Just because you're 55 or older doesn't mean that you don't care about how you look. Your smile can play a big part in the looks department, and whether you've never been truly satisfied with your smile, or the aging process has had a negative effect on it, it's never too late to get a beautiful smile. Here are three ways seniors can improve their smile.
Straighten Your Teeth by Wearing Braces
Maybe you had braces when you were younger but neglected to wear your retainer which caused your teeth to shift and become crooked again. Or maybe you've never had straight teeth and think it's time to finally do something about it.
Straight teeth will definitely improve your smile and you'll be glad to know that according to some orthodontists, they have seen an increased number of patients in their 50s, 60s, and even in their 70s and 80s.
Replace Missing Teeth by Getting Dentures
Maybe you haven't taken care of your teeth as well as you should have, and as a result you have some missing teeth. Once you've lost some of your teeth, it can be hard for your remaining teeth to keep up with the work. This causes added stress to the remaining teeth, and they end up falling out as well.
Sometimes, the best option is to get all your remaining natural teeth removed and get dentures. According to the CDC, 17% of adults over the age of 65 have had their teeth removed. If you're concerned about your smile, you can choose natural-looking porcelain dentures that are aesthetically pleasing as well as comfortable to wear.
Whiten Your Teeth by Getting Cosmetic Dentistry
If you have consumed coffee, tea, or wine for many years, chances are your teeth are stained and not as pearly white as they once were. While there are whitening toothpastes and over-the-counter remedies you can try, you should first consult your dentist before trying any of these products. The whitening product you try largely depends on the color of your tooth. For instance, brown teeth might not respond well to certain whitening products, whereas yellow teeth probably would.
In order to safely and quickly whiten your teeth, you might want to opt for chairside bleaching, which is a type of cosmetic dentistry done at the dentist office.
By straightening your teeth, replace missing ones, or whitening your teeth, you will end up with a smile that any senior would be happy to have.