Decreased sense perception and less flexibility are some of the effects of aging, changes to our oral health and the appearance of our teeth are also part of the aging process. “Long in the tooth” (meaning older) is an idiom that reflects the effects age can have on our oral cavity. Many people feel like a youth on the inside and are not happy with the signs of age they see beginning to appear in the mirror.
Our teeth, which provide support and give form to the lower portion of our face, naturally shift over time. This can cause our lips to tilt inward and appear thinner. As the teeth wear down they do not support our cheeks adequately, and can make wrinkles stand out. The gum tissue can begin to recede and create the long tooth effect referenced above.
Our smiles are constantly changing from the time we are born. We grow teeth, lose them, grow permanent teeth, and if we aren’t careful with dental care, we can lose them. Many people consider plastic surgery or dermatology to battle the appearance of growing older, but cosmetic dentistry can provide a more youthful appearance while protecting or improving our oral health. Dentists are rapidly becoming our newest, and most health enhancing, beauty professionals.
Great oral hygiene, a balanced nutritious diet, exercise, adequate sleep, and drinking plenty of water can help fight the aging process. When these activities are combined with regular dental care and enhanced by cosmetic dental procedures, we can look years younger. A bright, healthy smile is perceived as a sign of youth, vigor, health, and vitality.
Each of us age in our own unique way. Dr. Sameet Koppikar and the talented team at Biltmore Dental Center offer a variety of cosmetic services to improve our smiles and our lives, no matter what our individual needs may be.
- Porcelain veneers can address the esthetic issues caused by chips, wear, thinning enamel, discoloration, and a number of other issues.
- Teeth whitening can remove the discoloration caused by years of staining foods and beverages.
- Restorations such as implants, bridges, and dentures can fill the gaps if teeth are missing. Crowns can cover damaged or misshapen teeth.
- Tooth colored fillings can replace dark metal amalgam.
- Gum recontouring can reshape the pretty pink frames for your pearly whites.
Call Biltmore Dental Center today at (602) 954-8200 and schedule an appointment to learn which cosmetic dentistry procedures can help you take a few years off of your appearance.