Restoring healthy dentition and a youthful smile can take years off a person’s overall facial appearance. As a restorative dentist, Dr. Marlo Griesser finds that patients appear older when they have been grinding or clenching their teeth, slowly shearing away millimeters of healthy enamel. What happens is that the teeth now appear shorter and a loss of anatomy occurs, resulting in a sagging, wrinkled facial appearance. When smiling or speaking, it appears as though no upper teeth are present.
To confirm this, Dr. Griesser can take a vertical dimension measurement from the tip of the nose to the bottom of the chin. This distance decreases with an aging face and reduced teeth. With non-surgical restorative dentistry, she rebuilds the loss of the enamel and builds the anatomy of your teeth as it was 25 years ago using porcelain crowns or Durathin veneers. The longer teeth will increase the vertical dimension giving a less sagging appearance around the face and mouth, which instantly rejuvenates the smile.
Also, speech and swallowing become more clear, and chewing and stability of the jaw is improved. In many cases headaches and neck discomfort disappear. Anti-aging dentistry is also a powerful motivator in sexual attraction, being more competitive in the workforce, and increasing the sense of well-being and self-esteem.