It’s fair to say that most of us care about how we look. We live in an image-conscious society, where how we look can sometimes be as important as what we can do. Part of looking good is looking as youthful as possible – 50 is the new 35, 60 the new 40 and so on.
People can spend a lot of money on clothes and hair and keeping fit, but there are a few parts of the body that can give away our real age, and one of those is our teeth.
What happens to your teeth over the years?
Thanks to the advances in dentistry in the past few decades, it is now not impossible for people to retain all their teeth into their 50s, 60s and beyond. Yes, you may still have all your teeth, but they are now several decades old and will have seen quite bit of action. All that biting and chewing will have had an impact on your teeth. Remember when they first came through when you were a kid, how your 2 front top teeth almost had little ridges along the bottom edge and were rounded at the corners?
Teeth can also get worn where we brush them all the time; we call this type of wearing erosion and it can mean that the enamel gets thinner and the yellow dentine below starts to show through, which is why old age is associated with yellower teeth.
Chips are not uncommon in teeth that have been around for a while. Maybe they are signs of a sports injury, or the tooth was chipped when you bit down on something hard like an olive stone.
Whatever the cause, at Dental FX we can repair worn and chipped teeth using tried and tested methods.
If the broken tooth is near the back of your mouth, we can mend it with tooth-coloured composite, the stuff we use for white fillings. If it’s a really big bit that’s broken off, we’d do better to use a crown, as this will also strengthen the tooth.
At the front of your mouth, you might prefer to go for veneers, which are porcelain sheaths that are fixed over the front surfaces of the teeth.