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New Year, New Look: Bracing Up for a more Confident You in 2017

Confident Woman from BloomsburyWith the year coming to a close, there is one thing you should keep in mind: It is never too late for anything, as long as you put in the effort to realise it.

If the appearance of your teeth, for instance, is holding you back, there’s no better time than right now to visit your dentist and have them fixed. On the other hand, if your wardrobe doesn’t fully express who you are, get new clothes that will — you worked hard for it, after all. Most importantly, if you are not entirely confident about yourself at the moment, look for something that will give you a sense of fulfilment.

Fixing up Your Smile

Crooked teeth and misaligned bites are now easy dental fixes these days. Among the treatments you can choose from are traditional braces, the discreet Six Month Smiles braces and the increasingly popular Invisalign procedure. You may also opt for the Inman Aligner for misaligned front teeth or the ClearSmile Brace system which, according to Fresh Dental, fits with ease into the most hectic of lifestyles.

Discoloured teeth shouldn’t put a damper on your Holiday celebrations as well — make time for yourself and have a whitening treatment instead. Moreover, think of the New Year as a chance to catch up on other preventive treatments or dental cleanings that your busy schedule may have prevented you from attending to in the past.

Upgrading Your Closet

Does low self-esteem arise because of bad fashion choices or is the shoddy manner of dress an expression of a lack of self-confidence? Whatever the answer, just keep in mind that when you are comfortable in what you wear, it shows in the way you hold yourself and interact with others. As Professor Karen Pine wrote in her book, Mind What You Wear: The Psychology of Fashion, ‘When we put on a piece of clothing, we cannot help but adopt some of the characteristics associated with it, even if we are unaware of it’.

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To get a boost of confidence, examine your wardrobe and upgrade your clothes into those that actually reflect your personal style and make you feel good. Don’t ever sacrifice your comfort for the sake of fashion, though.

The journey to a healthy sense of self may involve fixing up your smile and upgrading your closet into something distinctly ‘you’. It is not the only thing you could be doing, however. There are other, completely valid ways to develop your self-confidence and nothing should keep you from trying it out. It’s all good as long as you enjoy what you are doing. This 2017, find a genuinely fulfilling hobby or job to boost your faith in yourself!

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