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Your smile can age you

John Bocchi

We place more focus on our appearance and looking more youthful as we age. We exercise, eat right, use sunscreen, dye our hair, and undergo cosmetic procedures. But what about your smile?

Sierra Smiles Tahoe wants every patient to be confident with their appearance at every age. We're dedicated to helping with one very important feature — your smile. When it comes to your smile, there are some things that can age you. Here are some common concerns we hear and solutions:

Teeth Discoloration

Whether you love coffee or red wine these kinds of drinks and some foods can cause tooth discoloration. This can make people subconsciously tack years onto your age. Consider professional tooth whitening for an extra bright boost! Gum Recession

When gums recede, more of the tooth becomes visible, making it look longer. Unfortunately, longer teeth are also associated with a higher age. Gum recession is caused by rough brushing, grinding, gum disease, or even genetics. If caught early, a simple change in your brushing technique may be enough. If it's more progressed, a deeper cleaning called scaling and root planing may work.

Facial Collapse

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When teeth are missing, they may be replaced with a denture or partial. Both are great options to get your smile functioning again. But sometimes, an ill-fitting denture or a long time spent without one can cause drooping facial muscles. When your jaw bone isn't stimulated through forces like chewing, it can deteriorate, causing facial muscles like the chin to sink and an older appearance. Make sure your denture provides proper bone stimulation or consider permanent dental implants as a replacement.

If you're concerned about your smile's appearance, call our Tahoe dental office to schedule an appointment and discuss your smile goals.

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