Did you know that the first plastic surgical society in the US required its members be experts in oral surgery as well as plastic surgery? That’s because they knew that the appearance of your face depends heavily on the support of your teeth and jaws. Unfortunately, modern plastic surgeons seem to have forgotten this lesson and don’t realize the potential rejuvenating power of a smile makeover. It can act as a nonsurgical facelift, making you look dramatically younger while retaining your natural appearance.
If you are unhappy with signs of aging in the lower third of your face, you may benefit from a nonsurgical facelift. To learn how a cosmetic dentist can rejuvenate your appearance, please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with Dr. Kent E. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry in Nashville, TN.
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
- 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.
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, dentures like FOY ® Dentures can have the most dramatic rejuvenating effect.
Benefits of Rejuvenating with a Smile Makeover
Facelift surgery doesn’t work by restoring your facial proportions. Instead, plastic surgeons act as if you had “excess” skin in your face. They cut away this excess and stretch your skin until it’s tight over your reduced bones and teeth. This can significantly alter your facial appearance, and you may not look like yourself anymore. But by working with your teeth, we can rejuvenate your face by restoring your natural proportions. You will look like you, just younger.
In addition, you can avoid problems related to surgical facelifts, such as:
- Long recovery time
- Missed work
- Surgical complications
With a smile makeover, you can get your facial appearance rejuvenated without any of those problems or risks. While a facelift may require up to a month of recovery, you won’t miss more than a day of work from your smile makeover.
Plus, you’ll have a bright, beautiful smile again, and that will also help you look younger.
Do you want to learn more about the benefits of a nonsurgical facelift? Please call (615) 383-6787 today for an appointment with Nashville, TN cosmetic dentist Dr. Kent E. White at the Center for Advanced Dentistry.