If you’re bothered by visible signs of aging in your face, you may have stood in front of the mirror, pulled at your sagging skin, and considered a facelift. This procedure, more formally called a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that tightens facial muscles and removes excess skin in the face and neck. But not only do many people hesitate to go under the knife, but a facelift isn’t cheap, either. The average one will cost you upwards of $12,000, according to realself.com.
Luckily, there’s good news: Many people can tighten the sagging skin on their faces without going near a scalpel. All you need to do is give your dentist a call.
How Teeth Affect Facial Shape
When we’re young, all the different parts of our faces develop together to fit one another. But as we age and our teeth wear down and even become lost, the structure supporting our muscles and skin changes shape. And when we lose teeth, the lack of stimulation causes the jaw bone to weaken and shrink. This shrinking of the teeth and bones — the foundation of the face — leaves us with what looks like excess skin, muscle, and fat. This excess is what forms the folds, jowls, and hanging skin that makes so many of us start googling plastic surgery prices.
Unfortunately, traditional dentures don’t solve this problem. That’s because traditional dentures sit directly on top of the jaw bone for maximum stability. This doesn’t provide the even stimulation that the bone needs, so your body begins removing bone material from the outside. In fact, imbalance caused by poor denture fit can actually speed up bone loss. This means the longer you wear traditional dentures, the more sunken your face will appear.
Fountain of Youth® Dentures are Different
Don’t worry, dentures don’t have to be a one-way ticket to a sagging face. Fountain of Youth® Dentures are specifically designed not just to make your face look younger, but to promote a healthy jawbone. Plus, they’re more comfortable than traditional dentures!
To fit them, your dentist will use neuromuscular dentistry to analyze the patterns of your muscles and create dentures that most closely mimic your own natural teeth. They are designed to put even pressure on the gums and jawbone and support themselves partially on the muscles in order to provide facial support. This makes the dentures more stable, so you can feel comfortable talking, laughing, and chewing with them in.
They’re also some of the most attractive dentures on the market, thanks to their careful construction and high quality materials. The base of the dentures is made using advanced technology to give it a natural texture and translucency that’s nearly identical to real gums. And the teeth themselves are individually designed and created from advanced ceramic to give you a realistic, attractive set of teeth that can be customized to your appearance.
Get the youthful look you’re dreaming of — without the cost and risk of plastic surgery. At élan by cosmetic dentist Dr. Meghan Hodges, we have another way. Call (918) 528-3330 or contact us online to make an appointment and learn more about how Fountain of Youth® Dentures in Tulsa can spruce up your look.