The online generation is savvier than ever when it comes to their appearance. Children and teenagers have access to makeup tutorials and fashion guides older generations never had. Younger people are also becoming more interested in cosmetic dentistry to get the look they’re going for. That can leave parents wondering which services are acceptable for their child. If that’s you, then here’s a guide that can help.
Which Cosmetic Procedures are Acceptable for Children?
There are many common cosmetic treatments that children can benefit from. These procedures are quick, easy, and obtain great results. If your child has chipped or cracked a tooth, direct bonding can repair the damage to make their smile look good as new. There are also procedures to repair decay; if your child hasn’t been keeping up with their brushing, a dental crown can cover and protect the affected tooth.
Which Cosmetic Procedures are Acceptable for Teens?
Adolescents have slightly different demands than children do. While kids usually just need to repair damage to their teeth, your teen might want their smile to look the absolute best that it can. This can mean direct bonding and dental crowns, but it can also entail more involved procedures. Veneers might allow your teen to enhance the shape and color of their teeth to better fit their idea of a perfect smile. A cosmetic dentist can tell you more about which procedures are possible for your teenager and what they’ll entail.
Which Procedures Are Bad for My Child?
Young people usually have thinner enamel than adults. That means certain standard procedures shouldn’t be done for them. Whitening, normally one of the easiest cosmetic treatments, isn’t recommended for people under the age of sixteen. Their thinner enamel means the whitening solution can penetrate too deep, sometimes to the center of the tooth. In such cases, the bleach in the solution can cause pain.
Sometimes what your child wants isn’t what’s best for them. A cosmetic dentist can help you figure out which treatments are possible, and which they should wait on until they get older. No matter your child’s age, your dentist can help you give them a smile they’ll not only be proud of but want to maintain.
About Our Practice
At JL Dental, we know that dentistry isn’t just about your health, it’s about how you feel about yourself. That’s why we try to make our cosmetic services as comfortable as possible for our patients, and why we ensure that they’re of the highest quality. Drs. Jonathan and Laura Mears are experts in cosmetic dentistry, so we’re prepared to offer you whatever services your child needs to create their perfect smile. If you’re curious about cosmetic dental services for your child, we can be reached at our website or by phone at (636) 464-6668.