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It’s a staple of cosmetic advertising: telling you that you can “turn back the clock” to look younger. But, increasingly, people don’t want to look like they did in their 20s, striving instead for an appearance that is mature, attractive, and, above all, healthy.

This is the new ideal of “ageless” beauty, the notion that people can look fabulous at any age (as Susan Sarandon, now pushing 70, recently showed at the Screen Actors Guild awards)!

If you are looking to achieve an appearance that is not just ageless, but timeless as well, a smile makeover can help.

Why We’re Choosing Ageless Beauty

There are many reasons why ageless beauty is becoming the new ideal. Part of it is, of course, a rebellion against unrealistic and sexist advertising in cosmetics, which was always trying to make women think they had to be young to be beautiful, while men were allowed to show their age and be attractive.

Another part of it is that the population as a whole is getting older, so our reference point is changing. In 2010, there were over 40 million people age 65 and older in the US, 13% of the population, compared to 35 million in 2010, about 12% of the population, and just 3.1 million (only 4% of the population) in 1900. But we’re also growing healthier. People feel younger than their parents did at the same age, and they want to convey that vigor.

But we also recognize the value of being older. When we look back at the person we were in our 20s, most of us see we were kinda foolish, if not downright stupid! We’ve earned our years with wisdom, and we want to show off our maturity as well as our vigor. We don’t want to be that kid that nobody takes seriously–we want to be the respected voice in the room, whose experience and words carry weight. We want to lead with our energy and wisdom. And we want to look gorgeous doing it.

Health, Function, and Beauty

And that’s part of what makes a smile makeover different from other cosmetic procedures you might be considering. It’s not just about beauty–it can make a major difference in the health and function of your teeth, too.

If your teeth aren’t just discolored, but are actually worn, chipped, cracked, or decayed, then a smile makeover with dental crowns can help protect them. It can prevent your teeth from failing and needing to be replaced.

A smile makeover can also help you achieve a healthy bite. If you’re currently experiencing jaw pain, headaches, or other TMJ symptoms, a smile makeover can restore balance to your bite and help you lead a more comfortable life.

And a more active one. Your jaw plays an essential role in stabilization and balance, so having a healthy bite can make it easier to maintain an active lifestyle as you age. Even if you’ve lost all your teeth, New You Dentures™ can support neuromuscular health of your bite.

But your new smile won’t show your age. Porcelain veneers and other ceramics are stain resistant and durable, your restored smile will maintain the look you desire for a decade or more.

If you are looking for an ageless smile, please call (914) 526-2144 for an appointment with a Westchester County cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.

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