How your Teeth Complete Your Face

In previous blog posts we have talked about why dentists are best placed to administer facial aesthetic treatments due to their overwhelming knowledge of the facial anatomy as well as their experience in administering injections to the mouth.

However, what we have also experienced is that once people have corrected problems with their teeth or smile, they also require some assistance to rebalance their face. For example, if you were to lose all of your natural teeth, the jawbone shrinks away to a lower level. This can make the face look older with sunken features and sagging facial muscles. If you were to then install implants you may need some assistance using fillers or other facial aesthetic procedure to help restore your sunken features back to how they were before losing the teeth.

This is an extreme example; however, ageing is happening to us all. As we age our face loses volume in both the soft tissue (fat and skin) and bone – our eye sockets get large as the bones of our forehead and jaw recede. Teeth also lose volume. Your cheeks and lips are supported by the teeth and jaw, so their size and shape have an impact on the overall shape of the face.

Over time, teeth become shorter because due to regular wear from chewing – this can be accelerated by grinding and clenching. Shorter teeth mean a shorter face. The bite is collapsed, and the result is an ageing look. Tooth height can be corrected using crowns or dental implants. Most people would be unaware that their teeth were responsible for their ageing look, which is why we feel we, as dentists, are best placed to offer you a facial consultation. Our doctors look at the face as a whole and can advise you if it is your teeth that need correcting or if one of our facial aesthetics treatments would be your best option, or if you need a bit of both.

If you would like to book a complimentary consultation to discuss your face goals, please call us on 01903 872122 or book online.