Simple ways to take years off your smile.


Plastic surgery and Botox may be all the rage, but there are easier ways for almost anyone to look younger and more confident. In honor of Mother’s Day and the official start of summer, we’ve got some suggestions on how dental procedures can brighten your look and keep everyone guessing about your age.

Replace old fillings: Got a mouthful of dark colored fillings? Invest in modern, non-toxic tooth-colored restorations and you’ll not only look younger, you’ll avoid the potential dangers caused by mercury in your mouth. New fillings are less likely to break and crack, so you’ll be better protected against new decay and damage.

Whiten up: Teeth naturally darken with age, and “grown up” beverages like coffee, tea and red wine don’t help. An in-office whitening treatment is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your smile a youthful glow. However, whitening can’t eliminate all stains, such as those caused by medication or damage to the tooth root.

A youthful veneer: If your teeth are chipped, cracked, stained, crooked, misshapen (or all of the above), dental veneers can give you the flawless smile you’ve always wanted. They’re wafer-thin porcelain coverings that fit like ballet slippers over the teeth, and can transform your smile in as little as two visits.

Straighten up your smile: Even if you have naturally straight teeth, your teeth may look a little crooked after several decades. Years of biting, chewing and grinding exert pressure that move teeth out of position, especially on the bottom teeth in the front of your mouth. Facial muscles also change with age, which can lead to crookedness elsewhere. Veneers can help fix these problems, as can Invisalign® orthodontics. See the article below for more about the benefits of orthodontic treatment.

Stop missing your teeth: Tooth loss can make you look and feel old.  Dental implants  not only help you eat, speak, and smile more naturally, they can also keep your smile and mouth intact. Teeth will move around to fill gaps, resulting in a crooked smile and a poor bite. Over time, missing teeth can also lead to bone loss in the jaw, which can give your face a sunken-in appearance. Implants help keep your bone structure in place, while keeping your teeth strong and healthy.

A little cosmetic or restorative dentistry can go a long way toward helping your look and giving you the ageless smile you crave. If you’re interested in learning more, or if you’re thinking about surprising Mom with the gift of a new smile, call 314.487.0333, and be sure to ask about our Mother’s Day special offer.


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