Although youthful skin is important for looking younger, don’t forget your smile. Your teeth can give clues to your “actual miles,” even if skin care keeps your face smooth and wrinkle-free.
If you feel self-conscious about the way that your teeth age you, preventative and cosmetic dentistry can help you restore and maintain your good looks. Rejuvenating your smile improves your self-esteem, giving you a confidence boost that can also increase your work and social success.
Tooth loss is associated with advanced aging, although a number of factors can cause even young adults to lose teeth prematurely. Gaps in your smile can cause you to look older because of the association between aging and tooth loss. Not only that, but your missing teeth can cause premature wrinkles and give your face a sunken appearance. Your teeth provide structure to the muscles of your face. Without teeth, your facial muscles sag, and wrinkles form in the displaced skin. And once the teeth are loss, your body may begin to remove jawbone, which it perceives as unnecessary now that the teeth are gone. This further removes support from your facial tissues.
You can restore your smile and give your facial muscles support with cosmetic dental restorations. Durable dental implants and bridges can effectively fill small gaps in your smile, although only dental implants stimulate your jawbone and prevent resorption.
Staying on top of your oral hygiene can also prevent you from looking older. Flossing removes food particles from between your teeth and around your gums. By removing these particles, you can protect yourself from a receding gum line caused by gum disease. A receding gum line is associated with aging, which can add years to your face.
Likewise, brushing your teeth removes food and cavity-causing bacteria from the surface of your teeth. Regular tooth brushing protects your teeth from decay, and it can help prevent staining of your teeth. Be wary of whitening toothpastes, though, which can be abrasive and will actually make your teeth look more yellow. Regularly practicing good oral hygiene habits can also prevent tooth loss as a result of gum disease or tooth decay.
The materials that you choose when fixing tooth damage can age you or preserve your youthful features. Silver fillings and metal dental crowns effectively repair damage, but other people can see these restorations every time you open your mouth. The more restorations you have, the older you look.
Instead, you can choose white fillings and porcelain dental crowns to repair damaged teeth. Cosmetic dentists carefully color-match these tooth-colored restorations with your other teeth for a natural look. Unless you tell people, nobody will know how many teeth you needed to repair over the years.
You are unique, and deserve to receive personalized care tailored to your specific dental and cosmetic needs. At Collins Dentistry and Aesthetic, Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins work with you to learn about your personal aesthetic goals. Using the latest technology, Drs. Collins will help you recover your youth and maintain your oral health.
If you would like to learn more about what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics in Spokane or 509-228-3998 for an appointment at our Spokane Valley office.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-368-7788