If you are unhappy with sagging facial tissues, you may be considering your facelift options. Surgical facelifts can attempt to restore your youthful appearance by cutting, stretching, and re-positioning your facial tissues. The problem with facelift surgery is that your facial tissues are just responding to changes in your mouth and jaw that help to shape your face.
Often the best way to rejuvenate your appearance is to restore those underlying structures so that your teeth and bones are back in the position they once occupied with a non-surgical facelift from a dentist. With a Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help you get a more youthful facial appearance by restoring a more youthful dental structure. This is described in detail below, but the best way to learn if it is right for you is to get an evaluation by a dentist.
Your mouth is a central feature in your facial appearance not only because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, but because it provides the framework on which your facial appearance is built. When your facial appearance is first developing, your teeth, skull, and jaw all grow together.
Ideally, they create a harmonious structure that gives you an optimal facial appearance. However, with age your teeth can become worn, lost, or move out of position. The result is not just changes to your smile, but changes to your facial shape and proportion.
Non-surgical facelift dental services focus on restoring your smile so that areas that have become sunken or hollow can be corrected naturally, rather than by pulling or cutting the skin with a surgical facelift. The problems that can be addressed involve missing teeth, teeth that have ground down over time, TMJ problems, uncorrected bite issues, and more. It’s amazing how the underlying jaw structure, once in alignment and supported by full teeth and prostheses, can return fullness to the face naturally.
The goal of a surgical facelift will often be correcting sunken cheeks, depressed areas around the mouth, hanging jowls, and other signs of aging. But surgical facelifts involve extensive recovery, and they involve the risks inherent in major invasive surgery. Plus, we’ve all seen instances of botched surgical facelifts, where the patient’s face now simply looks stretched and taut.
What if you could use dental techniques, such as placing crowns, replacing lost teeth with implants or bridges, adjusting misaligned jaws, or straightening teeth, to achieve many of the same facial rejuvenation? That’s what a non-surgical facelift can achieve.
All of this can be achieved by restoring facets of your dental health and structure. Isn’t that a better, natural way, to achieve a more youthful-looking face?
Non-surgical facelifts work by restoring your teeth and mouth to their former state to improve your facial appearance. If you have lost teeth, your face will lose length, becoming more flattened and round. Your cheeks and lips may become sunken. Typical dentures may not help much because they do not stay in place to fill the role your lost teeth performed. Properly fitted dentures, on the other hand, can restore your facial appearance.
Even if you haven’t lost teeth, chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth can cause your jaw to move out of alignment. Your jaw can also be moved out of place by injury or a concussive jolt. Poorly positioned jaws can give you the appearance of a receding chin (which can make your nose look large) or crooked jaw.
These can be a variety of treatments, depending upon the patient. Your facial appearance and your oral structure are intricately linked. That’s why issues such as a misaligned jaw or worn teeth can impact your facial appearance, usually making you look older.
We examines you during your consultation or to begin your treatments, we’ll weigh what issues are causing problems. There can be many treatment paths. These are some of the possibilities
Thanks to modern local anesthesia, these procedures are. Afterwards there can be some slight soreness, but it is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
These are dental procedures and have been performed countless times over the decades. They are safe. Placing a crown or a dental implant are common dental procedures. When you compare these procedures to the risks involved with a surgical facelift, everything from a reaction to general anaesthesia to poor wound healing, there really isn’t any comparison to the natural results provided by a non-surgical dental facelift
Recovery from these cosmetic dentistry procedures, TMJ treatment, possible orthodontics, and other treatments involved with a non-surgical facelift is not difficult. Most procedures involve little if any residual pain. None of them require any downtime.
Some aspects of these treatments can be covered by your dental insurance and some are not covered. It depends if your insurance company deems the procedure to be cosmetic, rather than structural or necessary. We work with your insurance carrier to garner the most coverage possible.
The hands of time can be unfair, making you look older than you truly are or are at heart.
Cosmetic procedures like Botox® and lip injections can help you restore your youthful appearance, but only temporarily. These require repeat treatments, quickly adding up in costs.
If you wanted to reverse signs of aging permanently, you would have to undergo plastic surgery…
That is, until now!
With anti-aging dentistry, you can get a facelift without surgery and takes years off your appearance.
So, what is this too-good-to-be-true treatment?
Let’s find out!
First, let’s understand the ways your smile changes as you age:
Your teeth are the foundation for your face. When that foundation begins to crumble, it creates a ripple effect on the rest of your face, such as lips sagging, fine lines appearing, a sunk-in look, etc.
Anti-aging dentistry uses cosmetic dental procedures to change the way your teeth support your facial structure and give you a younger-looking smile.
It’s a non-surgical facelift with long-lasting results!
Some anti-aging dentistry procedures could include:
Your treatment plan may consist of one or more of the above, depending on your unique case.
A lot of people’s teeth shorten as they age from years of grinding and wear. By changing the dimensions of your teeth (often lengthening them with veneers), you can:
Another problem with aging is losing teeth to decay or gum disease. Replacing a missing tooth will help:
Our thoughts on teeth and aging typically begin and end at colour. A white smile is youthful, so we bleach our teeth. But there’s a wide world of so-called anti-aging dental interventions out there. From simple restorations to full mouth reconstructions, dentists can often manipulate the size, shape and arrangement of teeth to subtract years from a face.
To understand how it works, imagine someone with no teeth (“edentulous” in dentist lingo) — your grandpa without his dentures. Without the support of his teeth, his mouth collapses onto itself. The lower portion of his face shrinks. Now imagine grandpa pops in his dentures. His face fills out. He doesn’t look young, but certainly less old.
Grandpa is an extreme example, but this loss of support and subsequent facial “shrinkage” (what the experts call it) doesn’t occur only in the toothless, because teeth gradually change shape throughout adulthood.
The people who really connect to this idea — that your teeth impact how old your face looks — are those who don’t have teeth. When people have a full complement of teeth, they’re not associating loss of tooth structure with the aging they see when they look in the mirror.
As we age, our faces lose volume in both the soft tissue (fat and skin) and bone — our eye sockets get larger, the bones of our forehead and jaw recede. Our teeth lose volume, too. The cheeks and lips are supported by the teeth and jaw, so their size and shape have an impact on the overall shape of the face.
Support to soft tissue of the face will decrease with age, and this is how facial collapse occurs slowly with time.
Smiles lose volume following two main patterns. Teeth, especially those in the back, get flatter and shorter because of the regular wear of chewing, which is accelerated by grinding and clenching. Shorter teeth mean a shorter face. The bite is collapsed, the lower jaw is squished into the upper jaw. The result is an aging look (again, picture grandpa).
Second, teeth get pushed inward over time by the jaw muscles. Clenching exacerbates the problem because clenched muscles exert even more inward force on the teeth.
As a result, the smile (or arch) becomes narrower, offering less support to the cheeks and skin. You’ll perceive this narrowing as facial hollowing around the cheeks and a flattening, or curling in, of the lips.
Every set of teeth is unique, but generally Invisalign clear aligners are used to move teeth outward, broadening a smile that has narrowed. Think of the narrow arch being V-shaped, with the tip of the V being in the front, and the teeth then moving to an ideal U shape over time with aligners.Some cases might need other appliances to expand the palate as well.
Tooth height is typically corrected by shape and height restorations. Invisalign can correct the vertical part of the problem, too, if the teeth are tipped forward or back.
No one ever comes in complaining about their face and thinking their teeth are responsible. Some know that their mouth is pretty beat up, and they need a reconstruction of their bite, but they’re not aware of how it can transform facial features.
If you’ve gotten fillers but think the area below your cheekbones is still deflated, see a dentist. Patients will come in with lines around the lips, the kind that form when the lip starts to collapse. Building up the smile provides a framework for the lips that can lessen the amount of filler patients want or need.
Dental work and dermatology complement each other. Dental work won’t do anything for the skin itself, elasticity or fine lines. You still need a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for that. But it can help with the height and projection of the face, which preserves a youthful appearance.
In other words, dental intervention isn’t a face-lift — more like a baby lift. The results will be subtle, but a lot of times subtle is exactly what you want.
While there are a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures to transform and rejuvenate the smile, our highly-trained dentists will design the perfect treatment plan for your particular needs. We respect the individuality of our patients, so some of the most common treatments we offer are:
Communication is an extremely important part of the smile makeover process. At the first makeover consultation, it helps if you describe what you would like to change in as much detail as possible. Bring along pictures of smiles you like, or of how your own smile used to look. Your makeover dentist will have some thoughts to share with you as well because dentists are trained to look at smiles in terms of facial balance. In other words, a dentist will look not only at how the elements of a smile (teeth, lips and gums) relate to each other, but also how they blend in with the face as a whole.
An important part of planning a smile makeover is a comprehensive dental exam. Cosmetic dentistry offers an amazing array of lifelike tooth restorations and treatments; but first, any conditions in your mouth that may jeopardize a good result must be taken care of. If your teeth are discolored, for example, the reason must be determined. You may have an underlying dental disease that needs to be treated before whitening your teeth; otherwise, the whitening may not last. Likewise, if you often drink red wine or other beverages that stain, you might do better with porcelain veneers than bleaching treatments.
A smile makeover is an investment that is meant to last. That’s why many of the procedures performed are irreversible. So if you are contemplating some changes, it’s a great idea to try them out before you fully commit to them. There are many ways to preview the results: computer imaging, 3-D models, and even placing temporary restorations on your teeth so you can see what the final results will look and feel like in your own mouth. This also allows a fine-tuning of the makeover plan.
A “trial smile” is a great way to eliminate unknowns in the makeover process. But when it’s all done, there’s still one thing you may not be prepared for: how great it feels to flash your new smile to the world!
Smiling with confidence makes you feel great. A beautiful smile is also an important social and professional asset. Yet there are many people who avoid showing their teeth in public or in photographs because they don’t like what they see. If that describes you, then why not start the process of getting the smile you’ve always wanted with a smile makeover?
A smile makeover goes beyond simply responding to dental problems as they arise. It’s a comprehensive smile-rejuvenation plan that’s uniquely suited to your own facial features and aesthetic preferences. The results can be quite dramatic — both in terms of how your will look and how you will feel. These are the major steps involved
Don’t you know too that with Smile rejuvenation,we may also take years off a patient’s appearance. Now we can rejuvenate smiles and achieve age-minimizing results similar to a facelift!
Missing or worn-down teeth can cause the lower portions of the face to shrink, leading to a sunken appearance, and receded jaw and chin. Restoring and replacing damaged or lost teeth can improve bite and jaw alignment, giving support to the face and providing a “lift” to sunken features. This non-surgical dental facelift adds length to the lower face and achieves a more pronounced jaw line; it can even reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
As we grew up, our teeth and facial tissues matured together. And when we reached our optimal youthful appearance, these tissues were in balance. The skin, muscles, and other facial tissues developed precisely to cover the teeth and jaws in a natural way.
But the balance was not to last. As we get older, our teeth naturally get worn down. Sometimes teeth are even lost. And our jawbone also loses mass, naturally too.
When the teeth and jawbones shrink but the skin and other tissues remain as they matured, the balance between soft tissue and supporting hard tissue changes. This creates many effects that we associate with an aged appearance, including:
Overall, the face develops an appearance of sagging as the balance tips toward having more skin than the facial structure can support. This is described as the concertina effect, and it’s only now being rediscovered by plastic surgeons who realize that their surgical facelift techniques can’t truly rejuvenate your facial appearance.
If your facial appearance has been impacted by tooth wear, restoring your teeth to their youthful proportions with a smile makeover will dramatically turn back the clock. Balance will be restored between your soft tissue and the hard tissues that support them.
Cheek fat pads that used to hang below your jaw as jowls will be cheeks again. And they’ll be supported better by your teeth so they won’t look sunken anymore. Lips will also be better supported, so they’ll be more voluptuous and you’ll see fewer wrinkles around them. Your jawline will be well defined again, and you’ll have less hanging skin under your chin as it grows more taut around your restored facial proportions.
Since losing your teeth has the most impact on your facial appearance, replacing them can have the most dramatic rejuvenating effect.
Facelift surgery doesn’t work by restoring your facial proportions. Instead, plastic surgeons act as if you had “excess” skin in your face. They cut away this excess and stretch your skin until it’s tight over your reduced bones and teeth. This can significantly alter your facial appearance, and you may not look like yourself anymore. But by working with your teeth, we can rejuvenate your face by restoring your natural proportions. You will look like you, just younger.
In addition, you can avoid problems related to surgical facelifts, such as:
With a smile makeover, you can get your facial appearance rejuvenated without any of those problems or risks. While a facelift may require up to a month of recovery, you won’t miss more than a day of work from your smile makeover.
Plus, you’ll have a bright, beautiful smile again, and that will also help you look younger.
You will no doubt notice that your face has changed shape over the years but may not be aware how this can be linked to what is happening or what has happened to your teeth. When teeth go missing or have grown in ways that have meant they have become too close together or too far apart, then it can make the shape of your face seem unnatural. You may also have noticed other signs of aging too – your teeth may have started to appear longer as your gums recede or they are beginning to look yellower or discoloured.
These are all signs that can point you towards the benefits of dental treatments to influence the shape of your face. Many of these defects can be sorted out with modern dentistry techniques that we offer, that are no longer painful and far less invasive than you might have thought.
We will look closely at your teeth and discuss with you what might help to improve your facial shape and reverse some of those changes that have become a bit too obvious. The procedures suggested will depend on your individual circumstances but may be a combination of simple dental techniques.
The most commonly recommended non-surgical facelift techniques which will make a difference to your face shape will be using porcelain veneer, dental implants, bridges or crowns when you have missing teeth or there are noticeable gaps in your teeth.
When teeth have become too overcrowded, we may recommend arch widening with the help of special inserts, a bit like braces. These are far less conspicuous than the sort of appliances you may remember from your childhood, even those made from metal.
At the same time, you may choose to have any noticeable blemishes in the appearance of your teeth like chips or cracks or discoloration repaired or removed with the help of veneers, bonding and teeth whitening gels such as zoom gel.
Here at our office, we take particular pleasure in making people feel happier about the way they feel about themselves.
We believe that everyone’s overall health is improved by a boost to one’s own self-confidence and self-esteem.
When your face appears to be looking too old for your age because of the condition of your teeth, you can be reassured that it can be fixed. Your first step on the road to giving your face a bit of special treatment may be arranging a visit to our office to ask about whether a non-surgical facelift is right for you.
Your smile is one of your most important features, a defining trait that is often the first thing people notice about you. There is an old saying that goes, “You are never fully dressed without a smile.” This rings true, as a great smile can say a lot about someone. From subtle changes to major repairs, your cosmetic dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options available to treat teeth that are discoloured, chipped, misshapen or missing. You ask, how much of a difference can a nice set of teeth really make? The answer ultimately depends on how you feel, but it is often a huge difference.
Veneers are known as the non-surgical facelift, as they can make someone look younger without going under the knife. Veneers can not only help improve your smile, but the overall look of your face. In other words, veneers can make you appear younger aesthetically.
Veneers are thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) material, which are bonded to the front of your teeth. This procedure requires little or no anaesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve your smile.
While many people consider porcelain veneers to hide stained, broken, chipped, or missing teeth, porcelain veneers are more than just brightening your smile. They provide a much more traditional approach to changing a tooth’s colour, size, or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth staining, and damage due to an injury. Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable long-term results – for a beautiful smile that you have always desired.
Porcelain Veneers are becoming more popular, because of their accessibility, affordability, and the fact that they can change someone’s appearance for the better. If you would rather avoid surgery, porcelain veneers may be right for you. A dental exam will help determine if veneers are right for you, as well as if there are any underlying dental conditions that should be treated before veneers are applied.
Facelifts are making a comeback, according to new data released by the Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), while soft-tissue fillers (used primarily for lip augmentation) ranked #2 in the list of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Here’s what you may not have known: Plumper lips, elevated cheeks, and fewer fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth can also be achieved through a smile makeover.
Over 130,000 facelifts were conducted in 2016, up 4 percent from 2015. Facelifts are intended to enhance the appearance of the face and neck by minimizing sagging, drooping, and wrinkling. Simply enough, people want a more youthful-looking face. A CNN report about the ASPS stats said that fewer patients are requesting procedures that remove extra skin. Instead, patients want something that plumps their skin with fillers.
Did you know that porcelain veneers have the ability to boost a person’s lips? While veneers and Lumineers are as thin as contact lenses (though exponentially stronger), they are carefully situated on top of a patient’s natural teeth and bonded in place to create a stunning cosmetic dentistry enhancement. This procedure, by default, makes lips plump out a little bit. While the pout may not be quite at a Kardashian level, it will be far more natural and longer lasting. Fillers must eventually be refreshed, unlike porcelain veneers which, if well taken care of, can last for decades.
Have you ever noticed the celebs who’ve gotten bad facelifts or overdosed on fillers? Of course you have. You could probably name a few off the top of your head, like Priscilla Presley, Daryl Hannah, Mickey Rourke, and Meg Ryan. Sometimes people go too far with cosmetic procedures in an effort to fight aging and maintain the youthful looks for which they are known, but we believe that aging gracefully is possible.
If your teeth are aging you, then the solutions are accessible and – in many cases – painless. A smile makeover can transform your entire face, but still leave you looking completely natural – just an improved version of yourself, no plastics involved.
For instance, if you have jowls, drooping cheeks, or a compressed appearance, the first question would be: Are you missing any teeth? A missing tooth or teeth will change the shape of your face by altering the bulk of your jawbone and, thus, the shape of your jawline. Your appearance can be drastically altered by missing teeth and make you look much older than you actually are.
The solution? There are actually three:
If your face is starting to show your age, revitalize your appearance with the most obvious, effective and natural-looking fix first: a smile makeover.
Make an appointment at our dental office. Learn how you can take years off of your appearance with a smile makeover.
The fountain of youth may not be as elusive as it once was. Cosmetic dentistry has made it possible to achieve a newer, younger-looking you. Skin creams and fresh hairstyles can make an impact on your appearance, but it’s possible to lose years off of your face with one incredibly powerful choice: changing your smile.
Over time, our skin loses its elasticity. Wrinkles and jowls develop, lips thin – it’s a sad state of affairs but one that, the older we get, we’re all susceptible to experiencing. And, of course, our teeth can experience the brutal force of aging as well. Cosmetic dentistry can slow and even reverse a great deal of the signs of aging. And, in many cases, this new you can be achieved in just a few visits to your dentist.
While we all have our own particular complaints about our aging selves, there are some grievances that are incredibly common:
When you’re missing teeth, especially molars, the foundation of your smile is altered dramatically. And no one wants to feel even older by wearing dentures to compensate for these gaps in your smile. Tooth loss is not an uncommon aging side effect, but that doesn’t mean you have to live with it. Dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. Implants replace the root of your tooth, creating the stability that your smile needs and helping to eliminate sagging skin or jowls in the process.
Years of smoking, a fondness for drinking wine or coffee, and simple aging itself are all culprits behind tooth discoloration. One of the fastest ways to look younger and healthier is with professional teeth whitening. In just about an hour, this powerful whitening treatment can spruce up your grin dramatically. If you have more penetrating stains on your teeth, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers instead.
As you age, teeth can chip, crack, and even break. And, if you nurse bad habits like crunching on ice or opening things with your teeth, you’re at even greater risk for broken enamel. Porcelain tooth crowns easily repair chipped or cracked teeth, are designed to blend with your existing teeth for a natural look, and have incredible durability.
Your body produces less collagen as you age and collagen is the all-important ingredient that gives your lips their volume. You can seek out lip venoms and fillers, but these solutions are temporary and not always very natural-looking. The best option for combating thin lips is customized porcelain veneers which are shaped and extended to flatter your appearance, allowing your lips to sit differently on your teeth and contribute to fuller-looking lips. Bonus: Veneers and lumineers can also fill out the fine lines and wrinkles around your lips and mouth.
Your cosmetic dentistry smile makeover will be customized to your needs so that you end up with a white, straight, attractive new smile. Changing your teeth can not only make you look younger, they can also make you look happier, smarter, wealthier, and healthier. Who doesn’t love that boost of confidence at any age? Consult at our office to determine what methods of anti-aging dentistry are right for you.
It may sound strange but you can now get a dental facelift without going through surgery. Today, there are some dentists who use techniques that not only improve your bite and smile but can also take away years from your appearance. Some are saying that this technique is a very effective and non-surgical way to reduce the signs of facial aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. Tooth restoration is often a part of a dental facelift.
To be clear, as we age, our dental structures begin to break down and if we have teeth that become worn or missing, it will cause our faces to shrink and give our faces a sunken-in look. With a dental face lift, wrinkles are smoothed out and a persons jawline has a more pronounced and even look. Dental treatments and dental appliances are effective in giving a more polished and youthful look. If you are looking for a dentist who can fix my teeth, a cosmetic dentist can give you the help you need. Having a tooth restoration process done, can give you a younger look.
At some dental practices, a plastic retainer is used to strengthen a persons facial muscles. This procedure causes the jaw to rest in a higher position; which makes a person look younger. Patients who use this retainer wear it for several months until their facial muscles are stronger and later have dental crowns placed on all of their teeth to increase the height of their jaw.
Keep in mind that a dental facelift is much more than cosmetic dentistry. Not only does a dental facelift improve the look of your teeth and smile but it also improves your profile, jaw line, chin position and the shape of your face. In addition, in some cases it can also improve your health; especially if your teeth are not in proper alignment and it affects your chewing and eating.
A youthful face is super plumped with collagen giving the skin that smooth hydrated appearance.
However it’s not just the quality of the skin that matters, its what’s underneath the skin, the supporting scaffolding that counts too.
One of the most common parts of your facial skeleton to undergo change in your life time are your jaw bones. If you lose many of your back teeth your jaw bone silently shrinks away until an aged, ‘squashed’ type look occurs.
The cheeks collapse inwards, the lips compress together and the chin becomes more prominent.
What’s actually happened is that the distance from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin has been reduced, knocking off your facial balance.
Teeth don’t necessarily need to be completely missing to give an aged look. Teeth that have been worn down by grinding or severely dissolved away due to acid erosion cannot support the cheeks or lips properly either.
Some people don’t notice these changes as they happen gradually while for others their self confidence can take a battering.
The Dental Face Lift is a non surgical procedure that focuses on replacing entire teeth or the missing enamel that has been lost over the years.
By rebuilding the teeth to their original dimensions, the lower face regains that youthful vertical height.
The cheeks and lips are then adequately braced and the chin returns to its balanced position that it was in when the patient was in their 20s.
Dental facelifts can take 10 years off your appearance without the need for a conventional surgical facelift.
Moreover the facial muscles, nerves and jaw joints function better when teeth are rebuilt into a more ideal shape and bite.
There are various ways to do a dental facelift and so determining the cause of the problem is the first step. Then an individual treatment plan is designed to replace missing teeth or rebuild existing teeth.
Generally speaking, it’s a combination of treatments that can include white filling composite bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges or implants to rebuild the teeth.
When necessary, new dentures can be made that will provide better support and upright ‘down turned’ lips.
Dental facelifts can subtly give a fresh faced look and younger looking teeth giving you something to really smile about.
If you’ve even thought about having injectables, a trip to your dentist first might change your mind. From ‘dental face lifts’ to the one treatment that makes everyone look better, here’s why putting teeth before face could pay off
Exactly how do teeth tie into enhancing the appearance of your lips, skin and face in the way that fillers, injectables or other aesthetic treatments might?
The teeth and jaw are the ‘frame’ of our face, or the scaffolding if you will. You can look at the upper half of the face and not necessarily know how old someone is, but it’s the lower third of the face that can be most telling of age. It’s for this reason that dentistry and aesthetic dermatology work best when approached holistically – you might be convinced that you “need” fillers, but actually dental treatment might be more suitable, effective and produce the most natural-looking result.”
Clearly cosmetic dental treatments can be as costly and involve as much downtime as aesthetic treatments, but according to those in the know turning to your dentist before an aesthetic specialist or surgeon could not only help you to achieve the kind of lift and plumpness that cosmetic facial procedures promise, but also the end-result can be more long-lasting and subtle and even help to preserve the health of your teeth. Here are a few dental tweaks and treatments that can make all the difference in terms of addressing visible signs of ageing.
If I were to suggest one dental treatment to lift the face it would be braces. This may sound old-fashioned but hear me out. Just as our collagen levels deplete in our skin as we get older, so our teeth begin to collapse inwards, which ‘shrinks’ our mouth and results in a loss of volume in the lower face.
Braces are brilliant as they help to counteract this by widening the smile while also straightening teeth, adding structure and support to your mouth and reducing the appearance of sagging. Another advantage is that results are permanent.”
If you’re concerned about looking a bit ‘Ugly Betty’ while wearing braces, you needn’t be, as dental technology has come on in leaps and bounds. Options such as Invisalign invisible braces are now some of the most popular treatments in my practice – they’re unobtrusive and barely discernible to others yet achieve impressive results over time.”
If you can’t be bothered wearing braces or invisalign, Porcelain Veneer will have same effect.
If lip fillers or a lip lift appeal, there are dentistry alternatives that could look less ‘done’ and boost the health of your teeth over time too.
So what do veneers have on the likes of plumping lip treatments?
Our teeth, like our skin, become thinner with age, and as a result our lips can move inwards. By adding volume to the outer surface of the teeth, the lip can lift naturally as it has a supportive structure behind it. This can result in plumper looking lips- I’d say it can boost appearance of fullness by 25 per cent in the average case and it looks natural too, so any additional lip filler may be unnecessary. The slight elevation of the lips can also help to soften fine lines around the mouth.
That’s the potential cosmetic pros covered but from a wear and tear point of view veneers can bring additional benefits:
Veneers are essentially a way of laminating the teeth and this can be protective if you’re a bit older in particular as it shields the enamel once it starts to be eroded. While enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, you can’t reverse this particular ageing process as your body can’t reproduce enamel, so veneers act as a stand-in for your natural enamel.
Veneers are sculpted to your teeth and also help to address staining or crookedness, but it’s vital that any veneers applied harmonize with the colour and shape of the rest of your teeth.
If veneers are out of your price range or not right for you, composite bonding as an aesthetic alternative. It’s a one step treatment where a bonding material is painted onto teeth and hardened using a special frequency light before being polished and smoothed. Like porcelain veneers, the treatment can address everything from the colour and shape of teeth but it’s not as durable and more prone to chipping and staining. You can expect composite bonding to last up to five years
Being long in the tooth is suggestive of old age from an idiomatic perspective, but the opposite is true in dental terms
Longer teeth actually look more youthful – apparently a length of 11mm is the ‘sweet spot’ but it completely depends on the natural shape and size of your teeth and your bone structure. You can lengthen teeth artificially with aesthetic treatments such as veneers and bonding and teeth whitening can be very effective for making teeth look longer and more pronounced in the face too. As the skin between your nose and top lip descends with age due to collagen loss, it’s often common that you can’t see your top teeth when you talk or smile, so lengthening the teeth and making top teeth more visible helps to reverse this somewhat.
It’s not just your front teeth that can become less visible with age either. Over time the back teeth can move inwards and many people have a narrow arch shape. When we look at the smile from the front there is a “black corridor” as you do not see the back teeth. By reshaping the arch using straightening or veneers you can widen the smile which then supports the cheeks and gives a much fuller smile.
We dubs treatments such as this as ‘the dental facelift’, as straightening teeth can help to support the cheeks and deliver an overall lifting effect that never looks ‘fake’. Don’t underestimate the cost and time involved, however, as straightening procedures can take over a year to complete in complex cases and cost thousands, and while the effects of teeth whitening can be instant, it’s vital to seek treatment from an experienced, highly trained and licensed dental professional.
Just as bonding and veneers can give the impression of ‘more teeth’, so ‘more gums’ make for a healthier, younger-looking mouth.
Keeping gums strong and healthy is so important as we age because our gums keep our teeth in place and prevent bacteria from growing in our mouth, all of which contributes to the cosmetic impact of teeth too. As we get older our gums shrink so a degree of recession is normal, and some people are genetically predisposed to gum recession, but there’s lots you can do to slow down the process and even press pause on gum shrinkage.
I recommend using an electric toothbrush to thoroughly clean teeth and avoid some of the scrubbing that can occur with manual brushing. Ensure that you have an efficient, gentle technique. It’s also really important not to overbrush – you don’t need to brush teeth after every meal (twice a day is ideal). Think of it like skincare – if you scrub your face aggressively and wash it too often, it will become dry and more prone to damage and fine lines. The same is true of teeth in terms of gum recession. A morning wash followed by a nice double cleanse at the end of the day will do for skin, and brushing twice a day is perfect for maintaining optimum teeth and gum health.Flossing once a day is also essential for maintaining ‘young gums
As we age unfortunate things can start to happen inside our mouths. Gums can recede, teeth wear down, your teeth can start to get a bit wobbly and overall the smile line starts to give an indication that it is not as good looking as good or as youthful as we would like it to be. It’s all starting to look a bit…old and tired. Not so long ago finding an acceptable and affordable solution was not available to everyone. A grin and bear it approach seemed to be the only option and it was the norm to accept the teeth’s ageing process.
We can offer you a helping hand back to that more youthful look. Although not a definitive anti-aging procedure the added benefits of a full Smile Makeover are such that many of the effects of a traditional facelift are achieved, and without the traumas associated with additional surgery.
A set of nice looking teeth can take years off your appearance and leave you looking healthier too. When determining the best results for the patients, we take a great many things into account, and overall facial aesthetics are one of the most important factors. It’s not just the shape of individual teeth or even just how they sit within your mouth that is taken into consideration. Your whole face, front and side profile will be assessed with a view to making sure that the optimum result is achieved.
Say goodbye to those sunken cheeks, the pinched or thinning lip lines or the concaved look that is sometimes inflicted upon us as we advance in years. With a relatively few tweaks and additions in terms of style, shape, colour, length and positioning of the teeth, your new smile can wipe years from your face. All this is achieved during the comprehensive Dental Facelift procedure. For full details and an explanation of the process please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Please take a look at the before and after gallery for a closer look at the results achieved.