Discoloration, stains, breaks, and chips can occur at any age, which can have a negative impact on your child’s teeth. Problems like these can cause embarrassment and make a normally outgoing child into a shy and less sociable person. The important thing to remember is that dentistry offers porcelain veneers to patients, of all ages, so that their smiles can look beautiful and their attitudes can reflect their winning appearance. If your child has problems that you think might benefit from veneers, consult your child’s dentist. Most dentists use a traditional approach to veneers for children, involving very little dental reduction or change to the original tooth. Most of the tooth and enamel is able to stay intact, which means no anesthesia or discomfort during the procedure. The less tooth structure that is removed the better it is for your child to create a long-lasting solution. Retaining as much original tooth structure as possible is helpful in achieving these goals.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are securely bonded to the tooth enamel to create a durable solution. They look like natural teeth, yet provide an improvement to whatever problems might lie underneath. However, remember that veneers are not a remedy for gum disease or tooth decay. The procedure can be done using two different techniques, direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This particular method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers are normally fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared, impressions are taken, and the tooth is given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks, the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporary is removed and the veneers are bonded to the tooth. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
It is likely that your child will be pleased with the natural look that porcelain veneers provide. Colors can be easily matched to surrounding teeth, and neighboring teeth are not damaged in any way during treatment. After the procedure, it is important that your child follows the dentist’s instructions regarding brushing and flossing their teeth. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended.
With proper home care and scheduled visits, veneers can be a great way to enhance your child’s smile and restore their confidence. Call us today to schedule your consultation with our doctors.