During a dentist’s comprehensive training, they learn about the complete anatomy of the face. This is because changing something around your smile can have an impact on the rest of the face. We don’t often associate the ageing we see in the mirror with our teeth, but perhaps we should. Dentists can often manipulate the size, shape and alignment of teeth to take years off a patient’s face.
As we age our face loses volume in both the soft tissue (fat and skin) and bone – our eye sockets get large as the bones of our forehead and jaw recede. Teeth also lose volume. Your cheeks and lips are supported by the teeth and jaw, so their size and shape have an impact on the overall shape of the face.
Over time, teeth become shorter because due to regular wear from chewing – this can be accelerated by grinding and clenching.
This generally creates one of the following issues:
A) Teeth become shorter due to regular wear or grinding. Shorter teeth mean a shorter face. The bite is collapsed, and the result is an ageing look.
B) Teeth get pushed inward over time by the jaw muscles. Clenching exacerbates the problem because clenched muscles exert even more inward force on the teeth. As a result, the smile (or arch) becomes narrower, offering less support to the cheeks and skin. You’ll perceive this narrowing as facial hollowing around the cheeks and a flattening, or curling in, of the lips.
Most people would be unaware that their teeth were responsible for their ageing look, which is why we feel we, as dentists, are best placed to advise on your face and how you can achieve your goals. Our doctors look at the face as a whole and can advise you if it is your teeth that need correcting or if one of our facial aesthetics treatments would be your best option, or if you need a bit of both.
If you would like to book a complimentary consultation to discuss, please call us on 01903 872122