As we age, our faces change. We begin to lose more soft tissue, and some individuals need more structural support. You don’t have to turn to BOTOX®, fillers, or a facelift for a younger-looking face. Restorative dentistry and dermatology complement each other, so reach out to Dr. Mina Levi at California Dental Innovations. At your initial consultation, our esteemed San Francisco Dentist can help you discover which customized restorative dentistry services can provide a solid framework for your face.
Age brings on more overall health problems and the potential to develop bad habits. Gradually, your smile might suffer from your well-being and choices—all of which add years to your appearance. Here are four telltale signs of aging and how Dr. Mina Levi can address them:
1. Stained, Discolored Teeth
You’re not imagining it. Naturally, mature teeth are dimmer. Rather the dentin, the layer underneath the enamel that primarily makes up dental color, darkens as you age. Also, the enamel thins out over time, which reveals the darkening dentin. Additionally, you might speed up this process with staining habits (such as drinking coffee, tea, and wine or smoking).
Right now, you might think that your teeth are doomed. Thankfully, that’s not true. Consider professional teeth whitening, veneers, or Snap-on Smile® to dramatically whiten your smile in a few visits (or less).
2. Cracked or Chipped Teeth
If you’ve been rough with your teeth, you might experience a crack or chip. Sadly, our teeth can’t repair themselves back after dental trauma. Still, it might be worth investing in cosmetic bonding or veneers to hide a cracked or chipped tooth.
At some point, it might’ve been cool not to wear your retainer after braces (or skip the “brace face” stage altogether). We want to know if that decision regarding your bite has come back to bite you. Crooked, misaligned teeth are harder to clean and can cause uncomfortable TMJ issues for some. With Invisalign®, it’s not too late to correct misalignment in confidentiality.
4. Missing Teeth
Whether you’ve lost teeth because of gum disease, tooth decay, or an unfortunate event, missing teeth can be a side effect of aging that takes a toll on your appearance. Our teeth provide much-needed structural support for our face, and a lack of teeth can cause your jaw to droop naturally. Without the proper support, nasolabial folds (wrinkles that stretch across your mouth and cheeks) can develop, causing you to look much older than you are.
Still, it’s important to note that you are not alone in this issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1 in 5 adults 65 and older have lost all teeth.
Missing teeth is not a cosmetic issue alone. Having a few or all of your teeth missing can challenge nutrition, and eating a balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat is virtually impossible without teeth.
If you’d like to restore virtually all functions of your teeth without forfeiting aesthetics, consider dental implant-supported restorations.
Subtract Years Off Your Appearance with Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
When you’re wrestling with an abundance of responsibilities, uncertainties, and wonderings about what happens next, there’s one thing that you can’t leave to chance—your smile.
At California Dental Innovations, our San Francisco dentist can help you find dentistry solutions that make you look and feel younger, including:
- Dental Implants
- Metal-Free Dental Crowns and Fillings
- Snap-on Smile®
- Dental Veneers
- Professional Teeth Whitening
Find out more about cosmetic and restorative dentistry in San Francisco, CA, by calling 415-513-5066 or messaging us online.