Veneers for Teens: Boosting Your Teen’s Confidence
As your child grows up, you’ll be able to watch their smiles grow too. Hopefully, you’ll also get to watch their self-confidence bloom throughout the years. However, sometimes they lose self-confidence as they grow into their teenage years. As their adult teeth come into place, it’s natural for there to be minor flaws in their smile. Fortunately, Southpointe can fix these minor flaws using custom-made dental veneers for teens.
Today, dental veneers for teens are a viable option for teenagers. Dental veneers are the most versatile cosmetic option we offer. Our dentists are experts at placing veneers for teens. This procedure gives self-confidence back to thousands of patients, and we’re happy to help your children regain their confidence too.
What are Dental Veneers? Are Veneers for Teens Any Different?
Dental veneers are incredibly thin casings which are bonded to the front surface of a person’s teeth. They’re one of the most versatile, popular cosmetic treatments today. It’s an effective way to make a smile look flawless with ease. Dental veneers for teens are no different. We’ll ensure that we can put the veneers on safely, since teens aren’t finished developing. Once we do that, we’re able to place them for worn enamel, discoloration, uneven teeth, irregular spacing, and broken teeth. Luckily, veneers can last well over 20 years, if they’re taken care of correctly. And in many cases, we don’t just use veneers for teens as a cosmetic solution, but as a restorative one too.
Uses of 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 drink other dark liquids. Because veneers cover up the front surface of teeth, they’re a perfect solution for discolored teeth.
Worn-Down Teeth – Many young teens throughout the US grind their teeth or have TMJ. This wears teeth down and causes serious sensitivity. Veneers have the potential to protect our teeth from further damage.
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 – Many patients have received dental veneers to correct gaps in their smile. This works because veneers can make the smile appear closer together, since they sit on the front surface of a person’s teeth. They can also be custom-shaped and sized to blend in perfectly with any smile.
Broken or Chipped Teeth – Dental veneers are often the best solution when it comes to small breaks or chips. However, this problem 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 Veneers
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.
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.
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 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 Veneers?
When our team places veneers, we always start with a comprehensive exam of the patient’s teeth. This exam includes taking x-rays and impressions. In this exam, we have to ensure that the patient’s mouth is healthy enough for veneers. Then, once we’ve decided that we can use veneers, we’ll remove a tiny bit of the tooth’s enamel to make room for the veneer. We’ll take impressions and send them to a dental lab. This dental lab will create the 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. At this 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.
We’ll quickly clean the surface of the tooth before bonding them. Once we bond the veneers to the tooth, they’ll be permanently fixed by a cement bond. This bond can last several years if the patient takes good care of their teeth. Finally, we’ll slightly adjust the size and color of the veneer, and the patient will be all set.
Risks of Veneers for Teens
Caring for Porcelain Veneers
Once you have veneers, you’ll need to take extra good care of your oral hygiene. This includes good home-care, regular dental visits, and living generally healthy lifestyles. Doing so will be good for the patient’s overall health and their veneers.
If taken care of properly, veneers for teens can often last patients well into their thirties. Regular dental visits and effective brushing flossing will help veneers last. Porcelain won’t decay at all. 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 the veneer lifetime.
Protecting Gum Health
Taking good care of your teeth will also prevent gum disease. Gum disease will actually compromise the spectacular appearance of veneers. Because the porcelain ends at the gum line, receding gums can make the edge of the veneers visible. In these cases, the entire restoration will need to be replaced. However, this can be avoided by frequent brushing and flossing.
Before Dental Veneers to Close Gaps
After Dental Veneers to Close Gaps
Avoiding Excessive Force
Certain habits are harmful for teeth, and extra 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 a high-grade porcelain built for the forces of chewing, it isn’t quite as strong as your teeth. Habits that are bad for your regular teeth can break your dental veneers.
Maintaining the Color of Veneers
Dental veneers are very stain-resistant! However, the dental cement that bonds veneers to your teeth are still susceptible to staining. Sometimes this can cause the very edge of a veneer to seem slightly yellow. To protect the color of your veneers, you should avoid things like wine, coffee, tea, soy sauce, berries, and tomato sauce. When it comes to risking discoloration, smoking is worst of all.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
If you or your child is concerned about the appearance of their permanent teeth, veneers 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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