With age comes many changes and your smile is no exception. While skin experiences a loss of elasticity and collagen, the teeth and gums go through age-related wear and tear, which can accentuate an aged appearance. Atlanta cosmetic dentist Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS, says, “as we age, there is no reason why the smile should look older per se—but the telltale symptoms are color, wear and loss of gum tissue.” With the right treatments, you can transform your smile and take years off your appearance.
As we age, teeth begin to wear. Worn teeth can negatively affect fullness in the face, enhancing already sagging facial features and making them appear even more aged. “With age, the chewing surfaces may shorten, which can make the face and facial profile appear collapsed, meaning it will appear older,” says Staten Island, NY, cosmetic dentist Louis F. DeSantis, DDS.
Veneers or crowns can be the optimal choice for correcting worn and misshapen teeth. “Porcelain veneers or crowns can lengthen and whiten,” says Malibu, CA, cosmetic dentist Bob S. Perkins, DDS. “In cases where the patients’ lower and upper jaws have become too close together due to wear, the bite can be restored to bring back the length and to make the face much fuller and more proportioned.”
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