The pursuit of a brighter, wider, perfect-toothed smile continues to be a significant driving force in the world today, strong enough to trigger the rise of one of the newer dental technologies: porcelain veneers.
They’re highly publicized on social media thanks to reality TV stars, Instagram and social media influencers. In fact, even the Atlantic magazine published an article dissecting why they’re suddenly so popular. It makes sense, as porcelain veneers are a fantastic solution. But are they suitable for all ages, especially for teens and pre-teens? Below, we explore this question further.
What exactly are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are designed to offer a quick solution to damaged, stained, cracked, broken or chipped teeth.
The veneers are thin-layered porcelain chips that are used to cover the visible surface of teeth. Additionally, they maintain a uniform sizing and shape based on how the actual teeth looked before.
The trouble with veneers for teenagers
Veneers, whether porcelain or not, are not ideal for teenagers. That’s because for veneers to get fixed onto teeth, a bit of tooth enamel must be removed. With adult teeth, that’s not so worrying. Younger teeth pose a bigger issue.
Teenager and pre-teen teeth tend to have a larger pulp compartment as the pulp is vital for tooth formation as growth occurs. It really is quite large, so much so that it extends closer to the tooth surface than in an adult tooth.
Clipping away at a youngster’s tooth to create space for veneers is therefore not such a smart idea because it can cause permanent damage to their teeth.
Alternative Options to Porcelain Veneers for Teenagers
If you still need to get a cleaner smile or better teeth but aren’t old enough for veneers, we have a series of other recommendations you can try.
For example, consider deep cleaning by your nearest cosmetic dentist to whiten your teeth more permanently. The procedure primarily uses a bleaching agent.
Covering up gaps in teeth with a resin material
This primarily works for chipped or broken teeth, and the resin is designed to look exactly like your teeth color.
Employing a composite material veneer instead
If you’re hell-bent on getting veneers, you can talk to your doctor about using another material other than porcelain for your veneers. Preferably, that would be a composite material instead.
Making regular dental visits
With regular visits to the dentist, you get to treat dental problems as soon as they erupt, so no significant damage is done along the way.
Contact Dr. Anthony Mobasser DMD for such veneer treatment. He is highly recommended for his versatile procedures, including dental reconstruction, dental crowns fixing, dental care, and full mouth construction.
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