Teenagers are at the age where their physical appearance is often a priority. If your teenager isn't happy with their teeth, they may feel self-conscious about smiling and possibly even talking. Your family dentist may suggest some of the following cosmetic procedures that are safe for teenagers:
Braces are a tried and true method of correcting many issues such as crooked and crowded teeth. Braces not only make teeth more attractive, but also promote healthy teeth, gums, and facial structure by improving your child's bite.
While braces have been around for a long time, they have sure come a long way. Teenagers no longer have to wear metal on their teeth. Some other options include:
- Invisalign Braces – These are clear aligners that are specially made for the patient. The aligners are made from a mold your dentist takes; then each aligner is worn for specified amount of time. As your teenager's teeth make progress, new aligners are made and worn.
- Ceramic Braces – These braces function much like metal braces. The difference is ceramic can be made in colors that match the wearer's teeth.
- Lingual Braces – These braces are similar to ceramic but are worn on the backside of the teeth. The advantage for the teen is the braces aren't visible.
Veneers may be an option for some teenagers. Veneers are typically used for:
- Discolored teeth
- Minor tooth fractures
- Worn down teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Slightly irregularly shaped teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
Your dentist will be able to tell you if your teenager is a candidate for veneers.
Enamel shaping is a safe and effective way to solve many cosmetic tooth problems. This procedure involves rounding or smoothing surfaces of the tooth. It works well on teeth that are rough or excessively pointed. It also works on some cracks and chips.
The dentist uses a hand-held tool fitted with a "burr" that works to smooth or round the tooth's surface. Enamel shaping is sometimes done in conjunction with bonding. The tooth or gap is filled with a bonding solution then shaped.
In addition to being safe and effective, enamel shaping is inexpensive.
Tooth whitening has become very popular among adults, and more and more teens want to join in. It's important that teeth are completely matured before whitening. Your child's dentist should be consulted regarding whether or not whitening is an option.
These are some viable cosmetic procedures that may be suitable for your teenager. Talk to your dentist about these procedures. You will be a hero in your teen's eyes. Not only will your child's self-esteem get a boost, but their overall health will almost certainly benefit from cosmetic dentistry, too. Do you have more questions? Contact a professional like Nitz Nathan D D MD to learn more.