As you age you may notice your smile beginning to sag. But does that mean it’s time for a facelift?
“Facial surgery isn’t always the answer to a sagging, sluggish smile,” says New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS. As we age, the skin and underlying muscles start to lost elasticity and definition, and the lower face starts to cave inward. “Did you ever notice how older people have a short distance between their nose and chin? It’s because their smile has lost structural support,” he says. Your dentist can use bonding, veneers, (superthin porcelain coverings on your teeth) or crowns, which cover the teeth on all sides, to build up the smile.
Termed by many dentists as the nosurgical smile facelift, the procedure restores shape to the face by building out the muscles. “If a patient wants a fuller, poutier smile, we can build up the front teeth, causing the front lip to roll up and look more pronounced,” says Cleveland cosmetic dentist John Heimke, DMD. Adds Dr. Smigel, “We can also lift the cheeks and add dimension to the back part of the smile, softening the nasolabial line and creating a ‘cheekbone effect’.” Even with procedures like these, cosmetic dentistry isn’t a viable facelift alternative. “Cosmetic dentistry has its place, but it can’t provide the same effects as a surgical facelift,” says Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS.
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