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Are your teeth ageing you

Are your teeth ageing you?

We live in a world where there’s pressure to always look younger. In 2020, the UK women’s skincare market was worth £1.4bn – a sure sign of our eagerness to stop the effects of ageing. It’s well known that physical exercise helps to keep our bodies young. And brain training games are becoming more and more popular, despite a lack of conclusive evidence they can keep our brains young. By 2026, the global cosmetic surgery market is set to be worth $67bn, with an increasing interest from men in treatments like skin tag removal and anti-wrinkle treatments. But while most people are spending so much effort and expense trying to make themselves look younger, are they missing a trick when it comes to teeth? Have you even asked yourself the question – are your teeth ageing you?

‘English teeth’

There is a worldwide stereotype that the English have horrible teeth. Granted, we don’t all aim for the dazzling perfection of Hollywood A-listers and pop stars, but the majority of us take the health of our teeth very seriously. However, until recently, the British public haven’t shown much interest in straightening their teeth, fearing the Ugly Betty-style metal train-track braces that teenagers were lumbered with in the old days. But teenagers are now more willing to suffer braces in order to create a pop star smile. And these days, invisible aligners have enabled self-conscious adults to fix their teeth discreetly and easily. So straighter teeth will make you look younger because people now associate straight teeth with youth. They’ll also encourage you to smile more.

Avoid discolouration through teeth whitening treatment 

As we age, our teeth become discoloured. This is caused by normal eating and drinking habits – a lifetime of drinking tea and coffee leaves its mark on your gnashers. If you’re a smoker, the nicotine will stain your teeth too. So the older you become, the more your teeth will show it, and this is why discoloured teeth age you. So a simple teeth whitening treatment can work wonders in terms of helping you look younger. But combine pearly whites with teeth straightening and your beautiful smile will make the years drop away! NB teeth whitening is included as part of your teeth straightening treatment.

Tooth loss in adults

One sure sign of age is the loss of teeth. But this doesn’t have to be a problem as you can either use dentures or, for a more permanent solution, have dental implants. With implants, a titanium implant is fixed into the jaw, and the replacement teeth are attached to the implant. The advantage of this is that you don’t have to worry about removing the teeth at night – as you do with false teeth – and can treat them like regular teeth. A full set of healthy-looking teeth will give you a very youthful glow. 

It’s no coincidence that the TV shows that give people makeovers to look younger always involve a trip to the dentist. If you want to look younger for longer, you must look after your teeth and gums. Make regular appointments every six months for check-ups with your dentist and to have a scale and polish with the hygienist to ensure your teeth remain strong. If you’re really worried about the effects of ageing, don’t leave the health of your teeth to chance.