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How Aging Can Affect the Way Your Smile Looks

October 20, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — therouxdental @ 2:10 pm
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As time passes, you may notice that your smile isn’t as bright as it used to be. The unfortunate truth is that the aging process can take its toll on your teeth, leaving them looking less than their best over time. Are you concerned about maintaining a dazzling, confident grin? Here’s how the aging process can affect your smile’s appearance – and what you can do to address any cosmetic issues that appear over the years.

How Will Your Smile Change Over Time?

There are several factors that can affect the way your smile looks as you grow older. Below are some of the issues that you can typically expect to see:

  • Stains and discolored spots may appear on your teeth as a consequence of habitually consuming dark-colored foods and beverages.
  • Your enamel may become thinner, making the underlying dentin layer more visible; as a result, your smile may start to appear yellowed.
  • Your teeth may slowly shift, eventually becoming visibly crooked.
  • You may end up chipping or slightly cracking your teeth as a result of biting down on overly hard foods.
  • The wear and tear from everyday chewing as well as unconscious grinding and clenching can leave your teeth looking visibly worn down.

How Can Your Dentist Help Your Smile Look Younger?

The good news is that even if you’re unhappy with the way your smile looks, your dentist may be able to address your aesthetic concerns with a well-chosen cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are many kinds of cosmetic dental treatments to choose from depending on your needs; here are some of the options that can help take a few years off your grin.

  • Teeth Whitening: Getting rid of the discoloration on your teeth can go a long way toward helping your smile look younger. Many dentists offer in-office and take-home whitening options for addressing dental stains.
  • Veneers: From minor damage to stubborn discoloration to slight alignment issues, veneers can be used to correct all kinds of flaws.
  • Metal-Free Dental Crowns: A traditional metal crown can make it all too obvious that you have had dental work done, but a metal-free restoration will allow you to repair your damaged tooth in a much more discreet way.
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding: If you’re largely happy with the way your smile currently looks but are bothered by one or two imperfections, your dentist may be able to correct them with a quick cosmetic dental bonding treatment.

Have you lately found yourself wishing that you had a more youthful-looking smile? Now is a good time to reach out to your dentist. Once they know what you want, they can put together a plan for making your dream grin a reality.

About the Author

Dr. Tina Theroux has close to 25 years of dental experience. She is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in Farmington. She has helped many patients improve their smiles with veneers, teeth whitening, and various other cosmetic dentistry treatments. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Theroux at Theroux Dental Associates in North Grafton, visit her website or call (508) 839-2262.

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