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Age Change #3--Crooked Teeth

Posted Sep 11 2008 5:53pm

Why-- €”Over time teeth change positions far more than most people realize €”the changes occur slowly! Fewer than 10% of us have teeth in the same position in our fifties as we did in our twenties. Typically teeth want to more forward which often results in crowding of the front teeth. If bone loss or gum disease is present the teeth may splay outward leaving gaps between the teeth. Missing teeth cause adjacent or opposing teeth to shift into the open area.

How it Ages You- As your teeth move, less support is given to the checks and lips creating a hollowed and gaunt appearance. Again, this often socially relegates the person to a lower perceived socioeconomic status and degree of success.

How to fix it- You have two choices--€”braces or veneers. Many people who are not thrilled by the idea of conventional braces (wires and brackets), are choosing Invisalign treatment. With Invisalign, thin (about 0.3 mm) treatment aligners are worn daily for 6 to 24 months, depending on the severity of malocclusion. The big advantages over conventional braces are that they are 1) nearly invisible 2) removable for social occasions 3) produce almost no change in speech 4) is easy to keep the teeth and appliances clean. They are barely noticeable--€”even from a few feet away.

Porcelain veneers or c osmetic porcelain crowns have the advantage of fixing the problems almost within a period of a couple of weeks. They also replace old restorations and allow an instant and permanent color change of the tooth. They may be costly and in some cases require an alteration of tooth structure.

See our photo gallery for more information on veneers, cosmetics, and gum lifts

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