Ages 24-35

Best Smile Practice: Use those appliances! Get a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding and make sure retainers stay in place to preserve what your good genes—or your dentist—gave you.

At this age, problems start cropping up from tooth grinding or not wearing a recommended retainer. Sometimes that means heading back to the orthodontist for a quick fix—usually a two- to six-month process. Alternatives to traditional braces, such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles, are popular ways to restore previously corrected teeth, says Keith Johnson of Stone and Johnson Dental Group in Edina. If getting braces again is too much to stomach, Carol Austin of Cross DentalCare in Minnetonka suggests three-quarter crowns to cosmetically straighten or build up worn teeth. Dentists don’t have to remove as much tooth structure to place the crown, and patients love the look of their straight, white teeth.

“[there] are ways to restore previously corrected teeth.”
Keith Johnson, Stone and Johnson Dental Group


Ages 8-16

Braces are the name of the game at this age.

Ages 16-24

For teenagers and young adults, teeth whitening becomes the favored fix.

Ages 35-55

Cosmetic dentistry packs a powerful punch for this group.

Ages 55 and Older

All of the above procedures work nicely on people 55 and older, prompting many to start raising their hand at the dentist’s office.