You have always known your appearance will change as you age. While you might have been prepared for some wrinkles and a few gray hairs, you may not have expected tooth discoloration, missing teeth, or other issues with your smile. Although it’s normal for your teeth and gums to show signs of wear and tear, certain aesthetic flaws can make you look years older than your real age. Thankfully, you can turn back the clock with cosmetic dentistry. Here are 5 procedures to revamp your smile to combat the signs of aging.
1. Porcelain Veneers
It’s common to have concerns regarding the way your teeth look, such as dark coffee stains or a chipped tooth. No matter the imperfections, porcelain veneers can fix the flaws using just one procedure. Although you might be picturing bulky, square teeth, modern veneers are thinner than ever to look natural. Bonding a thin shell to the surface of each tooth visible when smiling can take years off your appearance by correcting gaps, discoloration, chips, and more.
2. Metal-Free Restorations
Metal fillings and crowns have been used for decades to repair damaged teeth. While they are effective, they stick out like a sore thumb. As soon as a person spots the restoration when you smile, they are going to know you’re older because modern fillings and crowns are metal-free. They are customized to match the appearance of your teeth to blend in seamlessly.
3. Dental Bonding
Although your enamel is the hardest substance in your body, it isn’t indestructible. Chips and fractures can occur from years of biting and chewing. Not to mention, poor oral hygiene habits in the past or gum disease might have left a permanent mark on your smile. Dental bonding is a simple and affordable option to repair minor issues, like chips, cracks, stains, and exposed tooth roots.
Typically, people think braces are for children, but 1 in 5 orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. You’re never too old to invest in a healthy, straight smile. Clear aligners can discreetly move your teeth into their ideal positions to make you look youthful, successful, and intelligent.
5. Teeth Whitening
Your teeth will naturally darken over the years because your enamel becomes thinner, causing more of your yellowish dentin to be visible. Years of drinking coffee or smoking can also make your smile look aged and dull. Teeth whitening can get your teeth up to 8 shades brighter. Your smile will look several years younger to give your confidence a boost.
Don’t feel insecure about aging teeth. Your cosmetic dentist will bring new life to your smile, so you’ll always look and feel your best.
About Dr. Tristan J. Parry
Dr. Parry earned his dental degree at the Ohio State University before continuing his training in periodontics and pedodontics. He has completed hundreds of hours of additional education courses in many advanced specialties, like sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry. If you’re ready to reveal a youthful smile, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.