It’s a common phrase (though most recently it’s been identified with aging star Olivia Newton-John): a smile is the best facelift. Although this may seem just like the sort of cliche people say, when you look at a nonsurgical facelift, you can see that it may actually be true.
Smiling Makes You Look Young
There are many reasons why smiling makes a person look younger. Most obviously, it’s because younger people smile more. According to a recent survey, the average adult only makes about 7 smiles a day, with one of them being fake. Some studies, on the other hand, suggest children may smile up to 400 times a day. That’s a big transition, and it’s part of the reason why we associate smiling with youth.
But another reason smiling makes you look young is the mechanics of smiling and aging. Many of the marks of aging are actually remnants of smiles that stick around, such as crow’s feet (this is why many different facial lines are called “smile lines”). When you’re smiling, these remnants blend in and become part of your smile, rather than a sign of aging.
Unfortunately, one of the reasons why adults smile less is that they are self-conscious about their smiles. Discoloration and damage can make people less eager to show their teeth.
Better Smiles for Looking Younger
But other aspects of facial aging may be due to changes in your smile as a result of aging. As your teeth become worn down or even are lost, the vertical dimension of the face shrinks, causing you to have “excess” skin. As this skin sags and folds in various places, it contributes to
jowls and the appearance of facial folds and wrinkles.
But a nonsurgical facelift can restore your teeth to their former dimensions, giving you a more youthful appearance. At the same time, it will also restore your teeth to their former brilliance and eliminate signs of damage. This will not only help you look younger, it will make you more eager to share your smile many, many times a day.