Facial plast Surg 2006; 22(2): 154-160
DOI: 10.1055/s-2006-947722
Copyright © 2006 by Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc., 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

Dental Aesthetics and the Aging Patient

Betsy K. Davis1 , 2 , 3
  • 1Maxillofacial Prosthodontic Clinic, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 2Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 3Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
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Publication Date:
18 July 2006 (online)

ABSTRACT

Those over the age of 65 years old and the “baby boomers” regard oral health, including oral/dental/facial aesthetics, as part of their overall health and wellness. Over 65% of discretionary wealth in the United States belongs to those over the age of 50. In many instances, they have had to deny their own needs for those of their families and are now at a point where their dental issues can finally be addressed. Aesthetic dentistry offers the opportunity to reverse the signs of aging and restore a youthful appearance. A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face and therefore should blend in or harmonize with facial appearance. Advances in aesthetic dentistry, such as porcelain veneers, bonding, periodontal surgery, and dental implants, have shown great efficacy and reliability when used properly. Aesthetic dentistry offers the opportunity for the aged population to have a more youthful, harmonious smile with improved function and optimum oral health.