Posts for: November, 2017
If you’ve ever looked at younger photos of yourself, you’re sure to notice differences with your present appearance. Of course, your basic features might appear much the same. But maybe your lips seemed a little thicker back then, or your nose a bit less prominent.
This is because your facial features don’t stop growing when you reach adulthood—they continue to change throughout your life. For example, lips reach their maximum thickness by around age 14 for girls or age 16 for boys; they’ll remain at that level of thickness for a few years before gradually thinning throughout adulthood. The nose will also continue to grow, becoming more prominent especially as changes in the lower part of the face can make the chin appear shorter.
Although each of us ages at different rates and in different ways, these general physical trends are somewhat predictable. That’s why we can use the knowledge of how our facial physiology changes with age to fine tune orthodontic or other cosmetic dental treatments. The most optimum approach is to consider treatment in the early stages of bite development during childhood or early adolescence.
This means we’re doing more than correcting a patient’s current bite: we’re also taking into account how tooth movement now might affect the jaw and facial structures later in life. By incorporating our understanding of age-related changes into our treatment we might be able to provide some hedge against the effects of aging.
This approach starts with early comprehensive dental care, preferably before a child’s first birthday, and an orthodontic evaluation at around age 6 to assess bite development. It may also be necessary to initiate interceptive treatment at an early age to lessen or even eliminate a growing bite problem to help ease the extent of future treatment. And if a bite requires correction, early evaluation can help create a timetable for effective treatment in later years.
Taking this approach can correct problems now affecting both dental health and appearance. But by acknowledging the aging process in our treatments, we can build the foundation for a beautiful smile well into the future.
What your dentist in Salem, OR wants you to know
Are you missing teeth? If you are, you probably don’t smile as much as you used to. You may have lost your self-confidence. If you have been living with an incomplete smile, it’s time to think about dental implants. When you choose dental implants, you are choosing the most natural-looking tooth replacement available. Dr. Igor Sitnik at Sitnik Dental in Salem, OR wants to share how dental implants can complete your smile.
Dental implants are placed during a simple in-office procedure, usually requiring only local anesthetic. The implant screw is made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your bone can fuse with. After placement, your bone grows around the implant, locking it firmly in place. After the implant area has healed, Dr. Sitnik will cap the implant screw with a beautiful implant crown.
Whether you are missing just one tooth, or several teeth, dental implants can complete your smile. In addition to the natural, beautiful appearance of dental implants, there are many other benefits. Consider that dental implants are:
- Completely stable; they are a permanent part of your smile and won’t move around the way dental appliances can.
- Completely healthy; you brush and floss implants just like your natural teeth.
- Completely convenient; you never take implants out, unlike dental appliances.
Your dental implants also resist staining, and they will never decay. You can count on dental implants because they have a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s the highest of any surgical implant!
You can also use dental implants to provide a strong foundation for a denture, called an overdenture. The dental implants will help preserve bone and keep the denture firmly in place.
It’s time to think about completing your smile with dental implants. For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, call Dr. Igor Sitnik at Sitnik Dental in Salem, OR. Achieve the smile you deserve by calling today!