Look Younger with Cosmetic DentistryIt is thought that early man had often virtually worn out his teeth by the age of 40 (or so if he managed to live that long!) due to his rather varied and abrasive diet of food often eaten raw. These days many of us eat
It used to be that we would have oranges or any fruit when it was in season but these days we can buy fruit and fruit juices at any time of the year in the local supermarket and many people believe it’s healthy to drink a lot of fruit juice and do so daily. Although juice contains vitamins, which is a good thing, it often has a low pH meaning it is quite acidic and can actually contribute to loss of tooth enamel over time due to erosion, especially when coupled with abrasion from incorrect tooth brushing.
As the teeth wear down the jaws have to close further and further towards each other to get the teeth to meet. This kind of subtle effect causes a loss in facial height making you look older and it is a problem that is increasingly seen and not easy to overcome.
COSMETIC DENTISTRY SOLUTIONS TO TURN THE CLOCK BACK
A good Cosmetic Dentist recognizes these problems and are often able, fortunately, to address them by use of a number of techniques.
A person’s bite that has become over closed can be gradually opened up again by adding incremental small amounts of dental composite material on to the teeth to gradually increase their height back towards what it used to be. It takes time for the jaw musculature to re-adjust, but once it has it is often possible to provide more permanent restorations for the teeth in the form of crowns, onlays or bridges, or combinations of these so that the overall facial height is restored and maintained. This can counter the aging effects of bite over closure and make you look younger again.
Your Cosmetic Dentist is fully aware of the interaction between the complex system of facial muscles and nerves and the jaws and teeth, and is able to carry out a full occlusal analysis as part of a dental evaluation.
Needless to say this is not a five minute job but time spent is well worth it if you are able to turn back the clock and make yourself look younger again.