Your teeth are probably the only thing on your face that won’t get wrinkles…but your teeth certainly do show signs of aging. So if you want to look younger and healthier, your teeth are a great place to start!
“Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the tooth,’ used to describe older persons, reflects the fact that gum disease causes gums to recede and teeth to appear longer as a result."
Take 10 years off your appearance…no plastic surgery needed!
Step 1 - Teeth naturally darken as we age. One reason is that your teeth absorb color from food and drinks. Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth, they will eventually yellow over time. Whitening your teeth with custom whitening trays is the best way to achieve a deep and thorough color change that can take years off your appearance.
Step 2 - Even if you start out with perfectly straight teeth, something called mesial drift will cause them to shift over time. Crowded teeth are an instant giveaway of age and straightening your teeth can often take 10 to 15 years off your appearance. Crowded teeth also increase the risk of tooth decay, premature tooth loss, and gum recession, all of which guarantee looking old.
Step 3 - Old-looking teeth have wear and tear. While we sleep, we gnash and grind our teeth. A night guard can protect your teeth from this damage and keep your teeth looking more youthful. A night guard also prevents crowding by keeping the teeth in place while you wear it.
Beautifully straight, symmetrical glowing white teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence.
Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Age is not a factor in considering orthodontic treatment since everyone wants and deserves a beautiful and healthy smile. Any adult with good overall dental health can be a candidate for orthodontic treatment. With new advances in technology like clear frictionless braces and Invisalign, it is no wonder that twenty percent of orthodontic patients today are adults!
Dr. Dan Kelly and his team at Kelly Orthodontics provide orthodontics to adults in St. Charles, Illinois. Give our office a call to schedule your initial consultation today!
Your mouth is more than just a pretty smile. It’s also a gateway to your overall health. Keeping that gateway clean may keep you healthier longer and looking younger.