It is easy to poke fun at the idea of a midlife crisis, but the changes that prompt this feeling are very real. Physical, emotional, and hormonal changes make these years challenging, but we believe that it is possible to sidestep a so-called crisis with cosmetic and restorative dentistry. There is much to look forward to in life, and your dentist can help you enjoy these things by giving you the confidence and pride needed to experience them.
How does aging affect your smile?
Aging can take a serious toll on your teeth and gums, sometimes so much that the appearance of your whole face seems to change. Teeth may become flattened and worn, which contributes to a sunken, hollowed look in the cheeks. Tooth enamel may darken by several shades, especially if you drink coffee or use tobacco products. Others report that their teeth are more fragile, leading to chips and cracks.
How can restorative dentistry help?
Dental crowns are ideal for building up worn-down teeth, especially those that have been damaged by teeth grinding. If the tooth or teeth cannot be repaired, dental prosthetics help counteract that sunken appearance, giving the cheeks a naturally fuller, more youthful look. Prosthetics also have aesthetic benefits. For example, a dental implant can fill in an unsightly gap left behind by a lost or extracted tooth.
How can cosmetic dentistry improve an aging smile?
For those whose teeth have darkened or developed staining, professional teeth whitening may be sufficient to brighten dull enamel. In more extreme cases, cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers can be used to cover stubborn stains. Veneers and bonding are also ideal for hiding chips, and they can even help make teeth appear straighter. A few things to consider:
- Teeth whitening may take an average of five years off your age.
- An attractive smile is key to making an excellent first impression, which is perfect for adults who seek new opportunities and experiences during this time of their life.
- Healthier smiles are perceived as more attractive by members of the opposite sex.
About Your Shrewsbury Cosmetic Dentists
At Modern Dentistry, Todd A. Pizzi, DDS, and Luciana Messina, DDS, are dedicated to providing high-quality cosmetic, restorative, and preventive dentistry services to patients and families in Shrewsbury, Worcester, North and South Grafton, Westborough, Southborough, Northborough, Boylston, Hopkinton, Millbury, and all surrounding communities. To schedule your next appointment, contact our office by calling (508) 842-6356 today.