Let’s face facts. We live in an age-conscious and tooth-conscious society. People judge us by how we look and how we present ourselves. Going on a first date, a big job interview, or meeting your partner’s parents for the first time? Your teeth will play a HUGE role in the first impression and how you look and how you feel.
Stained teeth, a gap in your smile, and teeth that are crooked can all make you look and feel years older than you really are. Do you have to go to a medical spa or plastic surgeon to change your appearance? No. You’re going to be amazed to learn how your dentist can help you look younger and feel younger.
Your smile is a “love language”
The 5 Love Languages is a world-renowned and Amazon best-selling book focusing on the different ways we show (and receive) affection and appreciation.
In my opinion, there’s a 6th love language, your smile.
Smiling to show love, happiness, acceptance, or comfort dates back to our most primal animal instincts. But unfortunately, many people are self-conscious about how their smile looks and consciously avoid smiling because of this. If you’re one of those people who hate to smile in photos or who go out of your way to avoid showing their teeth, don’t despair. Your dentist can help you look younger.
Your smile is how you look
There’s plenty of research into the science of beauty and one of the key components of an attractive face is symmetry. Unconsciously, people prefer a face that is symmetrical. To put it simply, imagine drawing a line down the middle of your face. The more closely the one side of your face matches the other, the more symmetrical and attractive it is.
Missing teeth, crooked teeth, and other issues with your smile throw off that symmetry. When you change your smile, you change your entire facial profile and make yourself look better and feel better.
How can a dentist help?
Whether your teeth are stained by your morning latte habit or just from the natural aging process, teeth whitening treatments can really help you look and feel younger. Our teeth whitening treatments are like turning back the clock and can take years off of your appearance.
In most cases, I recommend in-office whitening treatments for a dramatic change in your smile. Then you can use custom at-home whitening trays to maintain your desired level of whiteness. No matter how busy your life is, you’ll have the white teeth you’ve always wanted.
Misaligned and crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem, they’re a health problem, too. Crooked teeth are harder to clean and can lead to cavities, gum disease, and TMJ pain. But many adults don’t like the idea of wearing big bulky metal braces. Braces can make you look too young and just plain don’t look good.
Invisalign is so much better than braces. You won’t believe it. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and are very discreet. Nobody will notice you’re wearing them. Plus, Invisalign is easy to clean and can even be removed when you’re eating or for a special occasion.
Missing teeth are one of the biggest reasons people are dissatisfied with their smiles. A gap between teeth can make you look so much older and can make you very self-conscious about your appearance.
Many people balk at the thought of getting dentures to fix missing teeth. Fortunately, there’s a great option that’s even better than dentures: dental implants. Implants are the next best thing to a real tooth. Implants take the place of your tooth’s root and are topped with a custom crown or bridge to look just like a real tooth. With proper care, dental implants can last forever.
Many people think they have so many problems with their smile and there’s nothing that can be done about it. But nothing is further from the truth. Veneers can be like an instant smile makeover, fixing a variety of problems, including:
- Small gaps
In just a few appointments, you can see a tremendous change in your smile. Custom veneers act like thin, durable, and beautiful “covers” for your natural teeth. They’re made just for you so they look natural and fit perfectly, too.
Gum disease treatments
That’s right. Even gum disease treatments can help you look and feel younger.
If you do have gum disease, prompt treatment is key. Gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults and as we’ve talked about, a missing tooth really affects how you feel about your appearance. Not only that but gum one symptom of gum disease is receding gums. This is where the gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, making the tooth look “longer” than it should.
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation (also known as a gum lift) fixes gum recession and can instantly take years off your appearance. Best of all, unlike traditional gum disease surgery, gum rejuvenation therapy isn’t surgery and doesn’t require a long time to recover. You’ll be back to normal in just a few hours.
General dentistry, including exams and checkups
When we’re healthier, we just feel better about our bodies and ourselves. Keeping up with your dental exams and checkups lets you feel more confident about your smile and your health. With one less worry on your mind, you’ll feel better and you’ll look better, too.
Start looking and feeling younger today.
Here at Green Dentistry, we’re always accepting new patients and can’t wait to help you look and feel your very best. Schedule your first appointment today. Book online or call (415) 433-0119 for more information. We can’t wait to meet you.
A graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of California’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Patel is a leader in the movement to bring environmental sanity and well-being into the dental world. As a trusted dentist, Dr. Patel provides her patients with more than just world-class dental care — she helps them recognize the vital connection between dental health and whole body health. She is also a ForbesBooks and Amazon best-selling author.