Signs Your Dentures Are Making You Look Older

Are Your Dentures Making You Look Older?

There’s nothing wrong with getting older, but if you’re like many people, that doesn’t mean you want to look older.

Like many people, you also may have dentures. While dentures are a common dental procedure, you may not know that certain signs of facial aging can be worsened or even caused by dentures.

How do you know if dentures are the problem? And how can you stop your dentures from making you look older than you actually are? If you have dentures and have noticed any of these signs of aging, you may benefit from dentures, which can help you look younger.

Sunken Cheeks

Your teeth and jaw provide the structure that supports your cheeks. When your teeth are replaced with dentures, your cheeks may sink or fold in since you no longer have the same support in your cheeks.

What causes this? Dentures are not always secure, so that means they have to be put back further in your mouth for stability.

Thin Lips and Wrinkles

Dentures replace your teeth, but they don’t replace all the support your teeth provide. Because traditional dentures don’t have the same vertical dimension as your teeth, your lips may become thin and flat.

This loss of vertical dimension may also contribute to wrinkles around your mouth. As your features compress and the skin around your mouth folds, different types of wrinkles can form and deepen. This includes things like “lipstick lines,” nasolabial folds (deepened smile lines), and wrinkles between your lips and chin.

On top of that, poorly fitting dentures can also contribute to wrinkles elsewhere on your face, like around your eyes. It’s harder to smile when your dentures don’t support your face the same way your teeth did, meaning wrinkles around your eyes can deepen and worsen.

Sagging Skin

When your cheeks sink in, they can also sag down. When this happens, the pads of fat in your cheeks that make you look youthful will hang below your jaw. This erases your jaw line and makes your face look wider than it is.

The same thing can occur on your neck; instead of having skin stretched over a defined chin, it sags and creates the look of extra skin.

The Solution? FOY ® Dentures

FOY ® Dentures can help you look younger by providing support in ways other dentures don’t. To learn if they are right for you, please call 613-271-7091 today for an appointment with Dr. Andrea Stevens serving the entire Ottawa area.

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