Cosmetic dentistry for children and teens might sound like a radical idea. But it’s undeniable that kids today face enormous social pressure to look good, and that includes having a great smile. Fortunately, Dr. Erik Rooklidge at Dentistry for Children in Sandy, UT can give your child a “shot” of self-confidence by helping them have a smile they’re proud of.
Bad Things Happen To Kids’ Teeth, Too
Let’s face it – a lot of children and teens are accident-prone. Chips and cracks in teeth, broken teeth, and even missing teeth can be the result. Any of those can impact your child’s smile and his or her willingness to smile and laugh.
Beyond accidents, younger folks have a tendency to not take good care of their teeth. Teeth get stained and/or worn down which doesn’t present a pleasing appearance. Careless or infrequent brushing and flossing almost always leads to decay; in some cases, very extensive decay.
Enter Cosmetic Dentistry
If your child has his or her permanent (adult) teeth, protecting a damaged or worn tooth just makes sense. Keeping natural teeth wherever possible is always better, not to mention cheaper.
Dental crowns are the preferred method of protecting damaged teeth in both cases. However, today’s dental crowns do more than strengthen and protect – they also beautify the tooth and can keep your child’s smile looking great!
Even when a child’s permanent teeth haven’t come in yet, saving the baby tooth can prevent alignment problems later on. Again, having a complete, good-looking smile does wonders for a kid’s willingness to laugh and to smile. Your family photos will thank you
Cosmetic dentistry is fairly quick and generally painless. For those children who experience fear at the dentist, we can offer dental sedation to help them relax during their appointments.
An affordable and effective cosmetic dentistry technique is teeth whitening for teens. In a little as one or two in-office sessions, your child’s smile can be noticeably whiter. We also have take-home whitening programs available. We’ll be happy to discuss which option is best for your teen. In some cases, a combination of in-office whitening with at-home maintenance may be recommended.
Teeth that are aligned properly and meet properly promote better dental health, not to mention higher self-confidence. If a baby tooth goes missing prematurely, a space retainer can keep the neighboring teeth in alignment until the permanent tooth erupts.
For teens with gapped smiles, crowded teeth, or twisted teeth, orthodontic treatment is an investment that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives. Misaligned teeth are prone to excessive wear on the enamel and are harder to clean thoroughly. Dr. Erik Rooklidge at Dentistry for Children will evaluate your child’s mouth and determine the best approach to ensuring proper alignment and a winning smile.
Give Your Child Every Advantage
Schedule a cosmetic dentistry for your child. We offer a variety of payment options and payment plans. Choose either of our convenient locations today: West Valley, UT just off Bangerter Highway (801-903-2910) or Sandy, UT just off I-15 (801-872-7033).