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Does my child need cosmetic dentistry?

Posted by on Apr. 16, 2018 at 1:12 AM
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Oral health is important for everyone, young and old alike. Parents always have their children’s best interests at heart especially when it comes to health and well-being however oral health is something that is often neglected or not taken seriously. Many parents assume that as long as their children brush their teeth regularly that there is no need to go and see a dentist. The fact is regular visits to the dentist offer a couple of benefits that will continue till adulthood. First, it develops a good habit. The more frequent the visits, the more they will feel comfortable seeing the dentist and not fear or dread going there. It also teaches them to be responsible. If they have been eating too much candy and not caring for their teeth properly, they will certainly hear about it from their dentist. On the other hand, if they have been good and praised for having clean teeth, they will most likely keep it that way. Many adults have poor oral care habits and these habits are usually formed in childhood. It is good to start exposing children to good habits while they are young. Second, going to the dentist will help your children maintain good oral health. Symptoms of dental issues like pain or discomfort don’t usually manifest right until the problem has gone serious. Dentists can spot these right away, address the issues immediately saving your children unnecessary pain and avoiding expensive treatments.


Cosmetic dentistry for my kids?


Good teeth and a nice smile build confidence not just in adults but in children as well. And the same goes for cosmetic dentistry. It is a kind of dentistry that aims to create a positive change to one’s teeth and smile, according to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Many think it is only for adults and it is a common misconception because there are many dentists who specialize in cosmetic dentistry for children.


As a parent, you might be concerned about your child’s self-esteem when it comes to their appearance particularly their smile while they are growing up addressing dental issues before adulthood. Know that there are minimally invasive options available out there. Discussing these options with a cosmetic dentist will help you understand whether your child is a candidate for a cosmetic dentistry procedure or not. Some of these options include:

Lumineers

If your child has noticeable gaps between teeth or have broken, misshapen and discolored teeth, lumineers may be used to correct these conditions. They are thin porcelain veneers attached to the front of the tooth. No tooth structure is disturbed in the process and they are easy to remove.


Dental bonding

Dental bonding is also a good option as it repairs decayed teeth and at the same time restores the natural color, shape and feel of the tooth.

Dental flipper

A dental flipper can be used by children if they have tooth decay or have experienced some kind of trauma. It is similar to what a dental implant is for adults and mimics the appearance of a tooth. This helps children maintain confidence during those awkward periods while their teeth are still growing.

Teeth whitening

A brighter smile does help boost young children and teens’ overall self-image. Generally, teens opt to have teeth whitening after they have had braces to add sparkle to their already straight teeth.





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