If there’s one thing Jane Fonda stands out for, it’s her ability to redefine what ageing gracefully means. The 82-year-old actress has starred in a mass of movies over the years, is known as Grace Hanson in the hit Netflix hit series “Grace and Frankie”, is the “original” health and fitness advocate, and is now an outspoken climate activist who is a champion of change.
When we talk about getting older, the term “aging gracefully” often comes up. It is attached to those who are beautiful not only in appearance but who are not going out of their way to hold on to their youth. It is also more recently aligned with being relevant, invested and energetic – not being held back by growing older.
As society redefines the concept of aging gracefully, at Smile Forever we have noticed an impressive rise in the number of clients over 50, over 60 and over 70 who are keen to invest in dental procedures that will improve their teeth and perfect their smiles.
Dr Jason Condello, Dental Surgeon and Owner of Smile Forever, explains the growing interest in cosmetic procedures for our more senior clients, including dental implants as an alternative to replace missing teeth, dentures and bridgework.
“It has been great to see that restorative and cosmetic dentistry is not just being embraced by young clients. For example dental implants are growing in popularity because they restore function and aesthetics in the most natural way. Implants are usually more comfortable than dentures, and unlike bridges, they do not require any cutting or reshaping of the tooth. Our clients are very pleased to hear that implants are designed to last for many years. Because they are fixed and do not need to be removed, they don’t trap food, and are not a cause of embarrassment; which is often the case with dentures,”
For many of our recommended procedures, whether dental implants, crowns or veneers, at Smile Forever we are able to create a “wax up” to showcase the likely results of the dental work prior to commencement. This is a great way to make an informed decision.
“As the body ages, it is sometimes hard to justify why you should invest time, money and effort into your teeth. There is a tendency to not proceed with treatments that restore optimum function and aesthetics and you convince yourself that “……at this age, I’m not worth spending the money on”. In our twilight years, the one enjoyment in life that persists is the enjoyment of food. Having great teeth to chew with is an investment in our wellbeing. As one of our clients put it “ This has been the best money I ever spent. I’d been putting it off years and in retrospect, I don’t know why!”
Jason further explains, “As we age, it is important to understand that dentistry isn’t just about keeping your smile beautiful, it is also about your overall health. There is a direct link between our mouth and the rest of our body. Bacteria in the mouth can cause infections that lead to periodontitis, but it can also cause diabetes, heart disease, and gastrointestinal illnesses. Issues can arise when teeth that have broken down restrict you from eating a healthy diet because of difficulty with chewing. So, for both appearance and health benefits, it is important to stay on track with oral health”
The Smile Forever Dental team loves treating all our clients (no matter what age bracket they are in) with restorative and cosmetic dentistry. With the average life expectancy constantly increasing in Australia (currently 80.7 years for men and 84.9 years for women), we encourage clients to embrace the concept of “aging gracefully” and invest in looking their best while ensure the upmost care for their health and oral hygiene.
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If you want advice about the right option for you, schedule an appointment with Smile Forever Dental. Come in and share your dental concerns with us and we will help you determine the best course of action for your specific requirements and oral health.
Call us on (08) 9321 3071.