Aging is a normal part of life, but sometimes the outward signs of aging can crop up unexpectedly. Some people worry about wrinkles, while others worry about grey hair—but have you ever considered how your dental health affects how old you look? Your smile may continue to be charming no matter how old you are, but the way your teeth and gums look can greatly impact how old you appear to be. Keep reading to learn how maintaining your dental health can help you look younger.

Straight Teeth

Straight, white teeth are a sign of youthfulness, but teeth can shift and change as the years go on. Even if you had orthodontic treatment earlier in life, your teeth may start to move again as you get older. Instead of resigning yourself to having crooked teeth for the rest of your life, consider how cosmetic dentistry can help you regain a youthful look. You don’t have to get braces again, necessarily; porcelain veneers can help correct teeth that are gapped, chipped, cracked, or misaligned. Veneers can also improve the color of your teeth for an even more youthful appearance.

White Teeth

There are many reasons that teeth become discolored, from genetics to diet to lifestyle choices such as smoking. If your teeth have darkened or yellowed over the years, they could be making you look older than you actually are. Make sure you brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to remove surface stains and plaque that can cause discoloration. Talk to your dentist about your options for tooth whitening if brushing doesn’t seem to be helping. White teeth can help make you look younger, and will give you a reason to smile.

Missing Teeth

If you are missing one or more permanent teeth, you’re not alone. Many adults lose teeth due to injury or decay, but you can replace these teeth with dental implants or dentures. Your face can start to shift and sink when there are not dental structures to support it, so ask your dentist what you can do to prevent this.

Everyone should be able to be proud of their smile, no matter how old you are. Call Tucson dentist Robert C. Brei, DDS at (520) 325-9000 to find out how our dental team can help you regain your youthful appearance. Dr. Brei offers general and cosmetic dentistry services so you can look and feel your best.