Everyone knows that plastic surgery can reduce the telltale signs of aging. But radical surgery can be both painful and time consuming. Other recent alternatives, such as Botox and Collagen injections, reduce wrinkles but are costly and temporary. These days cosmetic dentistry has revolutionized the pursuit of beauty, youth, and self-esteem, as a non-invasive, practical alternative to what plastic surgeons have offered for years. Our office is one of the pioneers of the scalpel-less facelift. We offer our patients a new option to help achieve a more youthful appearance by diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, plumping up lips, and perfecting smiles thus making patients look years younger safely and efficiently without surgery.
Imagine lifting years off your face in just a week. When it comes to reducing the signs of aging, esthetic dentistry should be a top consideration. As you get older, the lower portion of your face inevitably begins to shrink. With cosmetic dentistry, we are able to drastically reduce wrinkles and return an individual’s face to a more youthful state through manipulation of tooth width and size. And, there are other health benefits. As teeth wear down over the years, the jaw can be prevented from closing correctly, causing pain. Cosmetic dentistry can improve functionality and eliminate discomfort. Our patients tell us that the best part is that there’s immediate gratification and no extended recovery period. We can change many patients’ smile and image in just one visit, and their friends often can’t identify what the change is. They just know that our clients look beautiful and rejuvenated.
At the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we create smile designs that are individually customized to each patient based on a number of factors. For example, the shape of the patient’s face will affect the chosen shape of the teeth. If a patient has a round face, creating long, square-shaped teeth will ultimately have a slimming affect on the patient’s face. If a patient is concerned about laugh lines, they can minimize wrinkles by building-out the veneer and, as a result, the facial area above the veneer is pushed out, thereby smoothing upper lip wrinkles while causing lips to appear more full and pouty. Longer teeth are also synonymous with youth, whereas older teeth are shorter because of years of wear and tear. For a more youthful appearance, veneers are made longer creating the appearance of younger teeth. The mouth appears fuller with longer teeth as they actually push out the lower lip, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Another indication of age is the dark, negative space seen in the back corners of the mouth when a person smiles. To correct this, our dentists widen the width of the back teeth with veneers. This broadens the smile and imparts it with more whiteness eliminating the dark corners. Finally, teeth stain with age, and a dingy smile can add years to ones face. The color of the teeth corresponds with the age of the patient – the younger the whiter. Skin tones can also influence the shade selection of the veneers. Thus, by placing a natural looking, whiter veneer over discolored teeth the face is brightened creating a more youthful appearance.
Our patients often tell us that their lives have changed because of their new smiles. Their increased confidence has been a catalyst to many other life altering changes such as career advancement, a greater interest in fitness and health, and a stronger desire to continue improving their lives. Most importantly their new smiles make them aware of the fact that it’s not too late to bring out their true beauty.