Surprising Ways Your Smile Can Make You Look Younger

Over time, your smile ages right along with the rest of your body. Along with tooth decay, your teeth can shift as the enamel becomes thinner. They can also chip or wear down and look stubby as you age. However, there are several treatments to make your smile look dramatically younger--some that can be completed in just one or two visits.

Fix gaps: If your teeth are naturally gappy or uneven in size, a set of veneers can dramatically alter your smile (should take about two to three appointments with a cosmetic surgeon. Bonding, a one-time procedure, can also help with minor gaps or to elongate teeth, which can create a healthier, sexier smile that takes the years off.

Straighten up: When you were younger, a few crooked teeth probably didn't age you much. However, as your face starts to naturally lose volume, crooked teeth may look more pronounced, and even cause your lips to appear thinner or "caved in." Veneers can be a quick solution to slightly crooked teeth, but if you have more time, you might opt for traditional braces or invisible braces, depending on what your dentist recommends.

Get a "lift": If you are losing facial volume, a traditional facelift isn't your only option. Your dentist can use veneers or bonding to build out your back teeth to support your cheekbones and even soften nasolabial folds. So you'll wind up with a younger smile and better cheekbones during the same treatment.

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