Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but many people find that their teeth aren’t quite what they used to be when they reach middle age or their senior years. Teeth go through a lot over decades of causing them to become worn down, accrue stains, or develop many other cosmetic issues. Luckily, adopting healthy lifestyle habits and receiving one or more cosmetic dental treatments can help you maintain a youthful smile. Here’s how to maintain your teeth’s stunning appearance in your later years.

How Can My Smile Start Showing Its Age?

Chewing exerts a lot of pressure on your teeth over the years, and the resulting wear can affect their shape and alignment, and this problem only gets worse if you grind your teeth as a stress response. The teeth will also shift out of place due to the facial muscles changing shape with age, and the narrowing dental arches can push the teeth into crowded alignments. The force of chewing every day will also cause the back teeth to slightly incline inward.

To make matters worse, many popular foods and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, colas, sports drinks, and berries can cause stains and discoloration to form in your enamel layer. Smoking will also contribute to this by leaving yellowish stains or brownish buildups on the teeth.

How Can My Dentist Restore My Smile’s Youthful Appearance?

Luckily, cosmetic dental treatments can work wonders to give you a younger-looking smile. A few of these treatments include:

  • Porcelain veneers can permanently conceal chips, cracks, stains, and gaps to transform a smile into a beautiful new state. In some cases, they can even address minor alignment issues. They can be placed in as few as two appointments scheduled a few weeks apart.
  • Direct bonding treats minor cracks, stains, chips, and gaps. Your dentist will apply a small amount of tooth-colored composite resin to a dental defect, filling it in and covering it up before shaping it to match the natural contours of your teeth. This can be performed in minutes with no anesthesia during a routine dental appointment, and it involves no recovery period afterward.
  • Teeth whitening treatments can be performed in about an hour at your dentist’s office. Your dentist will place barriers in your mouth to protect your soft tissues before treating your teeth with several layers of concentrated whitening agent. This treatment delivers results superior to those of any store-bought whitening product, leaving your smile up to ten shades whiter.

You don’t have to let aging get the best of your beautiful smile. Consulting with your dentist can determine if any of these treatments are right for you.

About the Practice

Windermere Dentistry delivers the finest dental services available in Windermere, FL. Led by Drs. Matthew McKissock and Rupal Thakkar, the staff ensures that each patient receives individualized care in a clean and comfortable environment. Areas of expertise include preventive, restorative, emergency, and cosmetic dentistry such as the treatments listed here. For more information on what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact the office online or dial (407) 909-1099.


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