With aging comes tooth decay and tooth loss, which results in a decrease in facial height between the chin and nose. Absent and worn down teeth causes the jaw to become smaller, making the mouth appear more collapsed. Consequently, vertical lines form around the mouth, adding unnecessary years onto your age.
But wait, there’s more. These changes in your teeth and mouth also trigger an effect on the rest of your face. With less facial tension, the jawline slackens, cheeks flatten, and wrinkles form around the forehead and eyes.
What Can Dentists Do About This?
A typical dentist will use crowns and fillings for a patient’s needs. However, a dentist who practices face lift dentistry will reshape and restore lost and worn down teeth, in order to rebuild facial muscles and retighten the skin. Lips will appear fuller and wrinkles will be smoothed out as the face is lengthened. You will look younger, all without undergoing painful surgery or injections.
What’s The Catch?
As with any procedure, there are precautions to take. Before undergoing facelift dentistry, you must make sure that your oral health is in order. Imbalanced jaws, weak facial muscles or a habit of teeth grinding can produce results that aren’t as ideal. In addition, the procedure itself will involve irreversibly grinding your natural teeth, and outcomes can be unfavorable for your lips and cheeks if you have a bad bite or missing teeth. The procedure can cost thousands of dollars, up to $20,000 for a full rebuilding, so think thoroughly before committing to it.
What Are Some Other Benefits?
• No surgery means no painful recovery
• Healthier teeth
• Better bite and enhanced speech
• No continuous injections of Botox or Restylane
Not only will your face appear younger with fuller lips and less wrinkles, but your bite will be better too. After the dentist reconstructs your bite to compliment your jaw, you will be able to chew more efficiently, ultimately resulting in more comfort, less stress, improved speech and more natural facial muscles.
Last, but not least, your overall health will improve as well. By undergoing the dental facelift, your dentist will take care of gum disease, bad crowns and other dental concerns so that your entire oral health is enhanced. Porcelain veneers, crowns and fillings will reverse facial collapse and lengthen your face for a healthier you!
All in all, a dental facelift can be a good alternative to a more expensive and risky traditional facelift. But always remember to consider all available options and see if this is the right one for you.