When people think of the signs of ageing it is not just grey or thinning hair and wrinkles that can affect how old someone looks, but their teeth too. The appearance of a person’s teeth can have a huge impact on their perceived age and how old they look to themselves as well as others.
Even if you take good care of your teeth, some age-related dental issues can start to appear as early as in your 30’s and leave patients feeling self-conscious about their teeth, their smile and overall appearance.
There are many dental issues that act as ‘age accelerators’ and can have huge effect on a person’s perceived age. However, with treatment from a professional Chelmsford dental practice, these can be resolved to reveal a beautiful, youthful smile that reflects how young you feel inside.
Yellow or Discoloured Teeth
One of the most common and easiest to treat, teeth with staining, yellowing or discolouration can really affect the appearance of the teeth, making them look much older than they are. Whether staining has occurred through lifestyle choices, genetics, age or as a result of poor oral hygiene, your dentist can offer a number of effective and affordable, professional teeth whitening treatments that can deliver a bright, white smile and take years off your age!
One or more missing teeth can have a huge impact on the look and function of a person’s mouth. The most suitable type of treatment will depend on the individual patient and their unique circumstances but there are several viable options that offer safe, long term solutions with natural, youthful looking results including – veneers, dental implants, dentures and dental bridges.
Things such as smoking, poor oral hygiene and periodontitis, the most severe form of gum disease can cause irreversible damage to gums, causing them to recede which can be extremely ageing. Although it is not possible for them to grow back, there are different treatments that can help to prevent further damage, as well as receding gum treatments to help restore the appearance of the gums. Scaling and root planning is often recommended to treat the cause of the problem, but severe cases may require gum surgery such as open flap scaling and planning, regeneration or gum rafts to help restore lost gum tissue.
Obvious Existing Dental Work
Whether it’s a result of poor dentistry treatment in the past, a fear of the dentist leading to missed check-ups or financial reasons, it is not uncommon for people to leave an old treatment in place way past the time it needed changing or updating. This can result in having one or more teeth that stand out from the others and not in a good way.
This is especially noticeable with things like dentures or old-style false teeth, veneers or implants that no longer fit properly or are not the same colour as the natural teeth. It is always important to maintain regular dentist visits to ensure that previous dental treatments are functioning as they should, and both look and work harmoniously in the mouth with the original teeth for a healthy, youthful smile.
Worn Down Teeth
Teeth can appear worn down over time due to general ageing or as a result of things such as Bruxism which is a condition that causes patients to grind their teeth, often when they are asleep. Apart from simple treatments such as customised mouth guards to help protect the teeth at night there are also a number of options to help restore the worn-down teeth. The exact type of treatment will depend on the individual patient and their unique needs but could involve composite bonding, crowns, veneers o0r a combination of the three.
Book An Appointment With Sharrow Dental Today
If you are feeling self-conscious about your smile and think that your teeth could be causing you to look older than you are then do not put it off. Get in touch with Sharrow Dental today and we will be happy to speak to you about your options and help arrange a consultation with one of our dental clinicians.