Like your eyes, your teeth can reveal a lot about you. For example, did you know that having white teeth can make you look about five years younger? The unfortunate news is that as we age, our teeth appear darker, which can, to an extent, give away our ages. The good news is that taking good care of your teeth and having them whitened by our dentist at Hancock Village Dental in Clermont can give you a more youthful smile.
What Do Your Teeth Reveal About You?
When we first meet people, they form a subconscious opinion about us in less than a second. If you smile and show your teeth, part of that subconscious opinion also involves the condition of your teeth.
You Have Short Teeth with Square Edges
Older individuals tend to have shorter teeth with square edges. This is primarily due to wear and tear and minor teeth grinding. It can also be caused by certain physical and mental health issues, like acid reflux and bulimia. By contrast, younger individuals tend to have longer teeth with rounded edges. The good news is that veneers and crowns can help improve the appearance of very short teeth and small teeth so that you can improve the appearance of your smile and look younger.
You Have Dark or Stained Teeth
Dark and stained teeth can make you appear older than you are or give away your age. This is because as we age, our teeth tend to become darker by the beverages and foods that we consume. We are more likely to get teeth staining from coffee, tea, and berries. If you eat or drink foods that are known to cause stains, our dentist recommends drinking a glass of water or rinsing your mouth with water to remove the food particles. When you consume stain-causing drinks, it’s always best to use a straw to prevent the liquid from coming into contact with your front teeth.
All Your Teeth Are the Same Length
When our teeth first erupt, they vary in length. For most individuals, this means that your two front upper teeth may be longer than the rest of your teeth, and your canines are also typically longer than the surrounding teeth. When all the teeth are the same length, it can mean that you’ve had years of unmanaged bruxism, which is teeth grinding that occurs either at night or during the day. If you have a sore jaw or a headache in the morning, it can mean that you grind your teeth while you sleep. The good news is that a custom-fitted mouthguard from our dentist in Clermont can help prevent further damage to your teeth from bruxism.
Improving and maintaining the appearance of your teeth as you age starts with great at-home oral hygiene. If you are concerned about staining from the foods and beverages you consume, you may want to switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes rotate and vibrate at a much faster rate than you could brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush, which means they have a better chance of keeping stains at bay between dental appointments.
Improving the Appearance of Your Teeth with Help From Our Clermont Dentist
The next step is to make sure you are getting twice a year dental cleaning at our family dentistry in Clermont. Getting frequent dental cleanings helps remove dark stains that cannot be removed with at-home brushing, and they help remove tartar from your teeth and along your gumline, which can cause yellow and brown staining as well as lead to gum diseases, like gingivitis and periodontal disease.
If at-home and professional teeth cleanings do not improve the appearance of your teeth, professional teeth whitening from our Clermont dentist can increase the whiteness of your teeth by several shades sp that you can look younger and love your smile.
To schedule an appointment to learn more about our teeth whitening procedures and teeth replacement options, contact us online or give our Clermont dental office a call at 352-989-5815.