Dental facelift can make you look 10 years younger

December 13th, 2010 - 1:57 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 13 (IANS) Dubbed the ‘Dental Facelift’, a pioneering non-­surgical technique not only gives you a perfect set of teeth, but also restructures the face to make you look 10 years younger. This four-step procedure involves the artful manipulation of veneers, which are widely used by cosmetic dentists to fix wonky, chipped or discoloured smiles. The thin layers of porcelain are placed over the upper and lower teeth to subtly reshape the face.

“Our teeth play a major role in the framework of the face,” said Mervyn Druian from the London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry, the first to offer what he calls the ‘Non-Surgical Smile Lift’ in Britain, reports the Daily Mail.

“However, as we age the teeth wear down and the jaw recedes, leading to the facial height (the area between the nose and chin) decreasing and the lower part of the face dropping. All this causes the facial ­proportions to change and you get a ­slackened appearance,” Durian explained.

Those who offer dental facelifts say they are breaking new ground in cosmetic dentistry and anti-ageing.

Dental facelifts involving extensive veneers, however, have potentially detrimental ­consequences such as tooth sensitivity, swollen gums, death of the nerves, abscesses or even tooth loss.

Senior dentist Irfan Ahmad has warned that the procedure would have no effect on many people and could do permanent damage to the teeth.

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