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Turn Back the Hands of Time. Problems with Bad Teeth: Bad Teeth Make You Look Older

A healthy and beautiful smile is one of the defining attributes of youth. That’s why without one—but with an unattractive smile in its place—a person can actually look older and less desirable. The longer the mouth is left unhealthy or with missing teeth, the more deterioration of healthy tissue that will be experienced. Missing teeth can also cause fine lines and wrinkles to develop around the mouth, amplifying the aging process. In fact, because the teeth provide support for the muscles and skin around the mouth, when there are missing teeth that support is lost, causing unnecessary stress on those muscles and the skin.

This is a factor that can accelerate the formation of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, making a person look older, just like infection in the mouth can seriously jeopardize your overall health, making you look significantly older than you actually are. Without teeth, the bones in the jaw start to deteriorate and resorb. Cheeks look sunken in. Your face starts taking the appearance of somebody who is ten to twenty years older than you are.

Clearly, a smile is about much more than appearances; it’s about health, confidence, and making the most of life. Over time, there have been a number of patients who evidenced success in many areas, from careers and finances to family situations, but yet for one reason or another, they didn’t take care of their smiles. If they only understood how attainable a beautiful smile can be, they could have take control in this area too, improving their lives and effectively turning back the hands of time.

The Power of First Impressions

In a society where first impressions mean so much, it is important to have a nice smile. The smile is one of the first things someone will notice about you, and if you don’t appear to be happy or confident, that can give a negative first impression. Moreover, it has been researched and reported that even babies respond much better to people who smile and who have a nice healthy smile. It’s innate.

Katie’s Story

Very attractive and obviously well pulled together, Katie was a 45-year-old woman that had a lot going for her. Nonetheless, when she stepped into a dental office, she looked gloomy and unhappy; she couldn’t even greet the woman at the front desk with a smile. This was typical for Katie. She didn’t mean to seem unfriendly, but she’d been ashamed of her smile for so long, she’d gotten used to not smiling. By behaving this way, she had projected the image that was a complete opposite of who she really was. If you got to know her, you’d see she had a wonderful personality and a fantastic sense of humor that made her a pleasure to speak with. But unfortunately, unless you got to know her, she gave the strong impression of being a mean, nasty woman, one with a continually negative facial expression that had become a habit over the years as she tried to hide her teeth. She said she spent most of her life working to overcome that first impression—and the worst part was she did not even know what was causing it.

After finishing dental treatment, Katie got her smile back and learned how to use it again. Finally, her expressions matched her personality and people could easily see what a great person she was. And thankfully, Katie found, it takes much less time to learn to smile than to learn not to smile. It’s easy to get used to a good thing!

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