Will Dentures Change Your Appearance?
After you get new dentures, you will likely see an immediate and dramatic change in your facial appearance. Tooth loss can actually affect much more than your smile. Over time, it can alter the shape of your entire face – and not in a good way – and possibly even make you look much older than you really are.
How Missing Teeth Can Prematurely Age You
Your teeth serve many important functions. In addition to helping you eat and speak, they maintain the shape and alignment of your jawline and hold your jawbones apart. If some or all of your teeth are missing, the space between your nose and chin may gradually decrease. As your facial height shortens, your bite force will correspondingly increase, accelerating the rate of bone loss in your jaw.
Jawbone loss can alter the planes and angles of your face, deepen the vertical lines between your nose and mouth, and make your nose look larger. It can also affect the attachments of the muscles in your lower jaw, making the tissue sag and creating jowls or a double chin. Additionally, without the support of your teeth, the muscles around your mouth can weaken and your cheeks and lips may appear sunken or lopsided, sometimes leading to a perpetual scowl that does not accurately project to the world how you really feel.
Why You Should Replace Your Missing Teeth
With properly fitting dentures expertly crafted by a dentist at Florida Dental Centers in Clearwater, Florida, your mouth can be restored to its proper balance, which can lead to a healthier and more youthful facial appearance. And, if your dentures are secured with implants, they will provide even better support to your face and jaw and also help to prevent further jawbone loss.
If you’re ready to make a positive change in your appearance with new dentures, Florida Dental Centers can help. Contact us to request an appointment with an experienced dentist at our office in Clearwater, FL, today.