A beautiful smile is the accessory that looks good on everybody. All kids deserve to feel proud of their teeth, but unfortunately, not every teen feels that way.
Your teenage son or daughter may have significant confidence issues if they’re unhappy with the color or shape of their smile.
He or she is now bugging you about getting dental veneers.
But is your teen ready?
What You Should Know About Veneers
Dental veneers are like porcelain seashells that are shaped to fit neatly around upper front teeth. They are cosmetic dental restorations that hide stain, chips, and gaps. Veneers are permanent and valuable, so the decision for a teen to get them is not to be taken lightly.
Why Veneers Aren’t Always Good for Teens
Kids are still growing, even when they’re teenagers. The shape of their face can change enough to create new spacing between teeth that veneers once covered up. To hide such gaps, your teen would need to have completely new veneers placed.
Is your teen still in a rough-and-tumble phase? Veneers can be damaged in any accident, but some teens might be prone to even more injuries than adults. If your child is into contact sports, roughhousing, or is even a bit more involved with extracurricular activities than most, then he or she may not be ready to take care of an investment like veneers.
Alternatives to Dental Veneers
If you realize that you’d rather wait a couple more years before getting your teen a set of veneers (perhaps as a college graduation present) that’s fine – there are other options:
Find out whether your teen qualifies for dental veneers by scheduling a consultation with your family or cosmetic dentist.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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