As we age, tooth loss, discoloration, and even tooth shape can affect the way you look and feel when you smile.
Although your teeth are designed to last a lifetime when cared for properly, many people find that age-related imperfections of the teeth can cause them to look older than they are. Even worse, in some cases, tooth decay has been linked to larger dental and overall health issues such as heart disease. However, there is good news. In some dental practices, doctors have created specific protocols for seniors which assist in rejuvenating aging smiles. These dentists use procedures that can actually take years off your appearance and keep you healthy for years to come.
Effects of Aging on Your Teeth
Over the years, night grinding, teeth clenching, gum disease, discoloring foods such as wine and chocolate, smoking, and lack of preventative care can have a negative effect on your appearance. The color, shape, and size of your teeth can add 5-10 years to your appearance. There is help for all of these issues from dentists who focus on anti-aging procedures such as:
- Porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Laser and gum reshaping
- Custom nightguards or invisible braces
- Dental implants to replace missing teeth
- Cosmetic dentures
Older adults often believe that it’s natural for their teeth to age as they age, but this is simply not true. There are so many ways to keep your young look and protect your body from disease with regular visits to your dentist or a visit to a dentist who focuses on anti-aging procedures. To find a dentist near you, look in this directory or online for a dentist who focuses on anti-aging dentistry.
No matter what your age taking care of your teeth will help your overall health and well being for years to come.
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Frederick Guerra, Jr., DMD of Guerra Dental. He may be reached at 719-362-0681