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Teeth, Skin, and Facial Aging
Our teeth and jaws play a major role in the development of our facial appearance. Basically, your jaw grows to accommodate your teeth, and together your teeth and jaw provide the structure for the lower third of your face.
As we age, many components of our face change. Our body can lose or gain fat in the face. The skin loses elasticity, so it begins to sag and fold. Some of the supportive tissue can also lose its elasticity, creating deeper facial sagging.
But what is not generally accounted for are changes that occur in your teeth and jawbone with age. When they first develop, our teeth are large and tall, with sturdy jawbone to support them. But as we age, our teeth become worn down. They can chip, crack, and break. Some may even be lost.
As a result of this, our teeth and jaw lose volume, which causes the lower third of our face to have too little support for the skin and other soft tissues. This leads to visible changes such as:
- Deep folds and wrinkles appear around the mouth
- Lips can begin to appear thin and compressed–they might even fold inward
- Jowls can appear or worsen as the jowls sink down and the jaw moves up
- The neck can seem to have excess skin
- Crease can develop between the chin and lower lip
- Protruding jaw and altered profile
The combination leads to a prematurely aged appearance. The effects are dramatically worsened for people who have lost teeth. The body will remove the bone that used to support the teeth. As this bone is removed, the upper jaw moves up and back and the lower jaw collapses down and forward. The result is a dramatic transformation of the profile.
How a Non-Surgical Facelift Works
Essentially, a non-surgical facelift strives to restore your teeth to their youthful proportion, providing proper support for the lower third of your face.
We will use neuromuscular dentistry to identify the optimal jaw position that correlates to the development of your skin, muscles, and other soft tissues.
Once we’ve identified this optimal position, we will build up your teeth to hold your face and jaw in that position. We will also repair and rejuvenate your smile to help it look more youthful, too. This smile makeover may use a combination of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and dental implants.
Benefits of a Non-Surgical Facelift
There are many reasons why a non-surgical facelift can be better than a surgical facelift.
Won’t Distort Your Face: A surgical facelift takes a backward approach to facial rejuvenation that has a high potential to change your facial appearance. A surgical facelift assumes the problem is only excess and loose skin. Therefore, it works by cutting away some of the skin and other tissues, then stretching what remains over your bones and teeth. But the problem isn’t excess skin so much as diminished support, and, as a result, this procedure doesn’t make you look like you did when you were young. It can make you look like someone else entirely.
Little to No Surgical Downtime: A facelift is one of the plastic surgery procedures that can take the longest to recover from. Although you may only need a week of actual downtime after a facelift, because of bruising and swelling, many people take two weeks or more off from work to recover. And it may be weeks before you are able to return to your full, active lifestyle.
With a non-surgical facelift, you may have no downtime at all. If you have dental implants placed, you may take a day or two off from work. Facial bruising and swelling is minimal, if any.
Results Visible Quickly: A surgical facelift has results that can develop for a year after the procedure, postponing your final results. With a non-surgical facelift, your results are visible pretty much immediately after the procedure.
You Get a Beautiful Smile: A surgical facelift just alters the appearance of your face, it doesn’t do anything about the years your smile could be adding to your appearance. But with a non-surgical facelift, you can enjoy a rejuvenation of your teeth as well as your face.
Long-Lasting Results: Compared to other non-surgical facelifts, those performed with injectables and lasers, a non-surgical facelift that is performed with a smile makeover lasts much longer. Injectables may last a few months to a year, with similar results for skin treatments. But a non-surgical facelift performed with a smile makeover can last a decade or more.
Just One Procedure: Many non-surgical facelifts require repeated treatments to give perceptible results. But with your non-surgical facelift at Rochester Advanced Dentistry you’ll see results with just one treatment.
Nonsurgical Facelift for Denture Wearers
If not properly fitted, dentures can contribute to an aged appearance. The aging process accelerates in areas where teeth have been lost. Bone recedes in these areas, with the upper jaw moving up and back, while the lower jaw collapses down and forward.
Our dentures are crafted specifically to counteract these aging effects on your appearance. With dentures, you can actually look younger. And with dental implants, we can stop the loss of bone and preserve your youthful appearance for longer!
Younger Smile, Younger Face, Younger Feeling
If you’re ready to restore your aged smile and facial appearance to a more youthful one, please call (248) 656-2020 today to schedule a consultation about non-surgical facelift in the Detroit area at Rochester Advanced Dentistry.