It’s no secret – the effects of aging are many.
Bones lose density, muscles shrink, and let’s not forget the wrinkles and gray hair. But aging can also affect your teeth – from general wear and tear to cracks, infections, and even advanced decay. Gums tend to pull back as we age, while diet, medications, and decades of use can start to wear down the integrity of our enamel.
This grim reality is why so many people become insecure about their smile as they age, resulting in a loss of confidence and (yes, really!) a weakened immune system.
Put simply, smiling is good for you, mentally AND physically. When you smile, your brain releases chemicals like dopamine and serotonin that can reduce stress and lower your heart rate. And it doesn’t even matter why you’re smiling!
As far as your brain is concerned, the physical act of smiling is all it needs to release those chemicals and start the healing process, making your smile a key component to your long-term health and happiness.
Of course, this only works if you’re not self-conscious about showing off your grin.
Fortunately, today’s technology has opened up a range of new solutions that can restore your smile and even take years off your appearance. This potential to help patients improve their lives led Dr. Richard Whalen to launch the Dental Design Studio in Poughkeepsie in 2005, and it’s the driving force behind the team’s Ageless Dentistry philosophy.
Utilizing that cutting-edge technology we mentioned, Dr. Whalen and his team have created a patient-first experience that offers an array of powerful restoration services to meet their patients’ needs. From simple teeth whitening to more corrective procedures, such as crowns, veneers, and dental implants, Dr. Whalen’s Ageless Dentistry service has opened the door to an exciting new approach to aging gracefully.
“It’s almost like having a facelift,” explains Dr. Whalen, “but without the surgery. The teeth and jaw create the foundation for your smile, and this foundation becomes even more important as we age. We’ve had patients tell us that others thought they were much older – by as much as five or ten years! – because they no longer had that “fullness” to their smile.
Ageless Dentistry can help to change that,” he says. “We can give you back your smile.”
The best thing about this approach is that it can be customized to address a variety of issues. Patients love that Dr. Whalen and the Dental Design team always take the time to learn about their specific problems and concerns while offering a wide range of solutions and procedures to choose from. Those solutions include Botox and other fillers, a minimally invasive way to alter a high lip line, treat chronic TMJ, and even retrain facial muscles.
Botox can also help with “gummy smiles,” filling in those small spaces between teeth at the gum line, and can even provide relief for patients adjusting to a new set of dentures.
And the best news is, everyone is a candidate for Ageless Dentistry!
If you’re ready to learn more about the Ageless Dentistry service and reclaim your smile, contact the Dental Design Studio today.
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