is cosmetic dentistry a worthwhile option for older adults

Is Cosmetic Dentistry A Worthwhile Option for Older Adults? (Part 1)

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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Dental care at any age is important, but it seems like the older you get, the more dental care you need. After all, your teeth have served you for a lifetime of chewing, smiling, and talking, and they are beginning to wear out.

While it’s a no-brainer to continue to get preventive and general dentistry services like teeth cleanings and fillings, you may be wondering if it’s worth your while to get any cosmetic dentistry procedures done. “If I was younger,” you might be thinking, “I would do it for sure, but is it worth it now?” Our answer is a resounding YES, and in this blog post, we’ll explore the reasons why.

Before we get to that, though, there’s one important thing we want to point out. If paying for a cosmetic dentistry procedure is going to make it hard for you to afford basic essentials like food, medications, or personal hygiene items, then no, you probably shouldn’t do it. Please make sure that you are taken care of first. Our dental clinic is very serious about acting in the best interest of our patients, and we would never push a cosmetic dentistry procedure on anyone if it was going to create a financial hardship for you. Please understand that in the rest of the post, we’re making the assumption that the reader has the discretionary funds to apply to a cosmetic dentistry procedure and is just determining whether the cost is justified based on the time you’ll have to enjoy your cosmetic improvements.

1. You are NEVER too old to invest in yourself

Every person has intrinsic value, and age has absolutely nothing to do with that. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you’re less worthy than a younger person to get a cosmetic dentistry procedure.

2. Cosmetic dentistry can give you great-looking results, no matter your age

Aging is not for the faint of heart, and it’s not easy for anybody to accept graying hair, deeper wrinkles, or diminishing strength. While all of these things can be reversed to some extent through anti-aging procedures, upgrading your teeth is one of the ways that you can get fantastic, youthful-looking results, no matter your age. You’ll feel good about yourself, and that boost of confidence and “pep in your step” can go a long way towards contributing to your overall well-being.

3. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can improve your quality of life

Chewing food is something we all took for granted when we were younger, but any denture wearer will tell you that it’s a lot bigger of a hassle with dentures. There are cosmetic dentistry options, such as dental implants, that look and act like a natural tooth that’s anchored firmly. You’ll be able to chew more easily and care for your dental hygiene normally. Getting cosmetic dentistry done can also help to keep your jawbone strong and prevent teeth from shifting.

4. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can keep teeth from shifting

One of the big reasons that people get cosmetic dentistry done is because they’re missing a tooth. But what happens if you don’t replace that tooth? Other teeth can shift positions into the gap, leading to extra spaces within your teeth and different pressures on different parts of your teeth. Too much pressure on the wrong area of a tooth can lead to additional side effects, such as cracks in the adjoining teeth.

Contact Joshua Colkmire Today for Cosmetic Dentistry in Sarasota

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