YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE = YOUTHFUL EXPERIENCE
From biology to sociology, studies show that appearing youthful has a positive impact on lives.
Scientific studies show that it’s embedded in our DNA to search for young, healthy mates. A healthy smile brings more positive subconscious interactions triggered by our biological make ups.
Western society is structured around capitalism which links people to their economic worth. Young people are seen as having more years and vigor for work, so a youthful smile brings a subliminal professional advantage.
Academic studies have shown that youthful looking people enjoy increased social favor and benefits, including romantic attraction, professional success and friendships.
Smiles are one of the first things we notice about each other. A healthy and attractive smile can make us look and feel as young as we want.
“ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY IS THE NEXT PHASE OF PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY. IT INCLUDES ALL THE TOOLS WE POSSESS IN MODERN DENTISTRY PLUS NEW TECHNIQUES TO PREVENT — AND IN SOME CASES REVERSE — THE EFFECTS OF TIME ON OUR TEETH AND SURROUNDING TISSUES.”
— DR. FILS-AIMÉ
THE FOUR PILLARS OF ANTI-AGING DENTISTRY
Our first goal is prevention. We teach our patients how to minimize the accumulation of plaque and calculus to ensure the continued health of teeth, gums and bones. By using techniques that break up the dental biofilm, we can now delay what was previously thought of as the inevitable deterioration of the tooth structure.
Once destruction has begun to takes place, we can still slow down its progression or even put a stop to it. This includes procedures that repair damage from bad dental habits, genetics, or the natural aging process. New products now allow us to restore the integrity of the tooth enamel and in some cases reverse early stage cavities. Minimally invasive dentistry is an entirely new concept, with the goal being only treating the affected portion of the tooth.
Often beauty is just a matter of enhancing what we already have. In addition to fine tuning the size, volume, and length and of teeth, one of the most effective ways to restore vitality to a smile is to increase brightness through bleaching, or by replacing older fillings with more natural restorations.
Inevitably, we all age and the result can be oral pain and sensitivity — conditions that exacerbate and accelerate the aging process of the teeth. There are new products that can now be used at home to help with these conditions. We also coach our patients on how to offset poor dietary and corporeal habits that can cause painful damage.
EROSION BY THE NUMBERS
At what age does tooth wear start to show? A study done by Dr. J.H. Dunn showed evidence of wear as early as adolescence. Tooth deterioration is a natural process of aging, but it can be slowed or prevented. There are 4 types of erosion that we pay attention to in our exams: erosion (chemical wear), attrition, (biological wear), abrasion (mechanical wear) and abfraction (traumatic damage).
% OF INDIVIDUALS SHOWING EVIDENCE OF TOOTH WEAR
Source: European Journal of Oral Sciences, October 2007.