You may have always envisioned yourself as someone who will age gracefully and accept the inevitable changes to your appearance. One aging problem that often blindsides adults, however, is what can happen to your smile over the years. Broken-down, stained teeth can make you look older than you are, and being ashamed of your smile will also affect your self-esteem. Thankfully, there is an easy solution: cosmetic dentistry.
Say Yes to Cosmetic Dentistry, the Fountain of Youth
With the help of a smile makeover, you can recapture some of your youth. A white, bright, flawless smile will make you look healthy and happy. Done well, your cosmetic dentistry procedures should produce a fully functional, comfortable, and attractive smile.
Here are just four cosmetic dentistry procedures that can restore a youthful appearance:
- Tooth-colored fillings: A mouth that has decades-old fillings means you may have been the recipient of amalgam silver fillings. Not only do these restorations contain toxic mercury, over time they can leave your teeth and gums looking grey. The expansion and contraction of amalgam fillings can also be responsible for cracking or breaking teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite material that is healthier, safer, stronger, and looks natural so it blends with your smile instead of standing out and aging you unfairly.
- Teeth whitening: One of the easiest ways to brighten a smile that has faded in luster and shine, thereby dulling your own unique sparkle, is with a professional teeth-whitening treatment. If you qualify for this cosmetic dentistry treatment – meaning the type of tooth stains you have can be bleached away – you will be left with a smile that is shades whiter. Even if your teeth aren’t perfect in alignment or size, a whitening treatment can make them look so good that other imperfections can be overlooked, and the years will just slough off.
- Porcelain veneers: When your aging teeth are problematic in many ways – discoloration, chips, breaks – porcelain veneers make it possible to fix multiple problems at one time. Not only will veneers hide any age-related problems, they will mask any imperfections that have always bothered you, such as misalignment, short teeth, or gapped teeth. With veneers, your teeth will look movie-star flawless, and you’ll be so happy with your teeth you won’t be able to stop smiling to show them off.
- Dental implants: Unfortunately, as you age, your risk of developing gum disease increases. Left to fester, this oral health problem can turn into a serious, painful issue. In the most severe cases, teeth can become loose and even be lost. When you need to replace missing teeth, dental implants serve as a replacement tooth root and stimulate the jawbone so your cheeks and jaw will not sink in or sag because of missing teeth. Plus, implants look natural and feel natural. They are permanent and secure – you can eat what you want again without worrying about compromising the position of your teeth.
Get Your Customized Smile Makeover
Cosmetic dentistry changes smiles for the better, and whether your smile makeover includes only aesthetic changes or dental restorations too, the most important thing is for your oral health to be complete in all ways. Not only do you deserve a smile that looks good, but one that works well and feels comfortable too.
Find out what kind of cosmetic dentistry smile makeover is right for your aging oral health needs. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Michael J. Wei, Midtown Manhattan cosmetic dentist located on Madison Avenue.