What is Anti-Aging Dentistry?

Anti-aging dentistry is a response to an externally focused society.

There are clear expectations of outward appearance that are the basis of some people’s evaluations of other people. “A survey for USA Today by Philips Sonicare found that 47% of respondents chose a great smile as the feature that most attracted them.” Another survey found that 76% of respondents based their first impression of someone on their smile.

Our impression of others may be primarily determined by whether or not that person is smiling. After all, a smile is a universal sign of friendliness anddental face lift small- paid - shutterstock 1842685117 approachability. A smile welcomes people into our circle of trust.

We also live in a society that values youth. One need only consider the number of facelifts and Botox treatments performed each year. It is a small step to concerns for our teeth and our smiles.

Anti-aging dentistry is one approach to dental care that is quickly gaining momentum.  The approach combines the usual dental goals with cosmetic goals. There are several types of “levels” of anti-aging dentistry.

What happens to our face and mouth as we age?

Our bodies experience many changes as we grow older. Today we are living 10, 20, even 30 years longer than our grandparents’ generation lived. But what changes affect our faces and our mouth/teeth?

  • The skin loses elastin and collagen with age
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Tooth erosion
  • Gums recede
  • Teeth shift
  • Bone mass loss
  • Outdated dental work must be replaced
  • Wearing of teeth due to erosion
  • Wrinkles develop
  • Lips lose some fullness
  • We lose some cheek fullness and support, causing a hollow look
  • Tooth loss
  • Teeth become shorter
  • Our faces get shorter
  • Bite deterioration
  • Eroded teeth cause the chin to shrink
  • Airway passages constrict
  • There is less room in the mouth for our tongues
  • We have less saliva, which opens the door to a number of dental problems

In response to all of these changes, dental work is becoming the new anti-aging procedure. But what does that mean?

The Mechanics of Anti-Aging Dentistry

Getting anti-aging dental work can be more effective than Botox, making you look years younger without extensive downtime.

Anti-aging dentistry comes under a range of designations. The meaning of the process it designates may depend upon the dentist you choose.

A Smile Lift changes the position of teeth and their spacing to better support your upper lip. Various repairs to thLe teeth can eliminate teeth grinding, balance the features of the face, restore a youthful appearance of the teeth (whiter, consistent size) with veneers, crowns, bonding, fillings, dental implants, and whitening.

This type of dental work is about only the mouth/smile. The jawline is unchanged, the bite often remains unchanged, the profile and the chin remain the same.

Face Lift Dentistry is used by some dentists with special training to define a group of procedures that accomplish a number of goals and result in a “face lift.” One dentist described the process as “improv[ing] patient’s health by physically balancing the jaw position with the TMJ. It is a comprehensive approach that is safer and more predictable because there is no surgery, no braces or aligners, and no drilling down healthy teeth. It doesn’t just optimize your smile, it optimizes your entire face.”

By lengthening the teeth with veneers, you

  • Eliminate the sagging or double chin
  • Lift your cheeks
  • Eliminate the hollowed cheek look
  • Fill out wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improve the lips

Replacing missing teeth can

  • Preserve facial bone structure
  • Restore a healthy and functional smile
  • Keep surrounding teeth in place
  • Boost confidence

If you or a loved one are interested in anti-aging dentistry, we encourage you to schedule a conversation with us (or with your dentist). You might be surprised to see what can be accomplished with anti-aging dental procedures.