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How Aging Affects the Appearance of Your Smile

November 18, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — legacydentistry @ 12:38 am

Happy older woman smilingYou expect to see wrinkles and white hairs as you age, but you may not have expected your smile to show the passing of time. Stains, cracks, and other issues can make you look years older than your true age. You can revitalize your smile with cosmetic dentistry. It is never too late to invest in a youthful smile.

The Effects of Aging

Your teeth and gums can experience several changes over the years, which can affect your smile’s appearance negatively. Here are just a few of the ways your pearly whites can change:

  • Tooth Stains: Smoking, poor oral hygiene, and drinking a lot of coffee can lead to brown and yellow stains down the road. 
  • Wear and Tear: Years of biting, chewing, or grinding your teeth can make them look worn or damaged.
  • Cavities: Your risk of tooth decay increases with age, which can cause damaged, unhealthy teeth.
  • Enamel Loss: Acidic foods and drinks will erode your enamel as you get older. Not only can this cause sensitive teeth, but more of your yellowish dentin will be visible, making your smile look aged.

Turn Back the Clock with Cosmetic Dentistry

You can reverse the signs of aging without needing extensive dental work. Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and learn more about your goals to determine which procedures are right for you, like:

  • Porcelain Veneers: Applying veneers to the front surfaces of your teeth resolves many issues at once. After 2 appointments, you can have a vibrant smile by fixing stains, chips, gaps, and other imperfections. Veneers can also help reduce tooth sensitivity.
  • Lumineers: Lumineers offer the same benefits as veneers, but you don’t have to alter your teeth. They are reversible if you change your mind later.
  • Metal-Free Dental Restorations: Metal restorations don’t have to give away your age. All-ceramic crowns look natural when used to improve the health, function, and appearance of a tooth.
  • Dental Bonding: A composite resin can correct minor issues quickly, like decay, exposed tooth roots, stains, and cracks.
  • Teeth Whitening: Your teeth can get up to 8 shades whiter using a professional whitening system. 

An attractive smile is attributed to youth, confidence, and success. You don’t have to turn to plastic surgery to turn back the clock. Your cosmetic dentist will create a vibrant smile that will defy the test of time.

About Dr. Tony Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen achieved his dental degree from the Nova Southeastern College of Dental Medicine and has regularly continued his education in various specialties, like cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, and dental implants. He is passionate about creating healthy, attractive smiles using the latest solutions in dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or (972) 789-2948.

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