A recent study conducted in Berlin and referenced by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry highlights an interesting observation: People tend to underestimate someone’s age when he or she is smiling.
While we tend to find smiling faces more attractive, youthful and upbeat, a smile that contains damaged or yellowed teeth can reverse those positive impressions. Luckily, turning back the years can be as simple as a visit to the dental office.
Dentists can often estimate a patient’s age by checking the wear patterns of their teeth. Like anything else, teeth get worn down with age, and can crack or chip as people get older. Likewise, the color of teeth also changes as the years go by, due to two main factors: naturally-thinning enamel, and the cumulative effects of staining foods and drinks. Just as white teeth are associated with youth, yellow or dark teeth reflect age.
Healthy, well-aligned and well-shaped teeth that simply need whitening can be brightened quickly and easily.
When thinking about whitening, be sure your entire smile matches by having any old metal fillings in your mouth replaced with fresh, white fillings.
If your teeth are slightly crooked, uneven, gapped, chipped or severely stained – but otherwise healthy – you will be pleased to know that they are perfect candidates for dental veneers. These thin enamel shells are designed to cover front teeth to create a uniform, picture perfect appearance. Dental crowns or caps are an option for teeth that may require more support, as they are designed to cover a weak or damaged tooth.
Dentistry has come a long way in the past few years. Why not call today to find out how easy it is to bring a youthful glow back to your appearance.