Your smile can say a lot of things about you — you’re happy, you’re confident, you’re professional, you’re… old? Nobody wants people to think that, but the unfortunate truth is, your smile may be aging you in the eyes of others. At my dental office in Alexandria, we hear many patients express concern over the appearance of their teeth and how some aspects of their smile make them look older than they really are. But thanks to modern dentistry, there are several treatments available to remedy any dental concern.
Everyone wants a bright, white smile. But sometimes lifestyle factors like smoking, beverage choices like coffee and red wine, or old, metal dental work can keep someone from having pearly whites that are, well, pearly white. No matter what the reason is behind the discoloration, there’s a solution. Treatment options include:
Teeth that are longer in appearance are usually a result of gum recession. Gum recession is typically a result of brushing too hard, gum disease, or grinding and clenching. When the gums recede, parts of the teeth that are usually hidden under the gum line become visible, causing them to look longer, and, in turn, the person look older. Some common solutions from your Alexandria dentist may include:
As we age, our tooth enamel is constantly exposed to different elements and can become weakened. When this happens, the teeth are more susceptible to damage like chips and cracks. But don’t worry, advancements in dental technology allow for virtually undetectable restorations like:
If you’re concerned that your smile may be aging you, give my Alexandria dental office a call to schedule an appointment today. We’ll identify your specific areas of concern and determine the most appropriate solution for you.
Accepting patients from Alexandria, Old Town, Del Ray, Potomac Yard.