How can I maintain my smile as I age?

How can I maintain my smile as I age?

The days when aging automatically corresponded with an unattractive smile, or worse, ill-fitting dentures are long past. Patients can now maintain a beautiful smile well into their golden years.

Thanks to advances in dental treatments, many patients are keeping their natural teeth as they age. Unfortunately, the years do take a toll on the appearance of your pearly whites, which grow yellow as the enamel wears down and the underlying dentin is exposed. A cosmetic dentist can help you recapture your youth by overhauling your smile.

Teeth whitening in itself can shave years from your smile. With the Zoom! teeth whitening system available in our office, patients can achieve noticeable results in as little as an hour. You can reverse the effects of enamel wear with teeth whitening.

Veneers are another useful tool that your cosmetic dentist can employ to build a more youthful smile. Older patients may find that their teeth have endured some wear and tear that have left the teeth misshapen. Veneers can help conceal these flaws, and they can also brighten the teeth.

Have your teeth shifted out of position as you’ve aged? Try Invisalign to get a straighter, more attractive smile. Invisalign straightens the teeth using clear plastic trays, so you won’t have to worry about looking like a teenager again with clunky metal appliances. No one will even know that you’re getting orthodontic treatment!

If you do experience tooth loss as you get older, you now have better treatment options. Custom dentures look far more lifelike than the one-size-fits-all appliance used in the past. Dental implants are an even more advanced alternative, serving as artificial tooth roots that bond with the jawbone. These implants can support a single tooth, a bridge or even a full prosthetic arch. Additionally, the appliances that these implants support look remarkably lifelike.

Don’t feel that getting older means that you face the unavoidable fate of an unattractive smile. Visit the office of Dr. Melisa Christian and take advantage of cosmetic dentistry options to maintain your smile as you age. Call 214-522-4330 to schedule your consultation today.