Wrinkles form everywhere on your face for a variety of reasons. The ones that form around your mouth are often related to a lack of support for your lips and lower face. This can sometimes be because of damaged or worn natural teeth, but more often, it’s related to poorly designed dentures.
Perioral wrinkles are literally wrinkles around the mouth. They tend to radiate outward from your lips. Sometimes these are called “lipstick lines” because they will catch lipstick if it’s not applied carefully. They are caused by flexing and folding of the skin around the lips. Two factors influence the appearance of perioral wrinkles. First, the quality of your skin influences all the wrinkles on your face, including perioral wrinkles. As our skin loses collagen, it becomes less elastic and tends to retain the folds of wrinkles. Second, if your teeth aren’t properly supporting your lips, your lips will do more folding, which will cause more wrinkles.
Dentures can contribute significantly to perioral wrinkles if they don’t provide adequate support for your lower face and cause more folding of the lips.
Preventing perioral wrinkles is best, but they can also be treated with skin resurfacing, either chemical or laser peels, which will stimulate your skin to produce more collagen. If these folds are particularly bad, injectable fillers can be used to smooth them out.
Mesolabial folds are caused by the folding of your lips one over the other, and they don’t appear in people with healthy teeth or quality dentures. If teeth are damaged or lost and dentures are too small, the lips are too big for the mouth and have to fold over each other. This not only causes large folds at the corners of the mouth, it can lead to angular cheilitis.
For the most part, you get rid of these folds by ensuring that your teeth or dentures fit properly. If you’ve had them long enough that they remain even after you get adequate support for your lips, injectable fillers can be used.
Nasolabial folds curve down from your nose and frame your mouth. They are sometimes called parentheses lines because they look like parentheses around the mouth. These are formed primarily by the sinking of the cheek fat pad, which can be exacerbated by shrinking volume in the mouth, which brings the chin up toward the nose.
Marionette lines run downward from the corners of your mouth to around your chin, giving the appearance that the mouth has a separate piece in the lower jaw. They are caused by loss of tension in the ligaments that support the chin. Some of this is nutritional, but if you wear dentures, the attachments for the muscles that support the chin move, which can lead to witch’s chin as well as marionette lines.
If you are looking to avoid these wrinkles around your mouth, Strickland FOY Dentures™ are designed to properly support your lower face so that you have a minimum of wrinkling and folding.
To learn how they can help you, please call (610) 272-0828 for an appointment with a Philadelphia denture dentist at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.
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