dental implants or with FOY Dentures®, The Denture Fountain of Youth®, the difference can be quite dramatic, but otherwise it’s best to make sure you limit your expectations.
The thickness of human enamel is no more than about a tenth of an inch, so unless you’ve worn away all the enamel on your teeth and more, you’re unlikely to have lost a really large amount of volume. (This is unusual among modern people, and, believe us, you’d know!) Losing some of the height from the peaks of your molars might also contribute to some lost volume, but, overall, we’re talking about a relatively small difference. Sometimes the way your teeth fit together can change, which can also cause a loss of volume in the facial area.
The best way to get a sense about how much of a difference you can expect is to go to the mirror. Put your jaw in a normal resting position, then move it around. See how much of a difference it makes. Also keep in mind that you’d have to hold your jaw in any potential position for a long time. Over-aggressive restoration of the teeth can force your jaw into an uncomfortable position and may lead to TMJ-related problems.
Other Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Makes You Look Younger
Cosmetic dentistry also helps your smile look younger in other ways. First, restoring the color of your teeth. Whiter teeth can make you look much, much younger. Teeth whitening can give some good results, but other people might need porcelain veneers to achieve a youthful color.
Porcelain veneers can also be used to restore the youthful proportions of your visible teeth. It’s the proportions, more than just the absolute size, of your teeth that convey a youthful impression. And it’s important to remember that older restorations, especially old black metal amalgam fillings, gold, or poorly matched ceramics, can be replaced to rejuvenate your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can definitely make you look younger, but remember it’s always important to get a second opinion about what expectations are realistic for you and what level of treatments may be recommended for you.
If you want a second opinion on how to best rejuvenate your smile in Orange County, please call 949-238-6755 for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.