Cosmetic Dentistry Can Make You Look Younger
As we get older, we start to notice the effects of aging, such as decreased flexibility, weight gain, and a lessened sense of perception (not to mention junk mail from AARP).
Additionally, an overall decline of oral health and changes to how teeth appear in your mouth are also part of the equation. It’s because of the way aging affects teeth that the idiom “long in the tooth” was born.
Here are some of the most common reasons why it’s necessary to have cosmetic dentistry performed to help you look younger.
Aging and Dental Care
The body systems begin to slow down as we age. It affects every organ of the body including teeth and hair. Aging leads to thinning of the layers of the skin, and therefore dental problems are easier to see in the mouth. Gradually deteriorating support to the teeth changes the form of the face naturally over time. The lips begin to tip inward and begin to look thinner than they did before. Teeth that have not received proper attention begin to decay, and cheekbones become hollow. Gums can also recede, adding to the long-teeth effect.
A lifetime of behaviors can easily influence how the teeth would change during the aging process. The five most common dental problems associated with aging are:
- Gum disease caused by poor dental hygiene
- Dry mouth caused by a natural decrease in production of saliva
- Changes in denture fit caused by problems in the gum lines and teeth
- Increased chance of developing oral cancer
- More tooth decay influenced by ill-fitting dentures, less saliva, and gum disease
Cosmetic Dentistry As We Age
No two people are the same. While some people might have problems with their gums, others may have problems with their dental bridges or that some of their teeth are chipped or stained. No matter what sign of aging you see in your mouth, cosmetic dentistry can help.
Dental veneers have come a long way and are a good option that can fix several issues with your teeth. Thin shells of porcelain are attached to your existing teeth and work well for those who wish to fix problems caused by diastema (gaps between teeth), or by excessive staining of the teeth beyond repair. You could choose natural looking veneers or go for more glamorous-looking ones for a Hollywood smile.
Restorations are typically performed by an experienced dentist when a patient has had a lot of bad dental work done earlier, or if there are many issues needing repair, such as chipped or missing teeth resulting from aging or poor care.
Gum grafting will put to rest any “long in the tooth” comments for good. This procedure is done to restore gums that have receded over time. This is a common procedure among seniors, because it makes eating and drinking cold/hot foods a much better experience.
Implants are a good option if your gums are healthy. By using an anchor embedded into your gums, a fake tooth can be matched to your existing teeth and permanently implanted. Implant patients can enjoy a smile without having to worry about their dental work getting in the way.
Anyone going through dental problems resulting from age will tell you that it is an experience that is no less than surreal. Although some things can be done to prevent these issues, others just cannot be avoided. So if this happens to you, don’t worry! You can be prepared to fight the battle with techniques such as Porcelain Veneers.