Teeth get flatter and shorter from years of regular wear (chewing). And, worn down teeth mean a shorter face. That’s because your teeth are the structural foundation for your face. When that foundation begins to deteriorate, it creates a ripple effect on the rest of your face, such as sagging of the face, fine lines appearing, a sunk-in look, etc. (see the photo of our patient above for an example). In addition, as teeth wear down it can cause headaches, migraines, toothaches as well as neck, back pain (see TMJ). The reality is, with age, faces can shorten, chins move forward, cheeks become hollow, and wrinkles appear. The good news is, there is a way to reverse or at least slow down the inevitable.