Dental Veneers for Teens:

Benefits and Risks explained by Dr.Sydney Joyce


Not all smiles are created equal. As your child develops permanent teeth to replace primaries, defects and damage may become noticeable. Veneers for an Instant orthodontics can solve many issues related to irregular growth; We offer Veneers for Teens that correct a host of other issues such as irregular spacing or discoloration. Our Veneers allow teenagers to Style their Smile while protecting teeth while presenting a beautiful appearance to the world.

What are Veneers?

One of the most popular and effective developments in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are thin, custom-made casings that cover the front side of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic, and these are attached to the front portions of our teeth. Dental veneers can mask any dental imperfection that your teenager is hesitant to share with the world. Veneers are used to correct uneven teeth, worn enamel, discoloration, chipped teeth and irregular spacing. Properly bonded Veneers can last over 20 years. In some cases, veneers can serve a restorative purpose and can protect a damaged tooth from further harm.


Veneers Are Routinely Used To Correct:


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Discolored Teeth- Teeth can be discolored because of a root canal, stains from tetracycline, coffee or tobacco, excessive fluoride or from cavity fillings showing through the enamel.

Worn Down Teeth – Grinding is a growing issue for young patients and teens. Tooth grinding from stress, TMJ or other issues can damage teeth and cause sensitivity. Veneers protect teeth from grinding and provide a barrier against further damage.

Gaps – Veneers can be shaped and sized to eliminate unsightly gaps between teeth.


Chipped or Broken Teeth – While bonding and other types of repairs are available, sometimes veneers are the best course of action for repairing small chips or breaks. If your child has a damaged tooth, please call us immediately and we will assess the best treatment option.

Misaligned Teeth – The body doesn’t always get it right the first time. It is common for permanent teeth to grow with irregularities in spacing and orientation. While some smiles require orthodontics to align the teeth, Veneers are also used to give smiles a smoother, brighter appearance.



What are the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers? 


Natural appearance

Recreating the natural look of teeth, porcelain veneers help create more symmetric and proportional smile.

Speed of the procedure

Porcelain veneers can be applied in two or three visits.


Porcelain veneers are able to correct numerous aesthetic defects at once, that means that you spend less time in the dental chair.


Bright smile

Being stain-resistant, porcelain veneers don’t pick up permanent stains from intensively colored liquids or cigarettes. They remain brighter and whiter longer than natural teeth. Permanently stained teeth can be whitened with veneers, and you will never have the problem coming back.


Porcelain veneers are extremely durable. Despite being very thin and delicate, once bonded to a natural tooth, veneers become strong. If they are well-cared, porcelain veneers can last up to 20 years. Moreover, you will be able to eat, drink and brush normally: porcelain veneers resist stains even better than natural teeth.

Easy care

Porcelain veneers are treated, brushed and flossed like original teeth. After a while, you won’t even pay attention that veneers are in your mouth as they become integrated into your natural teeth structure. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth, there is a special nighttime bite guard that will help you not damage your veneers.


Alternative to other procedures

Porcelain veneers is a good alternative to ortho brackets and other treatments that require months to provide visible result.

Conservative way to change your smile

Applying porcelain veneers is a conservative way to change your teeth appearance: only a small amount of tooth is removed during the procedure.



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What Does the Procedure Involve?

We start with a thorough examination of your teeth including X-rays and impressions. Once we determine that Veneers are right for your child, we remove a small layer of enamel from the front surface of the teeth. Impressions are taken using a resin mold and sent off to the lab to craft your new Veneers. While the casting is being created from the mold, we will place good looking temporary veneers. Once the permanent porcelain Veneers arrive in our office, it’s time for your follow up an appointment. At this point, we fit the new Veneers to your teeth, make any adjustments necessary and prepare for bonding.


A quick cleaning is followed by etching that prepares the surface of the tooth to receive the Veneer. Now the Veneers are fixed to the teeth with a permanent cement bond that can last up to 20 years with a good home care. Finally, the veneer’s size and color are given one last adjustment, excess cement is removed, and the procedure has been completed.


What are the risks of Dental Veneers for Teens? 

Teenagers can develop decay or caries under new veneers. It is important to discuss low to care for veneers to avoid teenagers from developing problems with dental veneers.

Caring for Porcelain Veneers
After the placement of porcelain veneers, patients should commit themselves to good oral hygiene regimens, regular visits to the dentist, and generally healthy lifestyles. This helps to ensure the longevity of the veneers, not to mention good oral health.

Preventing Decay
With proper care, veneers are much more likely to reach the 20-year mark. Along with making regular visits to a general dentist, routine brushing and flossing is the most important thing that patients can do to protect the longevity of their veneers. Although the porcelain itself is not subject to decay, when the underlying tooth structure is damaged by cavities, this can damage the veneer. In many cases, after the cavity is repaired, the tooth is no longer able to support a new veneer.

Protecting Gum Health
Good oral care is also important because it helps prevent gum disease and receding gums, which can compromise the appearance of veneers. Because the porcelain ends at the gum line, if the tissue recedes, the edge of the veneer will become visible, and the entire restoration may need to be replaced. Patients should be diligent about frequent brushing and flossing, but they should also be careful to avoid overly vigorous brushing, as this can also compromise periodontal health.


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Before Dental Veneers to Close Gaps

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After Dental Veneers to Close Gaps


Avoiding Excessive Force
Habits such as nail biting, chewing ice, and using teeth to open packages are already harmful to teeth, leading to cracks, chips, and dental erosion. Although porcelain is quite strong, it is not quite as tough as natural teeth, so these habits are even more detrimental to patients with veneers. Those with bruxism should also seek treatment before getting veneers or as soon as the condition develops. Although lithium disilicate veneers have proven to be durable even for habitual teeth grinders, treating this condition can further extend their lifespan and protect against related health conditions.

Maintaining the Color of Veneers
Because porcelain is not porous, dental veneers are highly stained resistant. However, the dental cement that holds them in place is still subject to discoloration. When this becomes stained, the edge of a veneer can appear yellowed and unnatural. To protect the color of their smile, dental patients should avoid stain-producing substances such as coffee, tea, wine, berries, soy sauce, and tomato sauce. Smoking is perhaps the most notorious culprit for dental staining.

Risks of placing dental veneers for teenagers 
As with any medical treatment, there are some risks associated with the placement of porcelain veneers. For the most part, these risks are minor and quite rare.

Tooth Sensitivity
Veneers are considered a very low-risk treatment. However, as with any medical or dental procedure, there is some chance of complications. Because this treatment often involves enamel removal, the biggest risk is that a patient will experience permanent tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures. Typically, if sensitivity lasts for more than 3 to 6 months after veneers placement, this indicates an underlying problem with the procedure. For example, the dental cement may be leaking or the nerve may have been exposed and infected during placement.

Dental Damage
There is also a slight risk that the underlying dentin may become damaged during the enamel removal process. Alternatively, a poorly fitting veneer could change the alignment of a patient’s bite, leading to dental sensitivity, discomfort while eating, or, in more extreme cases, bruxism and jaw pain.

Future Replacement
Although veneers can last several decades, they must eventually be replaced, and the second placement process will involve another round of enamel removal. Those who already have some enamel erosion before their first treatment may not have enough material for a second placement. In these cases, they will require an alternative restoration such as cosmetic bonding or a dental crown. Patients should discuss their replacement options before receiving their first set of veneers. If they are not willing to consider alternative treatments in the future, they should not choose a procedure that will permanently alter their teeth.

Minimizing the Risks and assuring longer lifestyle for dental veneers.
As stated above, veneers are considered to be a very safe dental treatment, and there are several things that patients can do to further reduce their risks. First, they should be cautious when choosing their cosmetic dentist, following the guidelines listed above. By reading reviews from past patients, they can determine whether a particular dentist has a history of case complications. Second, if they are truly concerned about dental sensitivity or the permanent nature of veneers, patients may opt for no-prep veneers. Because they require little enamel removal, if any, the risk of sensitivity is lower. Patients should be aware, however, that some dentists believe no-prep veneers look less natural than traditional veneers.

Free Cosmetic Consultation at Southpointe Dental
So if you or your child is concerned about the appearance of their permanent teeth, Veneers for Teens may be the right option for you! Contact our South Lincoln dental office today for more information about our three types of veneers, and whether this option is right for you and your teen.



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