As you start to get older, the appearance and health of your mouth, teeth and gums start to decline. Seniors are more likely to lose teeth to decay, have dead teeth, easily acquire stained teeth and their teeth may crack more easily. There are a number of cosmetic dentistry options that are perfect for seniors who are coping with a change in their smile, and aren't quite ready to give up their flawless, toothy, white grin.
A dental crown is a a small cap that is attached to a tooth using adhesive. A mold of the tooth that needs a crown is made, ensuring that the crown will appear natural. The tooth that needs a crown is drilled down, and then the crown is glued on. Crowns are a great option for teeth that have weakened and cracked, and may not be the most pleasant to look at. They are also a good option for certain teeth that are resistant to teeth-whitening methods.
If you have had a tooth pulled, you don't have to walk around with an unsightly gape in your mouth. Dental implants allow your dentist to affix a false tooth directly to your jaw, filling in the gape and restoring the beauty of your natural smile. If you have had many teeth pulled, you might want to consider getting dental implants. Dental implants can be done for every tooth, which means if you are averse to wearing dentures, this might be the right option for you. Implants have the advantage of being permanent, as well as the fact that they look a lot more natural than dentures do.
Bonding is a procedure wherein the dentist applies a resin that has been colored to match the appearance of the rest of your teeth to certain problem teeth. Bonding is a great fix for those who have discoloration that only appear on a few number of teeth, people who have small cracks and chips in their teeth, as well as those who are looking to close gaps. Bonding is an inexpensive and quick option, and might be the best choice when crowns or veneers aren't wanted. Teeth bonding can be done in one office visit, and you will see the results in your smile right away.
Professional Teeth Whitening
As you get older, your teeth become less and less resilient to stains. You might find that they start to darken and turn yellow, and no amount of brushing or prevention can stop the discoloration from setting in. Often times discoloration is due to the thinning of the enamel, allowing the darker parts of the tooth to shine through. In-office professional whitening methods can brighten up your smile and return it to its former glory. When you get your teeth whitened in the office, the dentist will apply a tray of whitening agent to your teeth, and then use a special light to let it cure. Teeth discoloration on seniors, especially discoloration due to life-long neglect or thinning enamel, may not be easily remedied by over-the-counter or at DIY whitening treatments. However, an in-office cosmetic whitening can brighten your smile up to 8 shades.
Whether you have lost a tooth due to health problems, you have a dying tooth, or you aren't happy at the rate at which your teeth are starting to discolor, there is a cosmetic dentistry option that can help you. There is no need to sacrifice a great smile as you get older! Talk to your cosmetic dentist about what he can do to breath the life back into your smile.