Could the Next Solution For Anti-Aging Be a Visit to the Dentist?

Jager Weatherby on 17 Jun 2014 at 12:00pm

Could the Next Solution For Anti-Aging Be a Visit to the Dentist?

There are more options than ever these days when it comes to anti-aging, especially for consumers who are cautious of anything too invasive. We’ve all heard of the common fixers: chemical peels, Botox, and $200 face creams… but you might be surprised to learn that the best place to get a youthful appearance could just be the dentist’s office.

According to Manhattan-based cosmetic dentist Ryan Sellinger, improving your smile is the “greatest and fastest” way to take years off your face, which as we all know is one of the first places to shows signs of aging. “Treatments range from a simple tooth whitening procedure to a full smile makeover with veneers and bonding,” he reveals to RealSelf. “Any combination of whitening, straightening, bonding, or veneers can be used to achieve a brighter, more cheerful smile. The smile is the gateway to who we are.”

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But it’s not just a brighter, whiter smile that these doctors are after. In fact, in his new book Anti-Aging Dentistry: Restoring Youth One Smile at a Time, Dr. Kourosh Maddahi claims that this kind of work is inching its way towards replacing injectables and facelifts. “Most people don’t realize that typical signs of aging, like hollowed cheeks and wrinkles around the mouth, are actually caused by correctable structural abnormalities in the mouth,” Maddahi explains.
He and certain other dentists are now offering minimally-invasive procedures which could reduce wrinkles and lift sagging skin. The process typically involves expertly placed crowns and veneers, which fill out the face, plump the lips, and sharpen the jawline. While the procedure starts at a couple thousands dollars and varies depending on the sculpting that needs to be done, Maddahi claims that it’s not only safer, but it’s also longer lasting.

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If you’re not quite ready to hop into the dentist’s chair, there are a few things you can do slow the signs of aging in your face — namely get that teeth-grinding under control. While immediate results of grinding include headaches and a sore jaw, chronic bruxism can cause major changes in the structure of your jaw, making you look older than you actually are. What’s more, the habit affects a whopping 50 percent of adults!

Of course, it’s never too late to get the issue in check. So if you’re guilty of grinding, read up on RealSelf’s list of ways to nip the habit in the bud!

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