Freshen Up Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in San Mateo
Yes, it happens to all of us.
As much as we try to sidestep the issue, age creeps up on everyone. A wrinkle here, a new ache there. Time marches on, and as it does, our bodies change. And just as various parts of our bodies begin to show the signs of age, teeth are no exception.
If you stop and think about all the wear and tear your teeth have endured over the years, that should come as no surprise! All of the biting and chewing begin to take their toll, as do elements that stain such as coffee, tea, wine, and nicotine.
Here’s the good news. Even though teeth become tarnished over time, your smile doesn’t have to reveal your age, we promise! Check out these three things that can age your smile — and solutions from our cosmetic dental office in San Mateo.
Whiten and Brighten
In addition to the staining effects of food, beverages, tobacco products, and even some medications, teeth naturally yellow as they age.
Teeth are comprised of layers including an inner pulp, a middle layer called dentin, and a tough outer coating of enamel. Although extremely durable and hard, enamel can wear away for a variety of reasons like years of exposing teeth to food and beverages high in sugar, acid reflux, and medications. As enamel erodes, the dentin layer is exposed, causing teeth to appear yellowish in color.
Tooth whitening is a long-lasting way to restore a bright smile. Our dental care team utilizes Zoom advanced technology, a process that uses a blue light and tooth whitening gel to deliver up to 14 shades lighter in 1 hour. It’s safe, fast, and effective!
Repair Cracks, Chips, and Gaps
Friction, wear and tear, accidental injury from sports — all have a hand in damaging teeth. Some wear is normal with age — think about all your teeth have accomplished over the years — but especially if you grind your teeth at night or indulge in habits like chewing ice or biting fingernails.
Porcelain veneers are one solution for cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. Veneers are a durable material that is fixed over existing teeth, natural in color and appearance, and stain resistant. They also serve to protect worn teeth from further damage.
Straighten and Realign
Did you realize that teeth can shift with age? Yes, they can!
As jawbones weaken and gums recede with age and time, teeth can shift, tilt, or crowd together. Years of biting, chewing, and grinding may also affect tooth alignment.
Invisalign is one option for adults to enjoy aligned teeth, and in a way that’s less obvious or inconvenient than traditional metal braces. It’s something to consider; no longer are braces just for children or adolescents! Even a mature mouth is welcome to benefit from this simple way to achieve a smile makeover.
With age comes wisdom and experience, that’s true; but a radiant smile also reflects confidence and self-assurance. San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is standing by to give your mature teeth a new look — contact us today for a consultation!