Dr. Mark Sweeney of Austin Dental Spa discusses how the mouth changes with age and which cosmetic dental treatments can rejuvenate one’s smile appearance.
Austin, TX — Just as the face starts to develop wrinkles over time, the mouth can show signs of aging as a person gets older. Dr. Mark Sweeney, a cosmetic dentist in Austin, says teeth are prone to a number of changes as men and women age, which are caused by the natural aging process and gradual wear. From the color and size of their teeth to how sensitive their teeth feel, Dr. Sweeney highlights the different concerns patients have about their aging smile, as well as how cosmetic dentistry can be an effective way to rejuvenate their facial appearance.
One of the most noticeable changes in the mature patient’s smile is their teeth getting darker, explains Dr. Sweeney. He also notes that the nerve inside each tooth starts to shrink, which actually offers the benefit of less sensitivity. Unfortunately, age also comes with the reality of teeth becoming more brittle, making them more likely to fracture. Dr. Sweeney says teeth are also susceptible to wearing down, causing the nose and chin to appear closer. As this occurs, the cheek muscles begin to sink in, creating more prominent facial lines. Above all these concerns, Dr. Sweeney says those of a more advanced age tend to suffer from tooth loss, especially when they are over 50. When teeth go missing and are not replaced, this leads to jawbone recession and a sunken cheek appearance.
While the teeth undergo several changes over time, Dr. Sweeney emphasizes that cosmetic dental treatments can help them maintain a youthful smile for years to come. More specifically, he encourages those with age-related teeth concerns to consider the following solutions:
- Teeth Whitening: Whether performed by a dental professional or at home, “Whitening is the entry level for cosmetic dentistry,” says Dr. Sweeney. This simple solution can lighten one’s smile by several shades, taking decades off their appearance. He notes that teeth whitening is incredibly beneficial for brightening one’s smile for a younger, healthier appearance.
- Porcelain Veneers: In addition to creating a whiter smile, porcelain veneers conceal a wide range of imperfections, such as chips, cracks, and gaps. Dr. Sweeney identifies veneers as especially advantageous for those wanting to restore their facial shape, as the thin porcelain shells can elongate and reshape short teeth.
- Smile Makeover: For those needing multiple treatments to achieve their desired outcome, Dr. Sweeney may recommend the smile makeover. By combining cosmetic solutions under this overarching treatment plan, patients can obtain the vibrant, youthful-looking smile they desire.
To complement the rejuvenating results patients have achieved through cosmetic dental care, Dr. Sweeney and his team at Austin Dental Spa offer aesthetic skin care treatments through a licensed aesthetician. He says this combination of cosmetic dentistry and aesthetic skin care has allowed his patients to obtain an even more dramatic transformation.
Ultimately, while the aging smile can lead to a number of unwanted teeth changes, Dr. Sweeney says patients can enjoy a beautiful, young smile appearance with the proper care and treatments.
About Mark Sweeney, DDS
Having practiced dentistry for over 40 years, Dr. Sweeney has become well-known for his expertise in cosmetic dental care. He strives to help patients create their dream smiles through state-of-the-art dental solutions and using the latest dental technologies. At Austin Dental Spa, he and Jordan Slagter, DDS perform a wide range of dental treatments, from preventative and restorative care to cosmetic and advanced dentistry. Dr. Sweeney earned his dental degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry, and American Endodontic Society. He is also a founding member of the Texas Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Sweeney is available for interview upon request.
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