There are a number of valid reasons why parents would pursue cosmetic dentistry for their children. The goal of any cosmetic procedure is to help build confidence, rather than to improve a physical, dental-related issue, and it’s important to fully understand the benefits and procedure so that you and your children can make informed choices. Below are some common cosmetic dental procedures for kids that could help your child achieve a more confident, lustrous smile as he/she develops. See all of our cosmetic procedures here.
Veneers: Veneers coat the teeth and can successfully correct a variety of cosmetic dental issues. Veneers are minimally-invasive and require little effort to maintain. Patients can choose from either traditional veneers or a more recent option, lumineers. Typically, veneer application can require certain modifications to the teeth, such as shaving or altering the enamel. Although not as realistic due to minimal preparation, lumineeers are much thinner and simply fit over the teeth, regardless of existing structure, making this non-invasive option more attractive to children.
Teeth Whitening: Traditional over-the-counter whitening methods can be frustrating for kids due to taste, time, and frustration with lack of results. Professional teeth whitening services can be an ideal solution for children, but it’s important to consult with a qualified dental professional beforehand to ensure that your child is an ideal fit for this procedure. Children’s permanent teeth are still highly malleable the first couple of years after emerging, so certain precautions should be taken to ensure that teeth are ready for the bleaching chemicals.
Dental Flippers: If your child has been injured, resulting in a missing or damaged teeth, dental flippers are a solid option. A flipper is essentially a portion of a denture that covers missing teeth and can be easily removed at any time.
Dental Bonding: An affordable option for families, the dental bonding process is relatively simple: resin is molded to offer the appearance of a tooth. This is a great option for kids who only need a tooth or two filled due to cavity damage, disease, or injury. Even after the hardening process, the resulting filler tooth is relatively fragile by nature, thus making care and maintenance a more challenging option for younger children.
Regardless of the procedure being considered, it’s crucial to speak with a professional who will listen and offer constructive advice for you and your child, taking into account your child’s age, overall health, and dental history.
Rarely though do kids need full mouth restorations.