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Is My Child Too Young for Cosmetic Dentistry?

July 8, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — sandberg @ 12:29 am

Smiling teenage boyFew people have perfect teeth naturally, including children. Not to mention, oral hygiene habits and other issues can affect the appearance of a smile. The teen years are difficult enough without worrying about unattractive teeth. You can give your child the boost of confidence they need with cosmetic dentistry. Although every situation differs, many treatments are appropriate for children and teenagers.

Benefits of an Attractive Smile

You can’t put a price on the benefits of a beautiful smile. The way a person feels about their teeth can affect their self-esteem. They can withdraw from certain social situations or avoid talking and smiling to prevent drawing attention to their mouth. 

Cosmetic dentistry is a simple way to ensure your child feels confident as they navigate their teen years. They will look and feel their best, which can result in smiling more often. They’ll be more approachable among their peers and can attract job opportunities after graduation.

Research has found that pleasing teeth are attributed to youth, confidence, and success. An attractive smile can open many doors and lead to new career opportunities as they head into adulthood.

Cosmetic Solutions for Teens

There are more options than ever before to address common aesthetic flaws, many of which are safe for children and teens. A cosmetic dentist will examine their mouth and learn more about their concerns to determine which procedure is right for your child, which may include:

  • Metal-Free Dental Restorations: All-ceramic materials can be used to make restorations instead metal crowns that are often used for children. They are biocompatible because they don’t contain any metals and they produce results that look natural.
  • Cosmetic Dental Bonding: A cosmetic resin is shaded to match the color of enamel to blend in with a tooth when fixing minor imperfections, like chips or cracks. It’s a minimally invasive solution to provide noticeable results that can last for many years.
  • Teeth Whitening: Even teens can suffer from tooth discoloration, especially after braces come off. In-office or at-home teeth whitening can get their teeth up to 8 shades whiter.
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: As an alternative to metal fillings, a composite resin can treat decay. It will blend in with your child’s tooth and doesn’t contain any metals, including mercury.

Many teens can benefit from cosmetic dentistry, but every mouth is unique. Depending on their needs and goals, they may need to wait until after they’ve lost all of their primary teeth or have finished growing. Their cosmetic dentist will create the plan they need to achieve their best smile.

About Dr. Vidya Kini Kukkundur

Dr. Kukkundur earned her dental degree from the New York University College of Dentistry and has regularly continued her education to provide the highest standard of dental care. She treats patients of all ages to create generations of healthy, beautiful smiles. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. Request an appointment through our website or call (856) 872-2622.

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