Cosmetic dentistry has never been as popular as it is right now. There are several causes for this surge in popularity, none more so evident than its ability to make people feel great about themselves and their smile. Dr. David Cannon and his team at Cannon Dental have been enhancing smiles with exceptional results for patients in their Salt Lake City, UT office.
We all know cosmetic dentistry is excellent for adults, but if you are a parent, you may question if it is appropriate for your child, specifically your teenager. More than ever, teenagers are taking a more active approach to their appearance. Teens with a less than perfect smile may feel anxiety or embarrassment over it. The answer to the question posed here is that while some cosmetic procedures are perfectly suitable for a teenager, others should be put off until they are older for the best possible outcome.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Teens
Orthodontics is one of the most commonly practiced forms of cosmetic dentistry on teenagers. Orthodontics does not just mean metal braces either. Orthodontics includes retainers and clear aligner straightening systems. These are all common and proven treatments to assist in straightening a teen’s smile and alignment. With a retainer, your teen’s teeth will remain straight for years.
In-office whitening treatments are a great way to whiten a teen’s teeth. Teens can be very self-conscious about their smiles. One of the most visible facets of a smile is its shade. If a smile has become yellowed, it could cause social anxiety for a teen. It is a good approach to start with whitening toothpaste, but this may not work. Many dental professionals do not recommend a whitening treatment until the age of 14. That allows teeth to be fully developed, so there is no uneven shading once the teeth have fully come in. Also, the inner contents (the pulp) of the teeth will be fully developed and not as sensitive to treatment.
Veneers are another excellent option for teens to correct tooth discoloration, chips or cracks, and misalignment. It is a non-invasive procedure where a wafer-thin layer of porcelain is manufactured and applied to the front of a tooth to assist with any cosmetic issues.
Tips for A Great Smile
Outside of cosmetic dental options, there are many steps a teenager can take from home to help their smile retain a beautiful appearance. Diet is one of the most vital factors when it comes to a teenager’s smile. Avoid sodas and other sugary drinks that could cause decay. Coffees and tea could cause staining. Older teens should avoid smoking.
The single most important thing a teen can do to make sure they retain a healthy smile is to visit the dentist routinely for checkups and dental cleanings. That, combined with at-home care (brushing, flossing, and rinsing), is the most important thing they can do. Dr. David Cannon and his team at Cannon Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, work with each patient to make sure they have a healthy and beautiful smile. When you come in for a visit, Dr. Cannon will develop a comprehensive dental plan specific to your needs. To schedule an appointment, please call (801) 406-9985 today!