As time passes, some unwanted changes take place on our bodies. While certain signs of age aren’t so bad (who doesn’t want to look a little wiser?), others can make a big impact on our appearances. Your teeth are especially susceptible to the forces of time – and the resulting effects are easily noticed by those around you.
But your smile doesn’t have to betray all the years of your life (or indicate that you’re older than you actually are). With restorative and cosmetic dentistry, you can make the kind of gentle tweaks and more serious repairs that will keep your teeth in fighting, fearsome shape.
If you’re unhappy with your teeth, then it’s time for a change. And Dr. Michael Ricciardi is here to help.
Top Ways Your Smile Can Age You
Certain aesthetic changes are pretty universal when it comes to dental wear. Some of these are more maturing than others – and will be more apparent to the world at large.
The top aging signs to look out for include:
- Yellow patches or stains – A bright, white smile looks young and fresh. But it’s easy for teeth to become stained. Over time, dark liquids and foods deposit compounds in enamel’s porous surface. As these build up, they change the look of your grin. And yellow teeth or dark patches make your teeth look like they haven’t been well cared-for.
- Chips/cracks – Using your teeth as tools, chronic grinding, and broken dental work will all lead to superficial chips or breaks. When your teeth appear ragged, it doesn’t seem like they’re a top priority.
- Worn enamel – Bruxism is a dangerous beast. This ongoing clenching and grinding will wear away your enamel, leading to teeth that look small, dark, and worn (and feel sensitive). Problems like acid reflux, and repetitive consumption of acidic beverages, also lead to enamel loss.
- Asymmetrical teeth – When you lose tooth structure or an entire tooth, the surrounding teeth shift to move into the space left behind. This changes your bite, and can lead to crookedness in your smile. Jutting, asymmetrical teeth will make your overall appearance look older and unkempt.
Dental Treatment Tackles Tooth Wear and Disrepair
So you’re aware of what might be aging you. Now, you’re ready to do something about it.
Dr. Michael Ricciardi offers both cosmetic and restorative dentistry in Staten Island and the surrounding New York areas. With wide range of treatment options available under one roof, there’s an answer for every aesthetic (and functional) concern.
Restorative or Cosmetic Dentistry?
How do you know which treatment branch is right for you? The first step is to schedule a consultation. Only a dentist will be able to tell you what your smile needs, and recommend a treatment plan that will get you to that goal safely.
Generally, there are a few differences between cosmetic and restorative treatment. Cosmetic dentistry has the ultimate purpose of changing the appearance of a smile, while restorative dentistry aims to rebuild its function. That said, your restorative treatment will still look and feel natural – and beautiful.
Common treatments for worn, aging teeth include:
- Dental bonding – Tooth bonding applies composite material to the tooth’s surface. This quickly, comfortably covers chips and stains, and improves sensitivity.
- Porcelain veneers – Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that bond to a smile. Veneers are natural-looking, and last for years.
- Porcelain crowns – Crowns replace a larger portion of a damaged tooth, and help rebuild after decay or physical trauma.
- Dental bridge – A bridge replaces a missing tooth by fitting two crowns over adjacent structures.
- Dental implants – Implants are tooth root replacements that sit in your jaw bone, connecting with its tissue and acting as foundations for restorations.
Think any of the above might be right for you? Simply get in touch to learn more.