Dental Tips Blog

Feb
16

3 Ways to Age Your Smile

We all want our smile to look young and vibrant. People spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year on anti-aging products and cosmetic procedures to help take years off of their age. But are you just piling those years back on? Your smile is one of the features of your appearance that can help you look younger, or do the opposite. Here are 3 things to watch out for when it comes to preventing your smile form looking older than it really is.

Tobacco Products

Smoking (and even smokeless tobacco) causes very dark stain particles to soak deep into your tooth enamel making teeth dozens of shades darker than they once work. It’s a quick way to add an older appearance to your teeth. Some of the surface stains can be polished or cleaned off, but deep-set stains require professional strength whitening products to remove them. 

Severe Tooth Wear

Grinding, clenching or abnormal bite patterns will make your teeth wear down sooner than they are supposed to. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but even it can’t withstand being worn against itself. As teeth become flattened, restorations begin to break and TMJ disorders may also develop. Ask your dentist about bite splints or teeth realignment. 

Gum Disease

More people lose teeth to gum disease than any other dental condition. Not only do you lose teeth, you lose bone inside of your jaws. This makes your facial profile sink in just a bit, in addition to giving you a smile that looks decades older than it needs to. Even if gum disease runs in your family, your dentist can help you take steps to prevent tooth loss and preserve your teeth for life.

Prevention is the best cure! Preventive visits to your dental office will help keep your teeth healthier so that you can enjoy them longer. Schedule your exam and cleaning today.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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