Look Younger with these Dental Tips
No matter how much you hit the gym, your face can be a dead giveaway of your age’s true identity. While it’s true that active or athletic adults tend to have high instances of periodontal disease and tooth decay—sports drinks and reduced saliva output are culprits—not everyone works out just to look younger. For facial upkeep that upholds your self-esteem and your best vision of yourself as a “superager”, there is one discipline hiding in plain sight: dentistry.
Restorative Dentistry: Crowns and Bonding
Your smile is the center of your face, and an aging smile can take your face down with it (literally). The No. 1 aging agent in smiles is loss of integrity in your teeth, caused by cavities, grinding, and normal use. Porcelain crowns can restore full functionality to teeth that are broken, cracked, or decayed. A procedure called bonding employs a tooth-colored resin to camouflage teeth that have fallen into disrepair.
Cosmetic Dentistry: Veneers and Whitening
The term “long in the tooth” to refer to old people is pretty literal, as teeth tend to pull away from the gums with age. Dental veneers are translucent laminates which provide significant cover for aging teeth, returning them to a more uniform and median size. If discoloring is more of a problem—after too many years of tobacco and coffee for example—then you may benefit from chairside or even take-home teeth whitening services. Depending on the product, these can improve darkened teeth by as many as ten shades.
Of course, brushing and flossing are the cornerstones of any dental regimen, and are the easiest ways to keep teeth bright and healthy.
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