It is time to start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. What changes can we make to improve our health, our wealth and our happiness? Celebrity smiles in magazines give us something to aim for, so here are three resolutions that should help your smile shine as brightly as any film star’s.

Beat the celebs

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Eat right, smile bright

Foods such as coffee and red wine can stain your teeth, but some foods can have the opposite effect and really help your teeth get cleaner and whiter. According to Netdoctor, green tea contains compounds that can help remove plaque. Guava, shiitake mushrooms and kiwi fruit all contain vitamins and compounds that can improve the health of your mouth, teeth and gums.

Less exotic foods can also help. Onions, celery and cheese are great for your teeth, while parsley and mint can freshen your breath, especially after all those onions. Mustard and chicken are also great. As an added bonus, all of these foods can enhance your general health.

Get a little extra help

Sometimes your smile really needs an extra boost. Going to the dentist for a check-up and a cleaning is always a good idea, but you could also consider a whitening treatment. These treatments are non-surgical, non-invasive and painless, although they can make your teeth sensitive for a while. They are a great way to start your New Year. Teeth whitening treatments from professional dentists are the most effective and popular, and as Everyday Health points out, it’s not as expensive as many cosmetic dental procedures yet it does have a dramatic and very swift effect.

Straighten up

Maybe you’re happy with the colour of your teeth but you feel that they are uneven or gapped. Many people feel self-conscious when they smile but really don’t like the idea of wearing braces, especially as an adult. However, there are alternatives. Clear braces for adults are a fast, gentle and nearly invisible way of realigning teeth for a more confident smile. A dentist in Dublin, such as and many others, can help you smile with confidence.

For a confident, happy start to the new year, why not start with your smile? A bright smile is a great way to look and feel happier in 2016.