Did you know that your teeth can make you look older than you really are? When teeth are yellowed, poorly aligned, or there are missing teeth, it will make you look years older. On the other hand, straight white teeth are an indication of youth. With the right kind of dental work, here is how to make your face look young and take ten years off – or even more.
Aging Teeth Ages You
When your teeth are showing signs of aging, people tend to look at you as being older. A study revealed that your smile affects the appearance of your age even more than wrinkles and lines.Gums also tend to recede as you age, which makes your teeth look longer – and older. As a result, you will tend to smile less because you are not as confident about your smile. You tend to hide your teeth somewhat.
Treating Your Teeth Can Reverse the Appearance of Age
If you want to regain a more youthful appearance, it is important that you have some dental work to correct flaws. People love seeing someone with a beautiful smile and white teeth. It is refreshing. Besides, people with a nice smile are glad to show off their teeth.
Whiten Your Teeth
One of the best ways to make your smile look younger is by teeth whitening. This is true because as you age, your teeth become yellow and stained. Removing the discoloration with teeth whitening procedures will help you look younger – and more pleasant to look at. There are several options for getting whiter teeth, but the fastest is only available at your dentist's office. A dentist uses stronger chemicals than what you can get at the store, which means you get faster results. In fact, after about one to two hours in the chair, your teeth can be made six or more shades whiter. The process works best on yellow-stained teeth.
When you have teeth that are stained, short, slightly misaligned, or gaps between your teeth, dental veneers can correct those problems and give you magnificent looking teeth. Veneers are thin caps that are placed on the front of your teeth. They are ceramic and must be made in a lab.Certain types of dental work can even remove the wrinkles around your mouth. As you age, the bottom edge of your upper teeth becomes harder to see, called the smile line. With corrective measures, such as veneers, you can get your smile line realigned. This is an excellent method to show you how to look younger. A similar option – but with the same effect and less expensive, is the application of composite resin to the front of your teeth. This procedure can produce similar results, and it is often completed in one sitting. It can also help remove the wrinkles around your upper lip.
Quitting smoking will also be beneficial to help you and your teeth look younger. Those who smoke will generally find that they have more mouth problems than non-smokers. These problems will include sores in the mouth, disease of the gums, and mouth ulcers. Smoking will also add wrinkles and lines to your face, and will lead your skin to lose its elasticity – making you look much older than you really are. Once you stop smoking, some of the youthfulness you lost will be regained after a while.
The receding of your gums is another indication that you are aging; or, it may be an indication that you have gum disease. This causes the teeth to look longer. If your gums have already receded, you will likely need gum grafts to shorten the appearance of your teeth. This procedure will also help you hold on to your teeth longer because it will protect the roots of your teeth from decay and cavities.
Get Rid of Metal Fillings
Having a mouth full of metal-colored fillings will make you look older. These can be replaced with fillings that are tooth-colored. This composite resin material is also healthier and will help your teeth to appear whiter and more natural.
Straighten Your Teeth
Aging changes the shape of your mouth because your teeth may drift out of place. This can happen even if you had them straightened out when you were still young. Now you have a couple of options to get them straight again and help your face to look younger. You can choose to go with traditional orthodontics, modified orthodontics using thinner wires and clear brackets which make them harder to see, or Invisalign, which is an invisible set of aligners that fits over your teeth.
Another result of straightening your teeth is that as you age, your jaw tends to shrink some and this moves your teeth inward. This will cause there to be dark edges on the outside of your smile – where your teeth once were. Getting your teeth aligned correctly will help remove this problem.
Replace Missing Teeth
If you have some teeth that are missing, or that will likely need to be extracted, there are a couple of options. Crowns can provide your tooth with a beautiful cap that will look natural. They can either be placed on top of decayed teeth that still have a healthy root, or be put on a bridge.Another one of the ways to look younger and replace teeth is to get dental implants. These are excellent options for when teeth must be removed, or already have been. They can replace one or more adjacent teeth, or even all of them, and it can be completed in one visit. This option is very popular and your teeth look natural, and the enamel on nearby teeth does not need to be damaged. You also have the benefit of having teeth that do not slide like dentures, letting you eat and talk like your natural teeth. They may also last as long as you do, too.
If you live in the Carrolton, TX or Grapevine, TX areas, you can contact Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist. He can help make your teeth look younger and take years off of your face – with facelift dentistry. Contact his office today for more information at 214-390-3154, or to set up a consultation for a more youthful appearance.