As kids grow up, we have many responsibilities; helping them to develop their self-esteem is one of those responsibilities. This can be trying with today’s societal pressures and demands. Kids and teens with damaged, discolored or missing teeth often have problems with self-esteem which can be improved through aesthetic dentistry.
When a child is missing one or more front teeth as a result of genetics or an accident, a dentist can replace these teeth with an aesthetic dental procedures. The artificial teeth can be placed onto a removable or cemented dental appliance. Often too, teens develop discolored teeth or unevenly colored teeth as a result of antibiotics taken as a child. This can cause early self-esteem problems. Dentists can use in-office teeth whitening to create a natural looking smile with uniform color. If your teen is not a candidate for teeth whitening, dental veneers can be applied on discolored primary front teeth.
For mildly or moderately decayed front and back teeth, dentists are now able to use tooth-colored dental fillings. These dental fillings have been dramatically improved so the use of silver fillings will soon no longer be necessary. These tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth surface and they are both beautiful and strong.
For severely decayed front and back teeth, silver-colored dental crowns are no longer needed. Instead, dentists now have tooth-colored plastic and porcelain materials that can be used to cover the entire surface of the tooth to restore both function and aesthetics. These crowns can have metal linings but they have tooth-colored facings that allow for beautiful aesthetic restorations.
Many children benefit dramatically from aesthetic dental care on their primary teeth. Be sure to consult with your dentist if you have questions about whether aesthetic dentistry is right for your child.
For more information, contact Today’s Dental.