Ask Dr. Archer: What Happens to Our Teeth as We Age?

Aging causes loss of moisture throughout the body, including in our mouth. Less saliva production in the mouth to wash away bacteria makes us more vulnerable to decay, infections, and periodontal or gum disease.

your teeth as they ageCosmetic solutions for aging teeth

Even if you have always taken good care of your teeth, you may have noticed that your gums are receding or that your teeth have yellowed or grayed over the years. As we age, our teeth become discoloured, thinner, and more prone to breakage. While these are completely common occurrences, there are cosmetic solutions available to treat aging teeth.

Teeth Whitening

  • As we age the outer layer of tooth enamel wears down exposing the underlying layer which is yellower. Food and drink as well as smoking can cause discoloration. There are a number of methods to whiten teeth, both professional and do-it-yourself kits.
  • Bleaching teeth is not like colouring your hair where you have to repeat the applications every four to six weeks, however professional bleaching products are significantly stronger in concentration, customized for your tooth shape and arch and thus are more effective and offer the most satisfaction for patients wanting a quick brighter long lasting whiter smile. We've had many patients that tried do-it-yourself whitening, but said they were more satisfied with the whitening they received at the dentist.

Teeth Veneers

  • Veneers can hide discolouration, small breaks, cracks or crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells that are custom fitted to your teeth and permanently attached to them. The procedure is costly, but they are the most natural and longest lasting solution to unattractive teeth. The turnaround time is also very fast and we can usually deliver you veneers within a week.

Teeth Bonding or Dental Bonding

  • Teeth Bonding uses a plastic resin to repair the tooth. This procedure is much shorter and less expensive than porcelain veneers.

Potential Complications

In every procedure, complications or side effects can occur. The best thing you can do is to ask questions and inform your dentist of any health problems you may have, even if they don't seem relevant before having any type of procedure done. We can then inform you with your best options so you are fully informed and understand what we can deliver to you.

-Dr. Archer