Jowls. Hangdog. No one wants either word anywhere close to a description of their appearance. Unfortunately, age has different ideas, and missing teeth do too. If your jawline is starting to look different and you suspect the problem is more than sagging skin succumbing to gravity, it’s time to contact your Midtown restorative dentist.
Missing Teeth Can Change the Shape of Your Face
It may seem like one or two missing teeth couldn’t possibly affect your appearance, especially if they’re back molars that are hardly noticeable, right? Not true. Your smile isn’t all about looks – it’s about quality and function, too.
Eventually, the holes in your smile will close up, but that’s not a good thing. When your remaining teeth shift to take the place of absent teeth, your jaw begins to change too. The stability and health of your smile is compromised and you are susceptible to more oral health complications – including a changing face shape.
The Magic of Restorative Dentistry
Restoring missing teeth does more than give you a smile you’re happy to show off and a bite that works perfectly. Restorative dentistry rehabilitates your smile. Dental restorations and cosmetic dentistry procedures can make you look younger, healthier, and happier. If you have a great smile that you’re proud to show off, you’ll automatically wipe a few years off your face. If you don’t have any holes in your smile from missing teeth, you’ll look healthier.
- Dental implants take the place of missing teeth. The implant replaces the tooth root that is gone, and because the implant is surgically put into the jawbone, it stimulates the jawline so the area remains strong and is less susceptible to moving in the wrong direction.
- Porcelain veneers can minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. The simple presence of the veneers can give your lips a boost, making them look a little plumper.
- Full-mouth reconstruction usually includes multiple dental restorations, including restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and neuromuscular procedures. A smile that is more robust in all ways will give you confidence and make you look better.
Just one missing tooth can make a difference in your appearance. Multiple missing teeth or an entire missing arch of teeth will change you tremendously, and not in a good way. Restore what’s missing and you’ll see that the old you is back in business, better than ever.
Get Great Teeth, Smile More, Be Happier
You might find yourself with more crow’s feet because you’re smiling so much, but those are good wrinkles, the kind that let people know you’re happy. Talk to your Manhattan restorative dentist about the right dental restorations to improve your smile and minimize a sagging jawline. Along with procedures to support your smile, there are ways to improve the strength of your facial muscles too.
Remember, your dentist isn’t just fixing problems, he’s making you look better at the same time with natural-looking restorations for a complete smile. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Michael J. Wei at his Midtown Manhattan dental office on Madison Avenue.