Veneers for Teens: Boosting Your Teen’s Confidence
As your child grows, you’ll be able to watch their smile grow, too. Most importantly, is that hopefully you’ll also get to watch their self-confidence blossom. But, sometimes this isn’t the case as they enter their teenage years. As permanent, adult teeth come into place, it’s natural for there to be minor flaws.
Today, dental veneers for teens are a viable option for all teenagers. Dental veneers are the most versatile cosmetic option available today. In addition, our cosmetic dentists in Lincoln, NE are extremely skilled at placing veneers for teens. The placement of dental veneers has restored self-confidence to thousands of patients, and we’re happy to help your child, too.
Are Veneers for Teens Any Different?
Dental veneers are incredibly thin casings bonded directly to the front surface of a tooth. They’re one of the most versatile, popular cosmetic treatments today. It’s a quick, effective way to make a smile look flawless and we’ll ensure that we can safely place veneers for your teen.
Dental veneers for teens can address worn enamel, discoloration, uneven teeth, irregular spacing, and broken teeth. Even better is that veneers can last well over 20 years with the proper care. And, in many cases, we don’t just use veneers for teens as a cosmetic solution, but as a restorative option, too.
Uses of Dental Veneers for Teens
Discolored Teeth – Over time, it’s natural for our teeth to become stained or discolored. This is especially true of those who smoke, drink coffee, or other dark liquids. Because veneers cover the front surface of teeth, they’re also a perfect solution for discolored teeth.
Worn-Down Teeth – Many young adults grind their teeth or have TMJ. This wears teeth down and can cause serious sensitivity. Veneers have the potential, however, to protect teeth from further damage.
Gaps – Many patients have received dental veneers to correct gaps in their smile. This works because veneers can make the teeth appear closer together because they sit on the front surface of the tooth. They can also be custom-shaped and sized to blend in perfectly with any smile.
Broken or Chipped Teeth – Dental veneers are often an excellent solution when it comes to small breaks or chips. This dental concern is one we’re especially careful with, to ensure the strength of your teeth.
Misaligned Teeth – Similar to gapped teeth, sometimes a person’s teeth grow irregularly. Depending on the severity, we can often place dental veneers to correct these teeth and improve the appearance altogether.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Veneers for Teens
Recreating the natural look of teeth, porcelain veneers help create a 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.
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 the problem will never return.
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.
Porcelain veneers are treated, brushed and flossed like natural teeth. After a while, you won’t even notice that veneers are in your mouth – they’ll become integrated into your natural teeth structure. If you have a habit of clenching your teeth, there is a bite guard that will help keep your veneers damage free.
Alternative to Other Procedures
Porcelain veneers are a good alternative to traditional braces and other treatment that requires months to provide visible result.
Conservative Way to Modify Smile
Applying porcelain veneers is a conservative way to change your teeth appearance: only a small amount of tooth is removed during the procedure.
What’s the Procedure for Placing Dental Veneers?
When our team places veneers, we always start with a comprehensive exam. During this exam, we’ll ensure that the patient’s mouth is healthy enough for veneers. Once it has been decided veneers are okay, we’ll remove a tiny bit of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneer. Next, we’ll take impressions and send them to a dental lab where they’ll create custom veneers.
While the veneers are being made, we’ll give the patient temporary veneers. Once the patient’s permanent veneers come back from the dental lab, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment.
During the follow-up appointment, we’ll place the veneers permanently by preparing the patient’s teeth for bonding. Any adjustments we need to make to the veneers will be done so prior to bonding.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Veneers for
Once veneers are bonded to the the tooth, they can last several years if the patient takes good care of them. Porcelain veneers won’t decay at all and have the ability to fix a menagerie of cosmetic dental concerns such as cracks, chips, and minor discolorations, or small gaps. Veneers can also fix the size and shape of teeth. They truly are a custom solution.
Risks of Dental Veneers for Teens
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Once you have veneers, you’ll need to take extra good care of them. This includes good home-care, regular dental visits, and living a generally healthy lifestyles. Doing so will be good for the patient’s overall health as well as for the veneers.
If taken care of properly, veneers for teens can often last patients well into their thirties. Regular dental visits and effective brushing and flossing will help veneers last many years. While veneers are a good solution, decay or caries can still develop beneath them. Caring for your teeth as well as your veneers is key to unlocking the longevity of a veneer.
Protecting Gum Health
Taking good care of your teeth will also prevent gum disease. Gum disease will actually compromise the appearance of veneers. Because the porcelain ends at the gum line, receding gums can make the edge of veneers visible. In this case, the entire restoration will need to be replaced. But, this scenario can be avoided by frequent brushing and flossing.
Avoiding Excessive Force
Certain habits are harmful for teeth, and are especially harmful when you have veneers. These include chewing hard things like ice or hard candy, using teeth to open packages, nail biting, etc. While your dental veneers are made of high-grade porcelain built for the forces of chewing, they aren’t quite as strong as your natural teeth. Habits that are bad for your regular teeth can break your dental veneers.
Procedural Risks of Dental Veneers for Teens
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.
Dental veneers are considered a very low-risk treatment. However, as with any medical or dental procedure, there is a chance some complications could occur. Because this treatment often involves enamel removal, the biggest risk is that a patient will experience is permanent tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures.
Typically, if dental sensitivity lasts for more than 3 to 6 months after the placement of veneers, 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.
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 discomfort.
Although dental veneers can last several decades, they must eventually be replaced, and the second placement process will involve another round of enamel removal. Those who had some enamel erosion before their first treatment may not have enough material for a second placement. In this case, an alternative restorations such as cosmetic bonding or dental crowns must be considered.
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 like veneers, that will permanently alter their teeth.
As stated above, dental veneers are considered extremely safe. There are couple of things, however, that patients can do to further reduce their risks. First, they should be cautious when choosing their cosmetic dentist. Read reviews from past patients and determine whether a particular “cosmetic dentist near me” has a history of case complications.
Second, if they are truly concerned about dental sensitivity or the permanent nature of dental veneers, opt for no-prep veneers. Because they require little enamel removal, if any, the risk of sensitivity is lower. Patients should also be aware that some dentists believe no-prep veneers look less natural than traditional veneers.
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