tips to keep your smile looking youngWould you like to have a younger looking smile? Most of us see smiling faces as upbeat, attractive, and youthful expressions – and there’s actually a science to it.

Recent research suggests that people tend to view positive expression as a sign of youth, but hiding your damaged or discolored teeth with a neutral expression can make you appear older. In your 30s and early 40s, you can begin to see your smile fade away due to lifestyle habits that wear down teeth over time.

Our Atlanta cosmetic dentistry team has a few tips to help you achieve a younger-looking smile.

Tips for A More Youthful Smile

There are a few ways cosmetic dentistry can help you shave years off of your smile:

Brighten up.

Teeth can yellow over time from years of smoking and drinking, as well as natural staining. Whitening your smile with a natural shade of white is a great way to achieve that toothy grin you desire. Once your smile has been brightened to a healthy, natural white, avoid staining drinks such as red wine or coffee… or rinse with water shortly after you drink.

Swap out metal fillings.

A sure sign of an aging smile is a mouth full of metal crowns or mercury amalgam fillings. A health-conscious approach to a younger smile, tooth-colored composite resin fillings can not only brighten your smile but also alleviate any further breakdown of your tooth. Traditional metal fillings often crack or leak over time, but composite resin bonds with your tooth structure to reinforce the existing tooth.

Consider porcelain veneers.

If you are unhappy with multiple aspects of your aging smile, porcelain veneers may be your solution to turn back the clock. Made out of wafer-thin material, veneers can correct and restore the original structure, function, and appearance of your tooth.

Your New Smile Awaits

Healthy teeth and a bright smile can take years off of your age and give you remarkable confidence. If you’re looking for a way to improve your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can make all the difference in the world. Talk to your dentist about the different ways you can care for your teeth to keep your smile youthful and vibrant.

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