As the season changes, you may be looking for a way to change up your look. There’s no better way than with a smile makeover. Our teeth change as we age, but thanks to advances in cosmetic dentistry, it’s easy to stop the hands of time in a subtle and long-lasting way. Here are four signs of an aging smile, and how they can be fixed.
1. Dingy, stained or yellowed teeth: Even if you stay away from cigarettes, coffee and red wine, teeth naturally get darker as we age. ZOOM! whitening is one of the easiest ways to restore the sparkle of youth, and it can be performed in just one visit.
2. “Long in the tooth”: This expression is commonly used to describe someone who has lost their youth. Gums can recede with age, making the teeth appear longer. On the other hand, years of excess wear and grinding can cause teeth to shorten, and appear uneven in size. In both cases, porcelain veneers can restore a youthful shape to the teeth. And, excess wear can be prevented with a dental nightguard, which can also protect against cracking and chipping.
3. A crowded smile: Even if you had braces as a teen, teeth can shift out of position over the years, especially those in the lower half of your mouth. Invisalign orthodontics can easily straighten things out. These clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible when worn, and can be removed for pictures or special occasions.
4. Chronic bad breath: One of the side effects to chronic gum disease is smelly breath that can’t be disguised with mints or gum. If you have “old person breath,” periodontal treatment can eliminate the smell while helping restore your oral health and prevent tooth loss and other associated problems.