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Wrinkles around the Mouth and How to Treat Them

Whether it’s your dentures or your natural teeth, if you’re not getting enough support for your facial tissue, you will begin to see more wrinkles develop. The wrinkles will develop following a predictable pattern, because it’s caused by certain changes in the relationships of your tissues caused by a loss of support.

Here are some of the more common wrinkles you will see, and how to treat them.

Perioral Wrinkles

508211701Perioral wrinkles are caused by the flexing of your lips as they contract and fold to close. They can be influenced by the health of the skin and also the amount of folding that occurs as the lips close. As the area of the mouth collapses because of worn and lost teeth, lips will have more folding, causing premature appearance of these wrinkles.

Folding happens around every mouth, but wrinkles only begin to show because of changes in the skin and excessive amounts of folding. Supporting the lips adequately will help prevent these wrinkles. Once they appear, though, they can be treated with skin resurfacing or fractionated laser treatment that stimulates the production of collagen in the skin. In some cases, Juvéderm or other fillers can be used to help erase the appearance of these wrinkles.

Mesolabial Folds

These are folds that appear at the corners of your mouth, caused by the folding of lips one over the other. These folds are mostly seen in people who have worn or lost teeth, causing the lips to be too large for the mouth. As the lips fold excessively at the corners, wrinkles form. This can also cause saliva to moisten the corners of the mouth, leading to cheilitis.

The best thing to do is to make sure you have adequate support from properly fitting dentures. If these folds are still present, fillers can be used.

Nasolabial Folds

These folds start at the corners of the nose and curve downward around the mouth. They are sometimes called smile lines or parentheses lines because they look like parentheses around the mouth. They are a natural part of aging, caused by the sinking of the cheek fat pad. However, they can be accelerated by contraction of the face due to tooth wear or loss.

Nasolabial folds are normally treated with fillers.

Preserve Your Youthful Appearance

Although modern cosmetic treatments can reduce these wrinkles, it’s best to prevent them from appearing by preserving the dimensions of your face with FOY® Dentures. The longer you spend with worn teeth or with poorly fitting dentures, the deeper these wrinkles are likely to develop.

If you would like to prevent these wrinkles with dentures that support your natural face proportions, please contact a local FOY® Dentures dentist.

By |December 10th, 2014|Appearance, Dentures|

About the Author:

This post was written by Rod Strickland. Dr. Strickland is a dentist in Savannah, GA. He is the inventor of the Denture Fountain of Youth® technique.