The teeth-tweakments that will make you look instantly younger

Smiling is big business. Huge, in fact. According to market research analysts Mintel, the cosmetic dental care market is worth £2.4 billion, up 73 per cent from 2012. And experts believe there’s a simple reason for the sudden splurge: it’s one of the most subtle but smart ways to freshen your look. ‘Smile tweaking,’ says cosmetic dentist Dr Uchenna Okoye, ‘is becoming part of my clients’ overall grooming routines, as women realise the anti-ageing beauty benefits of improving a little bit here and there.’…

…Some dentists and orthodontists now administer Botox, but Dr Okoye cautions that the treatment is best left in the hands of an expert. One is Dr Michael Prager, who says a touch of Botox can also help ease a gummy smile. ‘All it takes,’ he explains, ‘is a 10-second tweak: two injections either side of the nostrils will relax the muscles that lift the top lip,’ he explains.

Another popular smile hotspot, says Dr Prager, is the crease between the bottom lip and chin. ‘As we age, this crease deepens, which can make the jawline appear square as the chin starts to get lost. A tiny bit of filler in this area lengthens the chin, to reinstate a more youthful point. It also helps lift the corners of the bottom lip, for a more cheerful smile.’

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