How Can I Maintain My Smile as I Age?

As the body ages, many changes occur. While maintaining good health is a priority, doing the things that will help us to age gracefully are important, too. One of the things that can betray age is the appearance of the teeth. A consultation to discuss the many improvements that cosmetic dentistry can provide will offer ways to retain your beautiful smile as you age.

One of the most economical, but impactful, improvements you can make is with teeth whitening. Teeth yellow over time. Topical stains from coffee, tea, red wine and other diet choices are erased with in-office Zoom teeth whitening. For patients that wish to whiten at home, there are products available that may take longer, but will offer a brighter smile.

Chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth can be enhanced with dental veneers. Veneers are wafer thin, tooth colored “jackets” that are designed to be permanently cemented on the front of damaged teeth. Other imperfections easily covered with veneers include closing gaps between teeth or hiding intrinsic stains not improved with teeth whitening.

Tooth loss from trauma, decay or disease is problematic whether you are a young adult or a senior citizen. But losing one or many teeth does not have to mean a major lifestyle change. Although there are several options that will deal with the aesthetic aspect of tooth loss, there is only one choice that will return the patient to the condition closest to natural, and that is with dental implants.

A dental implant is appropriate to replace one tooth, several teeth, or to support a bridge. The implant itself is made from titanium … when embedded in gum tissue where tooth loss has occurred, the implant will fuse to existing bone tissue and provide the strength and support for the cosmetic restoration acting much like the roots of biological teeth.

After the implants have healed, they will be covered with one or more crowns or a bridge that has been designed to match surrounding natural teeth. The completed treatment will allow the patient to resume eating the foods most loved, speak with ease, and smile with a renewed self-confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry is no longer a luxury reserved just for the wealthy … our dental team can outline a treatment plan that will work with your budget and timeline to maintain your smile for a lifetime.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry at 512-200-7422 to schedule your professional consultation today.

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