As we age, we all expect the usual changes to occur, including the fine lines and wrinkles on the face and the gray hair. But while we may be prepared for these changes, patients are often unaware of the changes that can occur to their smiles as well. Your smile can make you look older than you really are, especially when oral health issues, tooth discoloration, and damage causes the teeth to change in overall appearance. Many patients are unaware that simple cosmetic procedures and proper oral hygiene can make an incredible impact on one’s appearance, turning back the hands of time.
How does the smile change over time?
There are many changes the can occur to the teeth over time. Smoking can cause teeth to become stained and discolored, and conditions such as bruxism can cause wear and tear on the teeth, thinning enamel and resulting in sensitive teeth. The loss and extraction of teeth can also impact function and health of the smile. However, there are ways patients can protect their youthful smile and revitalize its appearance:
- Tooth discoloration. The teeth can become stained for a variety of reasons. Keeping the teeth clean by avoiding certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, can help, as well as professional whitening services to brighten the teeth several shades whiter with our team.
- Reduce sugar intake. Sugar is not only bad for your overall health and nutrition, but also for your teeth. Tooth decay can cause damage to the natural smile, and sugar left on the teeth between meals can contribute to the formation of bacteria that can cause an infection.
- Avoid dry mouth. Dry mouth is incredibly common in the golden years, especially because it is a common side effect in many medications that control conditions such as high blood pressure. Dry mouth reduces saliva flow which can contribute to bad breath and poor oral hygiene. Drink plenty of water to keep the mouth moist, or use sugar-free chewing gum during the day to help.
- Consider cosmetic treatments. Many cosmetic dental procedures can enhance the smile and disguise imperfections, including porcelain veneers and composite resin bonding. Speak to the dentist about specific aesthetic concerns and find out about solutions that can help!
Call Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry today
Patients of the Mesa, AZ community and beyond who are seeking solutions to maintain a youthful smile are invited to book an appointment at our practice by calling (480) 834-6991. We provide solutions that can enhance the appearance of the smile while maintaining an affordable cost! Our practice is always accepting new patients and families, and welcomes you to learn more about our team and our state-of-the-art facility!