We all want to look as young as possible; we slather ourselves in anti-aging potions to keep wrinkles at bay, liberally apply sunscreen to protect from sun damage, dye our hair and follow the latest fashions to retain our youthful beauty. Something you might not have considered is getting your smile fixed.
Investing in a beautiful smile will reap rewards for the rest of your life. Even better, correcting problems with your smile can benefit your dental health and even your overall health as well as making your face and jawline look younger.
If you ask your friends, you’ll find most people have something they don’t like about their smile. Maybe some teeth overlap a little or your jawline is more prominent than you’d like. Perhaps you’re self-conscious that your teeth look too ‘gummy’, or your face is really round due to an overbite.
Here we describe common problems that affect your smile and how cosmetic dentistry and non-surgical beauty treatment are the key to a youthful face.
Your ‘bite’ is the way your lower and upper teeth naturally fit together. An optimal bite is when your upper row of teeth sit just over your lower row of teeth and your molars rest snugly together with their points and grooves neatly aligned.
Your bite is determined by your jaw and is usually a combination of genetics and environment factors. For instance children who suck their thumbs and adults who bite on pens can end up with an overbite (when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth). An underbite (where the lower jaw and teeth overlap the upper teeth) can be the result of mouth breathing or sucking on a pacifier as a baby. Sometimes, an abnormal bite is solely down to genetics and runs in families.
Misaligned bites can actually cause quite a lot of problems. A common problem is teeth grinding, often at night, so you won’t know unless your bedfellow tells you! This habit can erode the protective tooth enamel leading to sensitivity, chipped teeth and tooth decay.
Because the teeth aren’t meeting properly this can also add unnecessary strain on the jaw resulting in annoying jaw pain or embarrassing clicking noises. Where the upper and lower jaws meet is called the TMJ and disorders of this joint can cause headaches (even migraines) as well as neck and shoulder tension. A suboptimal jaw position can even reduce your quality of sleep – who knew? Many people with these symptoms do not realise they could all be caused by their teeth.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO FIX YOUR SMILE
Many dental problems such as overcrowded or crooked teeth, and misaligned bites tend to be corrected during childhood, but it’s never too late for cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile. Not only will it boost your confidence and improve your dental and overall health, it will 100% improve your satisfaction when taking selfies!
NON-SURGICAL BEAUTY TREATMENT
The amount of cosmetic dentistry options can seem overwhelming – where do you even start? Some people go for orthodontic treatment to straighten crooked teeth and remove small gaps. However, this can take a long time (6−18 months) and you have to be quite disciplined if you opt for the clear removable trays that no one can see.
For those worried about their willpower there are teeth-coloured braces with white brackets and whites so still far less visible than train track metal braces. The only problem with these is that you have to be careful what you eat and drink the entire time they are fixed to your teeth (no curry, no red wine – sheesh).
Luckily, advances in technology mean there are alternative options out there that are non-invasive, produce quick results and improve the jawline and teeth with minimal downtime or risk of complications. Youthful beauty can be achieved in as little as 4 – 8 days with a revolutionary non-surgical dental treatment developed by Dr Sam Muslin. The JawTrac® treatment can move the jaw into its best position, whether its overbite correction or underbite correction – ensuring an attractive jaw line and a beautiful natural-looking smile.
Celebs always seem to be getting veneers – porcelain shells that are bonded to the natural teeth. Although these instantly whiten and straighten your smile, disguising any imperfections, they do involve the removal or drilling down of some of your natural teeth which can lead to sensitivity. An alternative is porcelain VENLAY® restorations, which are bonded to healthy enamel without any damage to the natural teeth (and no drilling).
Whatever aspect of your smile you’re unhappy with, there is definitely an option out there that can provide the smile of your dreams. Before you dive into getting veneers or invasive surgery, do your due diligence and look at the before and afters at Face Lift Dentistry – if something more natural-looking and with less downtime if what you’re after.