If you look around at advertisements here in Orange County, chances are you’ve seen people advertising cosmetic dentistry that can rejuvenate your face. You might have wondered how it works and whether it can really make you look younger. The answer is that yes, it can work, but you need to be careful about your expectations.
Rejuvenating the Face with Dentistry
The basic principle of this technique is that, as you age, you wear down your teeth. As your teeth get worn down, the space occupied by them shrinks, causing your bone structure to shrink. Combined with the effects of gravity and tissue changes, this leads to excess hanging skin in the face, jowls, and facial folds around the mouth area.
Wear on your teeth can also cause the resting position of your jaw to shift. It may tend to recede, which further contributes to a loss of definition of the jawline.
Does It Work?
There is definitely some truth to the principles here. Changes in your teeth, especially the loss of teeth and the resulting loss of jawbone volume, can definitely contribute to a loss of facial volume, which will then lead to a perception of “excess” skin, which will hang down or fold on the face.
However, it’s important to be realistic about how much of a difference this can make. If you have lost teeth and are getting them replaced with