise
There’s one facial muscle that benefits from exercise above all others: the quadratus labli superioris. Exercising this muscle is great for preventing sagging skin and keeping the face looking youthful. Simply follow the directions provided here to start firming it up:
Open your mouth slightly and relax your upper lip as much as possible.
Flare your nostrils open as wide as you can and wrinkle your nose.
Pull your upper lip up hard and hold the position for 10 seconds. Release slowly.
Repeat the whole process 10 times.
If you’ve already taken steps to perfect your smile with cosmetic dentistry, why not go a little further by using face exercises to improve your smile even further. If you are still not satisfied with your smile you can buy a perfect smile veneer. We have just reviewed perfect smile veneers in one of our previous articles. You can find more information about those in our reviews of perfect smile veneers here.
If you’re looking for a Rio Rancho dentist to help you out with your smile, get in touch with us today.