The fountain of youth may not be as elusive as it once was. Cosmetic dentistry has made it possible to achieve a newer, younger-looking you. Skin creams and fresh hairstyles can make an impact on your appearance, but it’s possible to lose years off of your face with one incredibly powerful choice: changing your smile.
Over time, our skin loses its elasticity. Wrinkles and jowls develop, lips thin – it’s a sad state of affairs but one that, the older we get, we’re all susceptible to experiencing. And, of course, our teeth can experience the brutal force of aging as well. Cosmetic dentistry can slow and even reverse a great deal of the signs of aging. And, in many cases, this new you can be achieved in just a few visits to your dentist.
While we all have our own particular complaints about our aging selves, there are some grievances that are incredibly common:
When you’re missing teeth, especially molars, the foundation of your smile is altered dramatically. And no one wants to feel even older by wearing dentures to compensate for these gaps in your smile. Tooth loss is not an uncommon aging side effect, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants replace the root of your tooth, creating the stability that your smile needs and helping to eliminate sagging skin or jowls in the process.
Years of smoking, a fondness for drinking wine or coffee, and simple aging itself are all culprits behind tooth discoloration. One of the fastest ways to look younger and healthier is with professional teeth whitening. In just about an hour, this powerful whitening treatment can spruce up your grin dramatically. If you have more penetrating stains on your teeth, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers or Cerinate Lumineers instead.
As you age, teeth can chip, crack, and even break. And, if you nurse bad habits like crunching on ice or opening things with your teeth, you’re at even greater risk for broken enamel. Porcelain tooth crowns easily repair chipped or cracked teeth, are designed to blend with your existing teeth for a natural look, and have incredible durability.
Your body produces less collagen as you age and collagen is the all-important ingredient that gives your lips their volume. You can seek out lip venoms and fillers, but these solutions are temporary and not always very natural-looking. The best option for combating thin lips is customized porcelain veneers which are shaped and extended to flatter your appearance, allowing your lips to sit differently on your teeth and contribute to fuller-looking lips. Bonus: Veneers and lumineers can also fill out the fine lines and wrinkles around your lips and mouth.
Your cosmetic dentistry smile makeover will be customized to your needs so that you end up with a white, straight, attractive new smile. Changing your teeth can not only make you look younger, they can also make you look happier, smarter, wealthier, and healthier. Who doesn’t love that boost of confidence at any age? Consult with Dr. Michael J. Wei at Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist to determine what methods of anti-aging dentistry are right for you.