Are Your Teeth Aging You?

aging teethHealthy teeth in your 30s, 40s, and beyond simply don’t look as bright and new as they did when you were in your 20s. Life takes a toll. Pigment stains can add up, certainly, but even whitening treatments can’t give you back the same pristine set of teeth you took for granted when you were younger.

Do you need a general and cosmetic dentist in Holland, PA? Dr. Gary Nack serves patients in the 18966 and surrounding zip codes; call our dental office at 215-364-6540 for a cosmetic consultation.

What are some of the most unsightly signs of aging teeth?

Worn Down Enamel – Enamel erosion can be caused by a number of factors. Tooth enamel can be worn down by overuse, a soda or lemonade habit, or even a chronic case of acid reflux. Some women suffer enamel damage during pregnancy or other times of fluctuating hormones that cause nausea and vomiting. Stomach acids in the mouth can cause enamel to wear down at the edges and look ridge-y, or translucent. If the edges of your teeth feel sharper on some teeth than others, it may be due to enamel erosion.

Fine Cracks – It’s a fact of biology that tooth enamel becomes more brittle as we age, and fine cracks may become widespread in the mouth. Some cracks can lead to teeth becoming more vulnerable to decay, and some are harmless. Fine cracks that look bad but aren’t dangerous are called “craze lines” and they may give the effect of a pottery glaze.

Chips and Dents – We all notice when an accident or bit of hard food causes a tooth to break, but it’s the small chips we don’t notice that can add up to give teeth a rough or ridged appearance. Dents, known as “cups,” can also form on the teeth as the result of enamel erosion.

Black Triangles – If you start to notice gaps between teeth near the gum line (even for teeth that fit tightly together) this is commonly referred to by dentists as black triangles. This common complaint is the result of gum recession, and is caused when gum tissue that previously filled in that triangle of space is no longer there. Gum recession is commonly caused by gum disease, but it can also be caused by years of overzealous brushing and flossing or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard.

Can Aging Teeth Be Fixed?

While it’s impossible to regrow lost enamel or “un-chip” a tooth, there are a number of treatments that can strengthen teeth and restore a youthful appearance.

Whitening Treatments – If years of pigment stains have left your teeth looking yellow KoR deep bleaching treatments can restore teeth to their natural whiteness. Unlike store-bought products, KoR delivers impressive results with their patented method of whitening.

Dental Crowns – Although their initial function is restorative, dental crowns are a gorgeous way to cover, protect, and restore the beauty of a damaged tooth. They are most often used to fix a tooth with pervasive decay or structural damage, they can also be used on badly eroded teeth or teeth with deep cracks.

Porcelain Veneers – This comprehensive cosmetic treatment delivers a brand-new smile, as it lets you redesign the shape, color, texture, and size of each tooth. Extremely thin, natural-looking veneers are permanently bonded to the teeth to makeover your smile into whatever appearance you prefer.

Composite Bonding and Contouring – As the ideal treatment for correcting one or two teeth, bonding and contouring can give you a new surface to cover and protect teeth with chips, dents, intrinsic stains, or thinning enamel.

Dr. Gary Nack serves patients in the 18966 and surrounding zip codes; call our Holland, PA dental office at 215-364-6540 for a cosmetic consultation. We can’t wait to help you take years off your smile!

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