Dental FAQs for Teens

Are Teens Candidates for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry continues to become more popular as techniques advance both in ease of treatment and in enhanced results. Teens and young adults are reaping the benefits also. No one feels confident when they are unhappy with their appearance and teens are extremely image conscious.

One popular cosmetic treatment is Zoom ® Laser Whitening. Now teens 15 or older are being treated safely and successfully. Teeth lighten noticeably in just one visit. Patients are fitted with custom-made trays to maintain the color at home.

Another popular cosmetic procedure is laminate veneers or Lumineers®. These are ultra-thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front of existing teeth and are appropriate for all ages. Both durable and natural-looking, veneers are the ultimate in aesthetics. There is no longer a reason to put up with gaps, unattractively shaped or unevenly sized teeth that orthodontics cannot repair. Veneers can be placed to correct nature’s imperfections or the results of an injury. Veneers can also be used to cover tetracycline-stained teeth. And at the Children’s Dental Health Center at Englewood Dental, we have our own in-house lab technicians so the color and shape of the veneers can be matched precisely to the patient’s other teeth. Veneers can be done in just two visits…convenient treatment with beautiful results.

Bonding is another excellent method for correcting chipped or broken teeth. It is affordable, quick and can repair many flaws and injuries. It is similar to sculpting individual teeth with a special material that looks, acts and feels like the real thing. If your teen is not happy with the smile nature bestowed, call our office for a free consultation to discuss treatment options (normal value $l45).

Is Tongue Piercing On Your Teen’s List of Must Haves?

Tongue piercing has become increasingly prevalent amongst teens. The procedure may seem innocuous but it actually poses a high risk of complications. Complications can include pain, edema, prolonged bleeding after piercing, infection, gingival injury, tooth fracture and the possible swallowing of the jewelry, amongst others. The National Institute of Health has identified piercing as a possible method for transmission of hepatitis as well. Teens need to be made fully aware of the risks before they decide on piercing. If problems occur afterwards, they need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible.

What should I do if my child’s permanent tooth is knocked out?

Find the tooth and rinse it gently in cool water. (Do not scrub it or clean it with soap — use just water!) If possible, replace the tooth in the socket and hold it there with clean gauze or a washcloth. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a clean container with milk, saliva, or water. Call our office immediately, the faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth. We do offer emergency visits.