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Getting Older And Want To Look Younger? Skip The Cosmetic Surgeon And Visit Your Dentist

If you have aged, you may be considering going to see a cosmetic surgeon for something like Botox, fillers or even a face lift. Instead of seeing a surgeon, however, you may be surprised that there are dentists that can help you look younger. Below are different types of teeth problems that can affect your appearance and how the dentist can help you.

Grinding or Clenching Teeth

Over time, your upper and lower teeth wear down due to chewing, grinding, and clenching teeth. As the teeth become shorter, the distance between your nose and chin shortens which results in a shorter face. This will make you look older and can cause you to have thin lips. If you have this problem, the dentist can use veneers to bring your teeth back to their natural shape. Veneers are made of porcelain, and your dentist attaches the veneer to the surface of each tooth that is worn down. The placement of the veneers supports your mouth, which creates smoother skin and a fuller smile. You will notice the wrinkles around your mouth soften and become much less apparent.

Missing Teeth

If you have any missing teeth, it can cause your cheeks to cave inward, which makes you look older. This is because the muscles in your check area are supported by your side teeth. The dentist can use a dental crown for this problem. A dental crown covers your entire tooth. This would be a good choice for you if you have weak teeth due to root canals or fillings.

The dentist may suggest that you get implants. The implants are surgically attached to your jawbone. This will only work, however, if your bones in your jaw are healthy. For a less expensive option, the dentist can use a bridge. A bridge is connected to the tooth instead of the jawbone, which is why it is not as expensive.

Clicking or Popping in the Jaw

If you hear clicking and/or popping in your jaw area when you chew, then you have narrowing of the jaw. If you have this problem, your smile may appear to be less full, which can make you appear older.

To treat this problem, the dentist can use nonsurgical treatments in many cases, such as splints that will reposition your jaw or exercising devices. This treatment does not work; the dentist will likely suggest that you have surgery to put your jaw back into the original position.

Make an appointment with a dentist today, such as Dr. Mahnaz Rashti, so you can go over these options in detail. They may also have other treatment options they can do to make you look younger.