Renee Zellweger created a media buzz with her recent plastic surgery. Many felt all that nipping and tucking had made her virtually unrecognizable. Did you know there was an easier way to turn back the clock?
Women’s Health Magazine points out that the first thing anyone notices is your smile. How well you care for yours can conceal or give away your age. Here are the most common age-related dental issues that can worsen as time passes:
Shifting teeth –Once your braces come off, straightened teeth will start shifting back to their original state unless you wear a retainer every night. Grinding and clenching your teeth can also cause teeth to shift over the years. Gallery 57 Dental suggests the use of Invisalign, clear braces, to straighten teeth helping them look their best.
Discolored teeth – A lifetime of guzzling coffee, soda, red wine and smoking often leads to teeth becoming discolored. Tetracycline taken when you were younger can also turn teeth grey and unattractive. Gallery 57 Dental recommends professionally whitening your teeth, the most effective way to keep them looking brighter. If your teeth are severely discolored, whitening may not be a solution. Veneers, ceramic facades, can be bonded to each tooth to cover the stains and transform your smile.
Receding gums –Years of brushing too hard, not flossing and letting plaque build up causes some of us to appear “long in the tooth. This classic adage refers to old folk whose gums have receded, giving their teeth a longer appearance. It’s true; nothing makes you look older and your smile less healthy than receding gums. Periodontal disease is not only unsightly, but also has been associated with heart disease and other illnesses. Your dentist will be more than happy to teach you how to brush and floss properly, keeping your gums and smile looking healthy and bright.
For more on information on maintaining a youthful smile read this article by Dr. Andrew Koenigsberg of Gallery 57 Dental.