As a person ages, they lose elastin and collagen, which makes the corners of the mouth droop. If you are having this problem and considering getting a face lift, you should talk to your cosmetic dentist first. They cannot only whiten your teeth, but they can also help you look younger. Below is some information about whitening your teeth, as well as a procedure the dentist can do to take some years off your face.
Whiten Your Teeth
If you have stains on your teeth, you may have tried an over-the-counter teeth-whitening product to remove the stains and whiten your teeth. If this product did not work, your stains are bad or you have many of them, you should let your cosmetic dentist do this for you. The products they use are much more powerful than what you can purchase.
The cosmetic dentist may suggest tray-based whitening. You wear a night guard that is custom made to fit your teeth. A whitening gel is placed in the guard and you wear it while you are sleeping for a certain amount of days. How long you have to wear it depends on how stained your teeth are.
If you want your teeth whitened in your dentist's office, they will apply a concentrated bleaching gel directly on your teeth. They will then accelerate the gel using a laser light or heat. Depending on how bad your teeth are stained, you may only have to visit the dentist one time, or you may have to have the process repeated a second time or more.
Make You Look Younger
If you want your teeth perfectly white and want to look younger, you can ask your cosmetic dentist to put porcelain veneers on your teeth. Porcelain veneers are a thin shell that is custom made for you. The cosmetic dentist will remove a small amount of tooth enamel from your lower and front teeth and then bond the shells to these teeth to change their length, size, shape, and/or color.
The cosmetic dentist can add extra thickness to the veneers to reshape your facial structure and lips. This will result in fewer wrinkles, a change to the contour of your face, and plumper lips. You will walk out of the dentist office looking much younger.
Talk with your cosmetic dentist about whitening your teeth and porcelain veneers. They can go over this with you in more detail so you can decide if this is something that would be right for you. Click here to learn more about cosmetic dentistry.