Teeth play a vital role in our everyday lives. They are individual units of our smile, and studies show that the smile is often the first thing people notice about others.
What does your smile say about you? When you laugh, do you worry about what others will think of your teeth? Do you hide your smile because you are embarrassed about the appearance of your teeth? Do your teeth show how hard the years have been? The following are characteristics of an aging smile- if you have noticed any of the following things, then dentistry may be the key to your anti-aging plan.
Do people ask if you are upset or why you never smile?
The teeth and the way they bite together support the face. Older looking faces look grumpy because the teeth are too short to provide adequate facial support. As the teeth wear down, the length of the face continues to shorten, leading to frown lines and intensifying that grumpy appearance. Dentistry can revitalize the entire face without surgery, botox or fillers by restoring the teeth to their previous length. When we restore the natural length of the teeth, this increases the support of the face and fills out those frown lines! When worn teeth have resulted in a collapsed bite that needs to be rebuilt and opened, custom porcelain restorations on the teeth are usually the best restorative option. The layer of porcelain acts as a protective layer and helps to preserve the natural tooth underneath. The new porcelain layer not only replaces the lost tooth structure, but it also gives the teeth a new shine and more natural looking color. Additionally, this unifies the appearance of teeth that have had multiple types of old restorations placed over the years.
Dentistry can revitalize the entire face without surgery, botox or fillers by restoring the teeth to their previous length. When we restore the natural length of the teeth, this increases the support of the face and fills out those frown lines!
Can you only see lower teeth –or no teeth– while you are talking?
Old people show lower teeth and younger people show upper teeth. This happens as wear collapses the bite and the upper teeth get worn down. This can also cause loss of lip support causing the lips to lengthen and droop covering what is left of the upper teeth. By restoring the bite and proper length of the teeth, dentistry can help you regain some of the lip support that has been lost over the years. When your upper teeth show, you will look more youthful and eliminate years from your appearance.
Are you worried about aging and worn-down dentistry?
Our natural teeth are designed to last a lifetime and absolutely can with proper home care and preventive dentistry. Over the years, though, dental work accumulates and resembles a patchwork quilt. In the harsh environment of the mouth, staining and breakdown of dental materials over time is inevitable. When dental restorations are minimal, procedures such as whitening combined with replacement of worn, tarnished metal fillings with newer bonded tooth colored restorations can change your appearance and brighten your smile.
When old dental work is more extensive and there are other problems such as chipped teeth and cavities, the way to achieve your best and healthiest smile may be through custom porcelain restorations. By restoring decaying, cracked and aging teeth, multiple health benefits are realized. The restored teeth are less prone to build-up and are easier to clean. Also, the elimination of cracks eliminates a direct pathway of bad bacteria into the teeth, reducing the chance of tooth infection. Cracks also cause the teeth to be unstable and weak leading to a broken tooth that may not be saveable.
Bottom line: Dentistry has changed over the years from preserving only the function of teeth, to an aspect of healthcare that can improve your overall physical health, appearance, and satisfaction with life. There are a broad range of options available depending on the current oral condition and desired results. It is important to note that dentistry, especially the cosmetic arena, is continually advancing, so you should choose a provider who is up-to-date and current in the latest technologies. Dr. Randi Green has completed and continues to pursue extensive training at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, the world-wide leading dental education center for comprehensive aesthetics and treatment of TMJ/TMD. Through this training, Dr. Green exhibits her commitment to excellence in education and practicing this passion and knowledge while caring for her patients.
Ready to take the next step? Call our dental office to set up your appointment today.