Aging isn’t easy, and there are plenty of ways to try to combat it. You can get a new wardrobe, a flashier car, or a personal trainer. You can get a face lift, fillers, an updated hairstyle, or age-defying creams. These efforts might work and can go a long way toward boosting your confidence and make you feel better about getting older. However, they don’t necessarily have longevity. There is one thing you can do to make you look younger immediately: a smile makeover.
Anti-aging dentistry is a fast, long-lasting way to look younger, healthier, and happier. It presents the best version of yourself. Cosmetic dentistry can be the answer to many common aging complaints. Here are just some:
PROBLEM #1: SAGGING CHEEKS
SOLUTION: DENTAL IMPLANTS
Missing teeth lead to sagging or hollow cheeks. A missing molar might not seem noticeable, but over time your skin will shift as a result of the hole in your smile. Get rid of developing jowls by replacing missing teeth with dental implants that will fill in the gaps of your smile, rebuild the foundation of your teeth, and help stave off sagging skin.
PROBLEM #2: DARK GAPS IN THE CORNERS OF YOUR SMILE
SOLUTION: PORCELAIN VENEERS
Black holes can appear at the corners of your mouth with age. The mouth and face inevitably change as years pass, but this narrowing doesn’t have to be permanent. Porcelain veneers are a fountain of youth. Veneers can be used to manipulate the size of your teeth by making them look white, straight, and attractive, which eliminates corner darkness. Bonus: Veneers can even enhance lips without the need for fillers or tingly lip plumpers.
PROBLEM #3: WORN DOWN TEETH
SOLUTION: INVISALIGN OR TMJ TREATMENT
The longer you live, the more wear and tear teeth undergo. That can impact the jaw’s functionality, causing discomfort. Pain leads to grimaces rather than grins and makes you look older than you actually are. Depending on your situation, your cosmetic dentist might recommend orthodontia. Invisalign is ideal for adults who want to resurrect their smile on the sly. Alternatively, grinding or clenching leads to unattractive worn-down teeth, and TMJ treatment can fix the root of this problem.
PROBLEM #4: STAINED TEETH
SOLUTION: TOOTH WHITENING
Years of drinking coffee or wine, smoking, or simply aging can discolor teeth, making you look older and unhealthy. Some stains are easily removed, and a professional tooth-whitening treatment can revitalize your smile and your overall appearance. This is one of the simplest cosmetic dentistry treatments available and, if right for you, can happen in just one hour.
PROBLEM #5: CHIPPED OR BROKEN TEETH
SOLUTION: SMILE MAKEOVER
Aging teeth can crack, chip, or break. Bad habits like chewing on pencils or ice and opening things with your teeth can cause breakage as well. Broken teeth can be fixed with any number of cosmetic dentistry treatments, from porcelain crowns to dental implants or porcelain veneers.
The goal of anti-aging dentistry is to adjust the size and shape of teeth into a flattering customized look that will smooth wrinkles around your mouth, support your jaw, and balance your smile. Plastic surgery can only take you so far and can easily look unnatural. A beautiful, healthy smile will strip years off your actual age and revitalize your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry is a minimally invasive way to wind back the clock. Even the smallest adjustment to your smile can transform your look and your confidence.
Dr. Kathryn Sneed is the owner of Sneed Dental Arts. For a free consultation or more information call Sneed Dental Arts at 901.472.7070 or visit http://www.sneeddentalarts.com