Three Ways Your Smile Is Aging You

One of the first things people notice, the smile does more than make a first impression. It affects the overall appearance of your face. Think about it: your smile is front and center on your face and acts as the underlying structure for the lower third of it. Poor shade, shape or structure of the smile can add 10 years or more to your look. Thankfully, you and your dentist can identify and treat all of these issues.

When you think of anti-aging treatments, your first thought may not be your teeth, but perhaps it should be. “More people are becoming age-conscious and searching for means to help them look younger. What most people don’t realize is that age affects more than just skin and hair,” says Tinley Park, IL, cosmetic dentist Zack Zaibak, DDS. “One aspect that reveals your true age is your smile.” 

1. Dingy color makes the smile appear dull. If your teeth aren’t the right shade of white, they may be negatively impacting your look, making your face and your smile look older than they really are. “The whiter the teeth, the more youthful and attractive your smile will appear,” Dr. Zaibak says. The contrast created can also make the gums and lips look healthier.

2. Poor teeth shape can age your face. Unhappy with the way your smile looks but having trouble figuring out why? Take a closer look at the shape of your teeth. They could be affecting your smile and even aging you. The good news is if the shape of your teeth doesn’t suit you there are ways to correct it. Blunt edges, short front teeth and chips and cracks can all contribute to an aged smile. Procedures like bonding, veneers and crowns can help achieve a younger smile.

3. A lack of support can also add years to your smile. Much more than just improving the smile, the structure and support of your teeth and jaw can improve the look of your face. A good foundation on the lower face is key in maintaining a youthful and sexier look while a “lack of support can cause a “caved in” look. “Our teeth are the foundation of our face,” says New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS. “If the teeth are too short, leaning in, or not supporting the lower face, the lip corners droop, the lips lose their contour and the cheekbones sag.” According to Dr. Smigel, bonding, veneers or crowns can help create a cheekbone effect, restore facial symmetry and build out lip contour.