Is It Appropriate For My Teenager To Get Veneers? What You Should Know

It’s not easy being a teenager. If yours is dealing with self-confidence issues caused by the appearance of their teeth, you might be looking for treatment options.

Veneers are one of the most popular types of cosmetic procedures that can offer results that range from subtle to undeniable.

However, parents might understandably wonder if they are appropriate for a teenager.

Check out this short article to understand everything you need to know about veneers, and whether they are right for your teen.

How Do Veneers Work?

A veneer is a very thin layer of porcelain that gets attached to the front surface of a natural tooth. As the veneer completely covers the tooth, it creates a massive change in how the smile looks.

Veneers are able to address a wide variety of cosmetic concerns, such as:

  • Badly stained teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Irregularly-sized teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Some minor tooth alignment issues, etc.

This is what makes veneers so popular, even among teenagers. However, before you book an appointment for your teen, it’s essential to understand a crucial aspect of veneers.

Getting Veneers Requires Commitment 

To get veneers, a Long Beach dentist will first prep the teeth by shaving a bit of the natural enamel. This helps create a rough surface texture, which is ideal for veneers to properly stick to the tooth.

The prepping process doesn’t affect the health of the natural tooth, so it will not become weaker or more sensitive. However, tooth enamel doesn’t grow back, which means that getting veneers is a lifelong commitment. 

If your teen gets veneers, then they will have them for the rest of their life. If a veneer breaks or the teen wants to change their smile’s look, they will need to replace it down the line. 

So, Are Veneers Appropriate for Teenagers?

Yes, veneers can be a great way for a teenager to improve their smile, as long as both the teen and their parents understand the commitment they’re signing up for.

Even adults can feel weary of such a commitment. Luckily, there are other, less invasive cosmetic procedures that also offer great results. 

For instance, if the teen’s cosmetic issues are minor, like a gap between their front teeth, they may opt for dental bonding. It will still offer natural-looking results without changing the natural tooth at all. 

Opting for a more temporary cosmetic solution might be more comfortable at first, both for you and your teen. Plus, they can always get veneers later on if they change their mind. 

Interested in Veneers? We Can Help 

Find out if your teen is a good candidate for veneers by seeing Dr. Emily Dodds or Dr. Dustin Dodds for a consultation. 

If they’re not, your teen can discover alternative cosmetic procedures that will improve their smile. 

Book a consultation at Dodds Dental online to get started.

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