Can My Child Benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry?

July 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — michaelzhangdmd @ 9:56 pm
Teenager smiles.

Children, especially teenagers, have always been self-conscious. With modern methods like dental bonding, porcelain veneers, clear aligners, and teeth whitening, today’s young people are becoming more and more interested in what cosmetic dentistry can do for their smiles. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve one’s appearance, there are concerns about the safety of these treatments for growing bodies. Read on to find out what you need to know about kids and cosmetic dentistry.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening can take a variety of forms, from whitening toothpaste and over-the-counter whitening kits to professional cleanings and at-home kits from the dentist’s office. Whitening can be a good option for teens, but it’s important to consult with your dentist beforehand.

You and your teen should look before leaping into teeth whitening because the process can adversely affect the appearance of immature teeth. Most dentists recommend whitening after the age of sixteen, when the teeth have fully matured. Before that, the enamel has not achieved full calcification, making teeth more permeable and allowing the bleaching agent to seep further into the tooth than it should. This can leave your teen with lasting pain and sensitivity.

At-home kits carry a set of special problems with teens. These kits are mass-produced and not tailored to the patient’s unique mouth, meaning they can expose soft tissues to the bleaching agents intended for the teeth. This can result in gum irritation. The trays are also intended for adult mouths, so they can cause TMJ issues in immature teen mouths. At-home bleaching or bleaching immature teeth in general can leave the teeth mismatched in color.


Veneers can be a good solution to dental sports injuries like chipped or cracked teeth, or even just to correct mild imperfections in shape or alignment. Veneers, typically made of porcelain, are bonded to the surface of the tooth, covering imperfections like stains, wear, damage, or gaps.

Dental Bonding

Affordable, easily applied, and useful in addressing a variety of imperfections, dental bonding is an excellent option for children of all ages. It is a wonderful method for correcting chips, cracks, and unevenness in teeth. This procedure can be done during a routine dental visit.

Children are well aware of the importance of a healthy smile. While it’s wise to consult with a dentist before pursuing treatment, there are viable options for teens seeking to improve the appearance of their teeth.

About the Author

Dr. Michael Zhang earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dentistry. He continues to refine his dental skills with continuing training in rotary endodontics and orthodontics. His practice offers treatments including general, cosmetic, restorative, pediatric, and emergency dentistry, dental implants, and Invisalign. For more information on how cosmetic dentistry can best help your child, contact him online or dial (714) 465-5589.

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