If you’re in your forties or fifties, you probably think of dentistry as the science of drilling and filling. But if you take a careful look at the dental office on your next visit, you’ll notice that a lot more time is being spent on the look of teeth than ever before. With modern dental care, teeth are staying healthier longer, and cosmetic techniques are getting faster, better and less expensive. That explains why a lot of people in their fifties and older are investing in aesthetically enhanced smiles. Many of them are finding that altering the shape, color or position of teeth not only improves appearance and function, but also the way they feel about themselves.
There are a number of cosmetic services to consider. Bonding and contouring can deal with deep-rooted stains or patch up small cracks or chips and can even fill gaps and reshape teeth. Whitening can give just about anyone a brighter, whiter smile. For teeth that are extensively discolored or chipped, veneers or crowns can restore teeth to their original shape, function, and look. If your smile is suffering because of missing teeth, implants may be the answer. For teeth that are crooked, orthodontics may be the answer. Their popularity explains why more than 40% of orthodontic patients are over 18.
More people than ever before are realizing that it’s never too late for the perfect smile!