Anti-Aging Dentistry: Instead of Botox Treat Oral Issues


2014-05-06 13:48

People have been searching for the Fountain of Youth for centuries, and we’ve settled on plastic surgeries, fillers, Botox and other temporary solutions for our facial looks, instead of treating the actual cause of the signs of aging. Hollow cheeks, sagging jaw lines, wrinkles around the lips and other facial issues that make us look old, are actually an oral health issue - and one that can be fixed.

What is Anti-Aging Dentistry?

Anti-Aging Dentistry addresses issues that come with getting older by fixing flaws in the smile to restructure the bottom third of the face without needing to perform invasive surgery or put the patient under general anesthesia. The method is not only a safer alternative to more invasive procedures, but it also provides a long-term solution for the structure of the mouth by correcting abnormalities or damage caused by years of natural wear and tear on the teeth and jaw.

The anti-aging dentistry works

The teeth support the cheeks, the lips and the area around the nose, and as we grow older these areas tend to hollow out diminishing the bright youthful look of a full face. In addition, daily practices that many patients exhibit unconsciously cause wear and tear to the teeth and surrounding areas of the face. Habits such as clenching and grinding, how we chew our food, drinking from straws and smoking impact the shape of the jaw and cause deep wrinkles to form around the mouth.

Porcelain veneers and crowns are one way to enhance the smile and counteract these signs of aging. They not only provide straighter, stronger and whiter teeth but also provide the support the skin needs to smooth out naturally and restore its youthful quality.

One technique of anti-aging dentistry is to augment the natural shape of the teeth to make them longer, which provides a long-term solution to combat the horizontal lines at the corners of the lips. These wrinkles appear due to a collapsed bite and the constant pressure this puts on the mouth by squishing the lips together. By lengthening the teeth, the veneers open up the bite to decrease wrinkles, smoothen the sagging jaw and lifting the lower 1/3 of the face. This lengthening softens the patient’s face so much that it will appear as if they have had much more than just their teeth done.

Veneers and crowns are also used to widen the arch by building out the teeth so that they’re thicker. This gives someone fuller lips, plumps the cheeks, and helps smooth out wrinkles, for a naturally vibrant look that fillers simply can’t provide. It also fills out the smile, giving it the beautiful fullness associated with some of Hollywood’s most famous smiles, like Julia Roberts and Halle Berry.

These techniques used together form the basis of anti-aging dentistry and help patients regain their youthful smile and smooth skin. The complete restructuring of the face through minimally invasive dental procedures leaves patients looking 10 to 20 years younger and continues to keep their skin smooth and beautiful.

Written by Dr. Kourosh Maddahi, author of Anti-Aging Dentistry, cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills, Calif.