cosmetic dentistry options for older adults

Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Older Adults

Dr. Joshua Colkmire Cosmetic Dentistry Sarasota

Dr. Joshua Colkmire

Dr. Colkmire’s dental degree comes from NYU College of Dentistry, and he also holds bachelor’s degrees from Lee University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Florida Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also a part of the renowned Seattle Study Club, a vibrant international network of dentists who meet to share knowledge about how to provide excellent care to each and every patient who comes into their practice.
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With anti-aging treatments out there for everything from wrinkles to energy levels, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you can also turn back the hands of the clock on the way that your mouth and teeth look. In this blog from our dental clinic in Sarasota, we’d like to explore some of the ways that cosmetic dentistry can give you a youthful appearance.

Factors that age the look of your teeth

It’s inevitable that with the passage of time, your teeth won’t look quite the same as they did when you were 18. Life takes a toll on us, and at the end of the day, the amazing thing is how long our teeth do last. But since we don’t grow new teeth after our set of permanent teeth come in, here are a few of the things that make teeth look older.

  • Shorter teeth. Teeth get worn down imperceptibly over time by all that chewing, and by the time you hit your senior years, they are visibly shorter than they were when you were young.
  • Receding gums or roots showing. Everyone’s gum tissue is gradually receding, and while a healthy regimen of brushing and flossing can slow the progression of gums receding, it’s inevitable that it will happen to some extent.
  • Darkened teeth. The dentin in your teeth undergoes certain changes as you age, and a lifetime of eating will inevitably bring your teeth into contact with material that stains teeth little by little. Whiter teeth make you look younger.
  • Missing teeth. Whether a tooth became loose due to receding gums, or whether one of life’s hard knocks made off with one or more of your teeth, having missing teeth can contribute to the appearance of age.

Cosmetic Dentistry Options for Looking Younger

If you already use other anti-aging techniques like dying your hair or using botox for wrinkles, you can contribute to the overall youth of your whole appearance by also paying attention to your teeth. Here are some of the cosmetic dentistry options that are available to give you the younger look that matches your other anti-aging strategies.

  • Professional teeth whitening. Undo that darkened teeth look with a professional teeth whitening treatment. Having this done at a dentist is the safest way to get the whitest possible shade of teeth without inadvertently harming them with DIY bleaching products.
  • Crowns. Crowns aren’t just for molars that you chipped back in the day. Getting crowns on your front teeth can make a huge difference in fixing both shorter teeth and receding gums. When you choose CEREC crowns, they’ll get made in a single day and you’ll walk away feeling like you shed 15 or 20 years in your appearance.
  • Implants. Implants are a great solution for missing teeth, as they anchor directly into your jawbone and behave essentially the same as a real tooth. No more fighting with dentures.

Don’t let your teeth be the only thing that gives away your age–ask us about cosmetic dentistry at your next appointment. Call us or fill out our contact form to schedule your appointment.