A practice that was once quite rare, performing cosmetic dentistry on children is increasingly common. When it comes to your child’s smile, cosmetic restorations increase function with an aesthetic appeal.
Tooth-colored composite fillings are a popular and natural-looking cosmetic option used on children. One obvious benefit to composite fillings is that they require less tooth preparation than silver fillings. Thus, they maximize healthy tooth enamel, and help dentists take a more conservative approach in filling teeth. Many also conclude that tooth-colored fillings promote greater self-esteem by not bringing attention to the area where a cavity was filled (unlike silver colored fillings).
Braces are another cosmetic measure used by dentists to repair and straighten a child’s smile. While braces can be applied during adulthood, changing the shape of a smile is generally easier in the formative and adolescent years.
In addition to natural-looking composite fillings and braces, cosmetic dentistry is widely used to repair chipped or broken teeth. Accidents and sports-related injuries to the mouth are common during childhood. Depending on the severity of the damage to teeth, dentists have several options. For instance, a partial false tooth can be applied, or even veneers or a full crown.
While cosmetic options should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist, parents should know that this type of dentistry is not merely an aesthetic one. It’s true that the benefits of cosmetic dentistry can lead to better self-esteem. Yet, it can also increase your child’s awareness concerning oral health, and encourage better oral hygiene for the future.
Dr. Leia Porcaro and the skilled staff at Grateful Dental are equipped to treat all facets of your child’s smile. We believe that a healthy and confident smile starts young, and we strive to provide convenient and comfortable options for everyone. If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry for your child, you can be sure that Dr. Porcaro will address your concerns with a compassionate and conscientious approach, with your child’s best smile in mind. Call us today!