As we age, our teeth lose the whiteness, fullness, and shape associated with youthful and vibrant smiles. The dentists here at West Hills Smiles understand that aging-related imperfections of the teeth can lead to larger, surprising dental health issues. Mike Salekian, DMD and David Sturgeon, DDS, resident doctors of West Hills Smiles near Woodland Hills, CA, offer rejuvenating anti-aging dentistry that can immediately take years off your appearance.
Effects of Aging on Your Teeth
Years of improper biting, night grinding, teeth clenching, discoloring foods, lack of preventative care, and much more have a negative effect on your appearance that gets worse the longer it goes on. The color, shape, and size of your teeth can age people an additional 5-10 years, and Drs. Mike Salekian and David Sturgeon want our patients to know that there are simple treatments in anti-aging dentistry—often completed in just one visit—that can rejuvenate not just your smile, but even the whole shape of your face.
Some wonder how tooth damage can create a look of premature aging. Here are just a few ways:
Your teeth support the shape of your mouth and lips. Patients with teeth that are angled inwards or non-symmetrically can make their lips look thin or uneven.
As we age, our jaws become narrower. This makes our smiles appear less full (think of dark spaces on both sides of the teeth), which is commonly associated with youthful vibrancy.
The inverted v-shaped space between the teeth—known as the incisal embrasures—can change as we age. Typically, the deeper the v here, the more feminine and youthful the smile appears.
Wrinkles around the corners of our mouth can stem from a change in bite. These lines can be filled in by anti-aging dentistry, taking years off the mouth’s appearance.
Similarly, repeated grinding, clenching, or just regular eating over time can diminish the length of our teeth. Short teeth can be painful in some instances and can shorten our bite, shortening the shape of our entire face and making it squarer. People who grind their teeth at night need extra attention to prevent future damage to the teeth; however, most people experience some wearing down of the teeth as they age. Even a few millimeters can make a massive difference in bite and facial structure.
Many consider silver amalgam (which contain mercury) or black fillings to be out-of-style, which leads to extra self-consciousness about one’s smile. Here at West Hills Smiles, we use “biocompatible dentistry” biocompatible dentistry techniques—including tooth-colored fillings—that can replace or act instead of these outdated methods (and without the potentially harmful effects of mercury).
Smile Makeovers in West Hills, CA
These issues and more can be explored during an anti-aging dentistry consultation at West Hills Smiles. We can look at your bite to determine many of your issues and inquire about what you would like to change. Dr. Salekian and Dr. Strugeon both believe that the health of your teeth can improve concurrently with the aesthetics of your smile. After this anti-aging dentistry consultation, we can evaluate for TMJ, oral cancers, occlusal disease, bite misalignments, periodontal disease, dental decay checkup, and can use digital x-rays to verify our findings. Then, we’ll recommend a course of action that we refer to as a smile makeover.
During a smile makeover, the dentists of West Hills Smiles in Woodland Hills, CA will rejuvenate the look of your teeth in the most conservative approach possible (oftentimes in just one visit). The tools at the disposal of West Hills Smiles include:
Porcelain crowns, inlays, and onlays.
Tooth-colored fillings made of biocompatible resins that leave more of your tooth intact than the metal alternatives.
Laser and gum reshaping that can clear away gummy smiles, effectively lengthening the appearance of the teeth.
In rare cases, the use of custom night guards or ClearCorrect invisible braces may be recommended as part of the makeover process.
Full mouth reconstruction that combines any of these procedures in order to dramatically restore your smile to the best it’s ever been.
For more information on any of these anti-aging dentistry procedures, contact our dental office near Woodland Hills, CA today!
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This is THE place to go for your dental needs. You walk in and see their beautiful lobby that has a really big and soothing aquarium. They offer you snacks and drinks and the front desk girls always have a smile on their faces. The rooms are gorgeous! They even have those little cameras that take pictures of your teeth so you can see them (that was helpful because I had a crack on my tooth that I didn’t think it was a big deal until I saw it with the camera, ew!). The doctors are amazing. They didn’t try to sell me any treatment, but told me that their job was to educate me about oral health and my options, so I didn’t feel any pressure to proceed with anything I wasn’t comfortable with. I will come here for the rest of my life!
Just had work done by Dr. Mike Salekian today and was so impressed with how smoothly everything went!!!! I am usually terrified of the dentist (especially the numbing shots) but Dr. Mike was so gentle I honestly didn’t even feel him numbing me. He was very thorough at explaining everything so I felt comfortable the entire time. He is a very compassionate guy and truly cares about his patients. The assistant, Chris, is amazing too!! I highly recommend going to see them for any of your dental needs! You’ll be happy that you did! The front office is very accommodating when it comes to utilizing your insurance and making sure things are good on the financial side.
Recently, I was told I would be seeing a new dentist, Dr. Mike,by the excellent staff at West Hills Smile. After the first visit, I found Dr. Mike incredibly kind and very knowledgeable. We proceed with the treatment plan, and Dr. Mike continuously checked in while he was doing the procedure. Everything went fine, and it felt quick and painless. With the excellent care I received by Dr. Mike and continued support of the already great staff, I recommend this office. In my experience the staff is just as caring and willing to work with you as well. They go above and beyond, and really want to hear from you before a plan is in place, during your visit, and afterward if anything should pop up.
The safety of our employees and patients is our top priority. To mitigate the risks of spreading the virus, all our staff members have been equipped with upgraded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We meticulously disinfect all surfaces and sterilize all tools to make sure that nothing keeps you from maintaining flawless dental hygiene.