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ANTI AGEING COSMETIC DENTISTRY TREATMENT MELBOURNE

Looking older than you feel?

Are you unhappy about the changes in the shape of your face as you have grown older? Many people accept that their face will change as they age, but may not be aware that this has a lot to do with their teeth.

Just because your face seems to sag or lose shape doesn’t mean that it cannot be reversed as dental technology can help to give you a much needed ‘facial update’ by concentrating on what has gone wrong with your teeth.

Many people are living longer and leading more active lives well into old age. It’s no surprise that many older people feel younger than they look and want to look how they feel

Smiling with confidence makes you feel great. A beautiful smile is also an important social and professional asset. Yet there are many people who avoid showing their teeth in public or in photographs because they don’t like what they see. If that describes you, then why not start the process of getting the smile you’ve always wanted with a smile makeover?

The teeth-tweakments that will make you look instantly younger

If you are unhappy with sagging facial tissues, you may be considering your facelift options. Surgical facelifts can attempt to restore your youthful appearance by cutting, stretching, and re-positioning your facial tissues. The problem with facelift surgery is that your facial tissues are just responding to changes in your mouth and jaw that help to shape your face.

Often the best way to rejuvenate your appearance is to restore those underlying structures so that your teeth and bones are back in the position they once occupied with a non-surgical facelift from a dentist. With a  Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help you get a more youthful facial appearance by restoring a more youthful dental structure. This is described in detail below, but the best way to learn if it is right for you is to get an evaluation by a dentist.

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Anti-Aging Dentistry: Your Long-Lasting, Non-Surgical Facelift

The hands of time can be unfair, making you look older than you truly are or are at heart.

Cosmetic procedures like Botox® and lip injections can help you restore your youthful appearance, but only temporarily. These require repeat treatments, quickly adding up in costs.

If you wanted to reverse signs of aging permanently, you would have to undergo plastic surgery…

That is, until now!

With anti-aging dentistry, you can get a facelift without surgery and takes years off your appearance.

So, what is this too-good-to-be-true treatment?

Let’s find out!

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What is anti-aging dentistry?

First, let’s understand the ways your smile changes as you age:

  • Gums recede
  • Teeth yellow
  • You lose teeth
  • Teeth shift
  • Teeth wear down
  • Outdated dental work needs replacing
  • Lose bone mass
  • Less saliva = more dental problems

Your teeth are the foundation for your face. When that foundation begins to crumble, it creates a ripple effect on the rest of your face, such as lips sagging, fine lines appearing, a sunk-in look, etc.

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How does anti-aging dentistry make you look younger?

Anti-aging dentistry uses cosmetic dental procedures to change the way your teeth support your facial structure and give you a younger-looking smile. It’s a non-surgical facelift with long-lasting results! Some anti-aging dentistry procedures could include:

  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Same-Day Crowns
  • Bonding
  • Non-Metal Fillings
  • Dental Implants
  • Teeth Whitening

Your treatment plan may consist of one or more of the above, depending on your unique case.

How do these treatments change your face?

A lot of people’s teeth shorten as they age from years of grinding and wear. By changing the dimensions of your teeth (often lengthening them with veneers), you can:

  • Say “goodbye” to that sagged or double chin
  • Lift your cheeks
  • Eliminate that hollow look
  • Fill out fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve your lips

Another problem with aging is losing teeth to decay or gum disease. Replacing a missing tooth will help:

  • Preserve bone structure to support your face
  • Restore your smile’s health and function
  • Keep your surrounding teeth in place
  • Boost your confidence to smile more (smiling is a sign of youthfulness)

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What is a Non-Surgical Facelift?

If you are unhappy with sagging facial tissues, you may be considering your facelift options. Surgical facelifts can attempt to restore your youthful appearance by cutting, stretching, and re-positioning your facial tissues. The problem with facelift surgery is that your facial tissues are just responding to changes in your mouth and jaw that help to shape your face.

Often the best way to rejuvenate your appearance is to restore those underlying structures so that your teeth and bones are back in the position they once occupied with a non-surgical facelift from a dentist. With a  Cosmetic & Comprehensive Dentistry, we can help you get a more youthful facial appearance by restoring a more youthful dental structure. This is described in detail below, but the best way to learn if it is right for you is to get an evaluation by a dentist.

Your Facial Appearance Depends on Your Mouth

Your mouth is a central feature in your facial appearance not only because your smile is one of the first things people notice about you, but because it provides the framework on which your facial appearance is built. When your facial appearance is first developing, your teeth, skull, and jaw all grow together.

Ideally, they create a harmonious structure that gives you an optimal facial appearance. However, with age your teeth can become worn, lost, or move out of position. The result is not just changes to your smile, but changes to your facial shape and proportion.

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Am I a Candidate for a Non-Surgical Facelift?

Non-surgical facelift dental services focus on restoring your smile so that areas that have become sunken or hollow can be corrected naturally, rather than by pulling or cutting the skin with a surgical facelift. The problems that can be addressed involve missing teeth, teeth that have ground down over time, TMJ problems, uncorrected bite issues, and more. It’s amazing how the underlying jaw structure, once in alignment and supported by full teeth and prostheses, can return fullness to the face naturally.

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What are the Benefits of a Non-Surgical Facelift?

The goal of a surgical facelift will often be correcting sunken cheeks, depressed areas around the mouth, hanging jowls, and other signs of aging. But surgical facelifts involve extensive recovery, and they involve the risks inherent in major invasive surgery. Plus, we’ve all seen instances of botched surgical facelifts, where the patient’s face now simply looks stretched and taut.

What if you could use dental techniques, such as placing crowns, replacing lost teeth with implants or bridges, adjusting misaligned jaws, or straightening teeth, to achieve many of the same facial rejuvenation? That’s what a non-surgical facelift  can achieve.

  • When the teeth are restored, many wrinkles and sunken areas disappear as they have support behind them in the dental structure.
  • Restored teeth help to return length to the face, making it less round and less flattened.
  • When the jaw is properly positioned, the jawline is enhanced. This can correct a “weak” chin due to an overbite, or an underbite.

All of this can be achieved by restoring facets of your dental health and structure. Isn’t that a better, natural way, to achieve a more youthful-looking face?

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How Non-Surgical Facelifts Work

Non-surgical facelifts work by restoring your teeth and mouth to their former state to improve your facial appearance. If you have lost teeth, your face will lose length, becoming more flattened and round. Your cheeks and lips may become sunken. Typical dentures may not help much because they do not stay in place to fill the role your lost teeth performed. Properly fitted dentures, on the other hand, can restore your facial appearance.

Even if you haven’t lost teeth, chipped, cracked, or crooked teeth can cause your jaw to move out of alignment. Your jaw can also be moved out of place by injury or a concussive jolt. Poorly positioned jaws can give you the appearance of a receding chin (which can make your nose look large) or crooked jaw. 

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How is a non-surgical facelift performed?

These can be a variety of treatments, depending upon the patient. Your facial appearance and your oral structure are intricately linked. That’s why issues such as a misaligned jaw or worn teeth can impact your facial appearance, usually making you look older.

We  examines you during your consultation or to begin your treatments, we’ll weigh what issues are causing problems. There can be many treatment paths. These are some of the possibilities

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Is a non-surgical facelift painful?

Thanks to modern local anesthesia, these procedures are. Afterwards there can be some slight soreness, but it is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

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Are Non-Surgical Facelifts Safe?

These are dental procedures and have been performed countless times over the decades. They are safe. Placing a crown or a dental implant are common dental procedures. When you compare these procedures to the risks involved with a surgical facelift, everything from a reaction to general anaesthesia to poor wound healing, there really isn’t any comparison to the natural results provided by a non-surgical dental facelift

What is recovery like for a non-surgical facelift?

Recovery from these cosmetic dentistry procedures, TMJ treatment, possible orthodontics, and other treatments involved with a non-surgical facelift is not difficult. Most procedures involve little if any residual pain. None of them require any downtime.

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Does insurance cover non-surgical facelifts?

Some aspects of these treatments can be covered by your dental insurance and some are not covered. It depends if your insurance company deems the procedure to be cosmetic, rather than structural or necessary. We work with your insurance carrier to garner the most coverage possible.

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Who needs a non-surgical facelift?

You will no doubt notice that your face has changed shape over the years but may not be aware how this can be linked to what is happening or what has happened to your teeth. When teeth go missing or have grown in ways that have meant they have become too close together or too far apart, then it can make the shape of your face seem unnatural. You may also have noticed other signs of aging too – your teeth may have started to appear longer as your gums recede or they are beginning to look yellower or discoloured.

These are all signs that can point you towards the benefits of dental treatments to influence the shape of your face. Many of these defects can be sorted out with modern dentistry techniques that we offer, that are no longer painful and far less invasive than you might have thought.

Reversing the look of aging can be easier than you think

We will look closely at your teeth and discuss with you what might help to improve your facial shape and reverse some of those changes that have become a bit too obvious. The procedures suggested will depend on your individual circumstances but may be a combination of simple dental techniques.
The most commonly recommended non-surgical facelift techniques which will make a difference to your face shape will be using porcelain veneer, dental implantsbridges or crowns when you have missing teeth or there are noticeable gaps in your teeth.

When teeth have become too overcrowded, we may recommend arch widening with the help of special inserts, a bit like braces. These are far less conspicuous than the sort of appliances you may remember from your childhood, even those made from metal.

At the same time, you may choose to have any noticeable blemishes in the appearance of your teeth like chips or cracks or discoloration repaired or removed with the help of veneers, bonding and teeth whitening gels such as zoom gel.

Give your face the special facelift it deserves today

Here at our office, we take particular pleasure in making people feel happier about the way they feel about themselves.

We believe that everyone’s overall health is improved by a boost to one’s own self-confidence and self-esteem.

When your face appears to be looking too old for your age because of the condition of your teeth, you can be reassured that it can be fixed. Your first step on the road to giving your face a bit of special treatment may be arranging a visit to our office to ask about whether a  non-surgical facelift is right for you.

 

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Anti-aging Dental Intervention

Our thoughts on teeth and aging typically begin and end at colour. A white smile is youthful, so we bleach our teeth. But there’s a wide world of so-called anti-aging dental interventions out there. From simple restorations to full mouth reconstructions, dentists can often manipulate the size, shape and arrangement of teeth to subtract years from a face.

To understand how it works, imagine someone with no teeth (“edentulous” in dentist lingo) — your grandpa without his dentures. Without the support of his teeth, his mouth collapses onto itself. The lower portion of his face shrinks. Now imagine grandpa pops in his dentures. His face fills out. He doesn’t look young, but certainly less old.

Grandpa is an extreme example, but this loss of support and subsequent facial “shrinkage” (what the experts call it) doesn’t occur only in the toothless, because teeth gradually change shape throughout adulthood.

The people who really connect to this idea — that your teeth impact how old your face looks — are those who don’t have teeth. When people have a full complement of teeth, they’re not associating loss of tooth structure with the aging they see when they look in the mirror.

Wait, what? My teeth are changing shape?

As we age, our faces lose volume in both the soft tissue (fat and skin) and bone — our eye sockets get larger, the bones of our forehead and jaw recede. Our teeth lose volume, too. The cheeks and lips are supported by the teeth and jaw, so their size and shape have an impact on the overall shape of the face.

Support to soft tissue of the face will decrease with age, and this is how facial collapse occurs slowly with time.

Smiles lose volume following two main patterns. Teeth, especially those in the back, get flatter and shorter because of the regular wear of chewing, which is accelerated by grinding and clenching. Shorter teeth mean a shorter face. The bite is collapsed, the lower jaw is squished into the upper jaw. The result is an aging look (again, picture grandpa).

Second, teeth get pushed inward over time by the jaw muscles. Clenching exacerbates the problem because clenched muscles exert even more inward force on the teeth.

As a result, the smile (or arch) becomes narrower, offering less support to the cheeks and skin. You’ll perceive this narrowing as facial hollowing around the cheeks and a flattening, or curling in, of the lips.

So how can dental work help?

Every set of teeth is unique, but generally Invisalign clear aligners are used to move teeth outward, broadening a smile that has narrowed. Think of the narrow arch being V-shaped, with the tip of the V being in the front, and the teeth then moving to an ideal U shape over time with aligners.Some cases might need other appliances to expand the palate as well.

Tooth height is typically corrected by shape and height restorations. Invisalign can correct the vertical part of the problem, too, if the teeth are tipped forward or back.

No one ever comes in complaining about their face and thinking their teeth are responsible. Some know that their mouth is pretty beat up, and they need a reconstruction of their bite, but they’re not aware of how it can transform facial features.

And how do I know if dental work could help my face?

If you’ve gotten fillers but think the area below your cheekbones is still deflated, see a dentist. Patients will come in with lines around the lips, the kind that form when the lip starts to collapse. Building up the smile provides a framework for the lips that can lessen the amount of filler patients want or need.

Dental work and dermatology complement each other. Dental work won’t do anything for the skin itself, elasticity or fine lines. You still need a dermatologist or plastic surgeon for that. But it can help with the height and projection of the face, which preserves a youthful appearance.

In other words, dental intervention isn’t a face-lift — more like a baby lift. The results will be subtle, but a lot of times subtle is exactly what you want.

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Smile Rejuvenation Procedures

 While there are a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures to transform and rejuvenate the smile, our highly-trained dentists will design the perfect treatment plan for your particular needs. We respect the individuality of our patients, so some of the most common treatments we offer are:

How Tooth Changes Affect Your Facial Appearance

As we grew up, our teeth and facial tissues matured together. And when we reached our optimal youthful appearance, these tissues were in balance. The skin, muscles, and other facial tissues developed precisely to cover the teeth and jaws in a natural way.

But the balance was not to last. As we get older, our teeth naturally get worn down. Sometimes teeth are even lost. And our jawbone also loses mass, naturally too.

When the teeth and jawbones shrink but the skin and other tissues remain as they matured, the balance between soft tissue and supporting hard tissue changes. This creates many effects that we associate with an aged appearance, including:

  • Thin, compressed lips
  • Lipstick lines (wrinkles emanating out from the mouth)
  • Nasolabial folds (parentheses lines around the mouth)
  • Collapsed cheeks
  • Jowls
  • Crease between lips and chin
  • Turkey neck
  • Poorly defined jawline

Overall, the face develops an appearance of sagging as the balance tips toward having more skin than the facial structure can support. This is described as the concertina effect, and it’s only now being rediscovered by plastic surgeons who realize that their surgical facelift techniques can’t truly rejuvenate your facial appearance.

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Benefits of Smile Rejuvenation for a Non-surgical Dental Facelift

 Smiling with confidence makes you feel great. A beautiful smile is also an important social and professional asset. Yet there are many people who avoid showing their teeth in public or in photographs because they don’t like what they see. If that describes you, then why not start the process of getting the smile you’ve always wanted with a smile makeover?

A smile makeover goes beyond simply responding to dental problems as they arise. It’s a comprehensive smile-rejuvenation plan that’s uniquely suited to your own facial features and aesthetic preferences. The results can be quite dramatic — both in terms of how your will look and how you will feel. These are the major steps involved

Don’t you know too that with Smile rejuvenation,we may also take years off a patient’s appearance. Now we can rejuvenate smiles and achieve age-minimizing results similar to a facelift!

Missing or worn-down teeth can cause the lower portions of the face to shrink, leading to a sunken appearance, and receded jaw and chin. Restoring and replacing damaged or lost teeth can improve bite and jaw alignment, giving support to the face and providing a “lift” to sunken features. This non-surgical dental facelift adds length to the lower face and achieves a more pronounced jaw line; it can even reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.

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How a Smile Makeover Can Rejuvenate Your Face

If your facial appearance has been impacted by tooth wear, restoring your teeth to their youthful proportions with a smile makeover will dramatically turn back the clock. Balance will be restored between your soft tissue and the hard tissues that support them.

Cheek fat pads that used to hang below your jaw as jowls will be cheeks again. And they’ll be supported better by your teeth so they won’t look sunken anymore. Lips will also be better supported, so they’ll be more voluptuous and you’ll see fewer wrinkles around them. Your jawline will be well defined again, and you’ll have less hanging skin under your chin as it grows more taut around your restored facial proportions.

Since losing your teeth has the most impact on your facial appearance, replacing them can have the most dramatic rejuvenating effect.

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