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Veneers — Beyond White Teeth

You might associate porcelain veneers, a thin porcelain layer placed over your teeth, with adults seeking a beautifully white smile. While veneers do have the positive effect of making your teeth appear whiter, they also come with other benefits. Older children and teenagers who have their adult teeth can be excellent candidates for veneers.

Veneers can give older children and teens who have functional or cosmetic concerns about their teeth a new lease on life. Find out from Easy Dental Care’s pediatric dentists, Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, how porcelain veneers can improve your child’s dental health and smile.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin shells made out of porcelain that cover the front side of your child’s teeth. Through a process of bonding the veneers to your child’s teeth, the veneers perfectly fit the shape and size of your child’s mouth and look and function like standard teeth.

Veneers come with various benefits. They strengthen the teeth they bond against, fix any imperfections your child doesn’t like about their smile, and give your child’s mouth an even, white coloration.

Which children are candidates for veneers?

Many teenagers and older children with a full set of adult teeth are excellent candidates for dental veneers. If your child has any of these tooth issues, porcelain veneers can improve the functioning and appearance of their teeth.

Children with cracked, broken, or chipped teeth

Kids are accident-prone by nature, so many children end up with tooth cracks, chips, or even partially broken teeth. When this happens, the tooth is weakened, making it harder to chew and putting your child at risk of losing the tooth down the road.

 

Porcelain veneers not only improve the appearance of these teeth, they also help them function better. Thanks to the strengthening properties of porcelain veneers, your child will be able to properly chew without fear of the tooth breaking further.

Children with crooked teeth or tooth gaps

In some cases, porcelain veneers are the best option for children whose adult teeth grow in crooked or with gaps between the teeth. Instead of spending years in orthodontic treatment, veneers immediately fix the cosmetic appearance of these teeth by covering the crooked tooth or gap.

Children with discolored or stained teeth

If your child’s teeth show stains or discoloration, porcelain veneers provide an even, white, permanent appearance that never diminishes. Veneers are an especially good solution for older children or teenagers whose discoloration can’t be fixed by other teeth whitening methods.

What’s involved in getting veneers?

Usually, your child can get porcelain veneers after three visits to our offices at Easy Dental Care. On the first visit, our doctors meet with you and your child to determine if getting veneers is right for your child. They listen to your child’s goals, perform a full evaluation, and might also take X-rays or make impressions of your child’s teeth.

On the second visit, our dentists prepare your child’s teeth for porcelain veneers. This involves reshaping the teeth as needed to ensure their teeth properly fit veneers. Our dentists make impressions of your child’s prepared teeth to get the customized veneers constructed.

Once your child’s veneers are ready, you return to Easy Dental Care to have the porcelain veneers bonded to their teeth. Our dentists ensure the veneers are the right size, and then permanently bond them to your child’s teeth.

Located in Gainesville, Virginia, Easy Dental Care is a pediatric dental practice specializing in quality care in a cozy, welcoming setting. To meet our dentists and find out if porcelain veneers are right for your child, contact us via our online scheduling tool or by phone.

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