Visit Your Dentists in Ithaca to Keep Your Smile Happy, Healthy, and Young!
Everything changes with time. Where we tend to notice this the most in on our own body. Aging may bring with it a number of memories and new skills, it also brings some changes we may not like. The occasional joint pain or a few laugh lines around the eyes may not be very concerning. However, when changes occur in the smile, the perception of age may increase substantially. It has been said that the smile alone can make a 10-year difference one way or the other. Which end of the age spectrum is your smile taking you? As one of the most experienced dentists in Ithaca, Dr. Comisi knows how to address the common ways that the smile may age.
Each person has a naturally unique shade of enamel. Not everyone sprouts permanent teeth in the most brilliant white. From your personal starting point, your teeth may gradually lose their shine. Enamel may turn dull, then yellow. Then your face will look older than you really are. That's just how we humans subconsciously measure aspects of a person's character. Discoloration most often occurs throughout the teen and adult years, as particles of various foods get stuck inside the pores in enamel. Another issue, though, is tooth erosion. This is the result of acidity from various foods, like coffee and even vinegar-type salad dressing. Erosion makes it easier for molecules from food to get deposited in enamel, and it can also make teeth appear yellow due to the visibility of underlying dentin.
Like the color of teeth, their length has also long been a measurement of age. Teeth are not really longer; it's just that more of the tooth structure shows when gum tissue recedes. Research reflects that gum recession may be a bigger problem than people imagine, affecting nearly 40% of thirty-somethings.
Lack of Support
When permanent teeth are no longer present, it is more than the ability to chew that is adversely affected. Teeth are important to the jawbone, too, and the lower part of the face. Actually, it is roots that are the important structures. Roots are what send stimulation into the jawbone to cause it to regenerate; to remain stable and dense. Without the transfer of stimulation from roots, bone breaks down. Eventually, the lips, chin, cheeks, and nose all begin to sink in without the support of the jaw.
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