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3 Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures For Kids

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Can children benefit from cosmetic dentistry? That's a question that more and more parents are starting to ask. It's common for parents to shy away from any mention of cosmetic dentistry because they equate it with optional, purely superficial procedures like teeth whitening and veneers. However, the truth is that cosmetic dentists, like Dansville Family Dental Care, provide procedures and services that are both functional and aesthetic. Take a look at a few of the reasons your child might need a cosmetic dentist.

Repairing a Break

Some kids play harder than others, and when you play hard, you risk certain injuries. Even if your child breaks a baby tooth, your dentist may recommend that you have it fixed to avoid decay, damage to the surrounding teeth, and cuts or sores on the lips or gums. Your child may need bonding, a partial false tooth, or even a crown. Since primary teeth help guide adjacent erupting teeth into their proper positions, your dentist may put in a false tooth to mitigate future issues with crooked teeth.

Straightening Crooked Teeth

Tooth straightening is much more than just a cosmetic issue. Improperly aligned teeth can lead to problems with chewing, headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, and so on. The earlier crooked teeth can be straightened, the less likely it is that your child will develop lasting problems from those misaligned teeth.

Invisible braces, often provided by both orthodontists and cosmetic dentists, have become a popular option since they can be taken out for eating and brushing. Having the option to go to either a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist for braces opens up more possibilities for parents searching for convenient and affordable teeth-straightening options for their kids.

Using Microabrasion

While tooth bleaching is generally not recommended for children, some children do develop stains and discolored spots on their teeth that they may want to get rid of. There are many things that can cause discoloration of the teeth; for children, the most common culprits are injuries that cause dead tooth nerves, fluorosis from ingesting too much fluoride (usually from water or toothpaste), and certain medications.

Cosmetic dentists can help by using a process known as microabrasion. Using a mild acid and an abrasive tool, the dentist can actually remove tiny pieces of discolored enamel, restoring a child's bright, white smile and improving their confidence. 

If your child breaks a tooth or has crooked or stained teeth, you should consider scheduling a consultation with a cosmetic dentist to find out if their services could benefit your child.