Cosmetic Dentistry Not Recommended For Children

If your child was a tetracycline baby would you have veneers placed over his/her teeth? After all who wants their child to walk around with greenish-brown teeth? What will people think? That you don’t practice any sort of oral hygiene? According to research, more and more children are undergoing cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, dental veneers, and replacing missing teeth with false teeth. However, the fact is that cosmetic dentistry is not recommended for children. 

Not a Good Idea

Research has shown that it is not a good idea to perform cosmetic dental procedures on children. Ideally you should wait for all of their permanent teeth to erupt and become stable in their mouth. There is extra space in the back of the mouth when children are young to accommodate their 12-year-old molars and wisdom teeth. As permanent teeth erupt problems may arise due to lack of space, impacted teeth, etc. Therefore, a cosmetic dental procedure should only be performed on a child in an emergency situation.

What about Tooth Whitening or Veneers?

Tooth whitening doesn’t seem like it would be a major problem just because the child is young, especially if the bleaching solution is less concentrated. It should not have a major adverse impact on a child, although they may experience gum irritation.

Dental veneers should be avoided. Veneers require the removal of tooth enamel to accommodate the veneer thickness. The removal of healthy tooth structure is frowned upon because if the tooth requires future treatment, the remaining tooth structure may not be able to withstand it.

Make sure you consider all options before deciding on a cosmetic dental procedure for your child. Encouraging good oral health including brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly will help protect against your child’s need for a cosmetic procedure.

 About Your Lake Forest Dentist:

Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.

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