Aging is unavoidable. Looking old or premature aging, however, is not necessary requirement for this day and age. And you certainly don’t need excessively invasive or expensive surgical procedures to get the results you desire. You may, however, just need some special cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedures. For years, multiple studies have proven that the simple act of smiling can reverse aging instantly. Of course, if your smile is weak, dingy, or otherwise unappealing, your smile can have the opposite effect. Here are some simple ways cosmetic dentistry can help you look and feel younger.
Whiten and Brighten
What happens when you look into someone’s bloodshot eyes? If you’re like most people, you assume they’re tired, overworked, stressed, unhealthy, or even drunk. Dull eyes instantly age a person. The same is true for dull teeth. Years of smoking, drinking coffee, eating certain foods, and skimping on your oral health care can lead to stained teeth. Over-the-counter kits are one size fits all solutions that can be a waste of time and money. A cosmetic dentist, however, can create a custom whitening kit that can melt years away during your lunch hour.
Chips and Cracks
Tooth enamel is relatively weak compared to life habits. As we age, the enamel becomes sensitive. Fine lines appear in the surface, and deeper cracks or chips can result. Once a chip occurs, the tooth nerves can become exposed. That leads to extra sensitivity, deeper stains, and more damage to the weakened tooth. A porcelain crown or cap is custom made to fit over the damaged area and completely disguise it as a beautiful, functioning tooth. So you’re the only one who has to know any work has been done.
Plump up the Lips
Who doesn’t want perfect, pouty lips? Even if you’re graced with them in youth, that can change as you age. As teeth wear throughout life, the plump skin surrounding the lips shrink. Wrinkles form on the skin, often leaving behind thin lines that barely resemble lips at all. Porcelain veneers can plump back up the lips while transforming your smile from dull to dazzling. The custom-made porcelain shells fit right over your existing teeth to hide common tooth concerns, plump up the lips, and fill in even stubborn lines and wrinkles.
Drooping Skin and Sagging Cheeks
If you look at an especially older looking person, you probably notice their face. As we age, facial skin tends to droop and sink into the cheeks. A person’s face can actually look concave as though they’re sucking the skin into their mouth like a fish. If the condition is premature aging, chances are it’s due to missing teeth. The jaw loses an anchor with every tooth that falls out of place. Eventually, that weakens the jawbone and the structure of the face collapses.
It’s not an uncommon issue, but you certainly don’t have to accept it. Dentures can help reform the face, but they’re often removable and can’t be left in 24/7. Dental implants, however, are permanent options for replacing missing teeth and regaining your confidence while reversing the premature aging process. When you’re ready to look and feel better than you have in years, contact Family and Cosmetic Dental Care to see what they can do for you.