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Teenagers can have the same smile-disrupting tooth flaws as adults. But not all cosmetic treatments available to adults are appropriate for teenagers—at least not until they get a little older. Dental veneers fall into that category.
A veneer is a thin porcelain shell custom-made by a dental lab, and bonded by a dentist to the face of a tooth to mask chips, stains, gaps or other imperfections. Because they're less invasive than other measures, veneers are highly popular as a cosmetic dental solution. They do, however, usually require some enamel removal so that they'll appear more natural.
This enamel removal typically won't impact an adult tooth other than it permanently requires it to have veneers or other restorations after alteration. But there is a risk of damage to a teenager's tooth, which hasn't fully developed.
Adolescent teeth usually have a larger pulp chamber (filled with an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels) than adult teeth. And because the enamel and dentin layers may not yet be fully developed, the pulp is much nearer to the tooth's surface.
We must be very careful then in removing enamel and dentin for veneers or we may penetrate the pulp and risk damaging it. Alternatively, there is the possibility of no-prep veneers which are very conservative but often are unable to be done because of the need to often remove tooth structure to make the veneers look natural.
Another cosmetic problem can occur if we place veneers on a patient's teeth whose jaws and mouth structures are still growing. Eventually, the gums could recede and an unsightly gap form between the veneer and the adjacent natural tooth.
Fortunately, there are other techniques we can use to improve a tooth's appearance. Mild chipping can be repaired by bonding composite resin material to the tooth. Some forms of staining may be overcome with teeth whitening. These and other methods can address a teenager's smile appearance until their teeth are mature enough for veneers.
Whether or not a tooth is ready for veneers will depend on its level of development, something that can often be ascertained with x-rays or other diagnostic methods. And if a tooth has already undergone a root canal treatment, there isn't as much concern. In the meantime, though, it may be better for your teen to wait on veneers and try other techniques to enhance their smile.
If you would like more information on dental restoration for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”
Find out why so many people are turning to dental veneers to enhance their appearance.
Who doesn’t want a smile that they feel confident showing off? Curious about the cosmetic benefits of turning to our Ukrainian Village, Chicago cosmetic dentists Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski for dental veneers? Here are the top 4 reasons why people say “yes” to this popular cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Get an Instantly Whiter Smile With Veneers Ukrainian Village
While yellow stains respond wonderfully to teeth whitening treatment, even this powerful system can’t treat all stains. If you have deep internal stains caused by certain medications, health conditions, or even smoking, then you’ll be relieved to find out that our Ukrainian Village dental team can provide dental veneers to help you achieve a whiter smile. Each veneer is custom-made based on your own cosmetic goals, so if you are looking to hide stained teeth and get a smile that’s several shades whiter, veneers can help.
Get Straighter Teeth
Do your lower front teeth overlap one another? Do you have a gap between your front teeth that you would love to get rid of? Most adults have slightly crooked teeth that make them feel self-conscious, but not enough for them to consider wearing braces. The good news is that veneers provided by your Ukrainian Village dentist could give you a straighter smile without ever needing to wear braces.
Make Teeth Stronger
While veneers are a purely cosmetic treatment, we can’t ignore the health benefits that some patients experience with veneers. Veneers are made from an incredibly strong, medical-grade porcelain. This porcelain layer is bonded directly to the front of the tooth, which provides it with a protective barrier. This means that veneers could make your teeth stronger while also reducing tooth sensitivity.
Your New Smile is Stain Resistant
Another reason many people turn to our dentists for veneers is that these restorations are made from stain-resistant porcelain. This means that once you get your new teeth you don’t have to worry about them developing stains. Of course, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene and limit certain dark foods and drinks; however, you never have to worry about your new smile fading.
If you are interested in getting dental veneers here in Ukrainian Village, Chicago then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dental team here at Miswak Dentistry. Call Dr. Tariq Riyal and Dr. Thomas Kaminski today at (773) 661-0330 and get one step closer to a smile you love.
You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone playing hockey, racing motocross or duking it out in an ultimate fighter match had a tooth knocked out. But acting in a movie? That's exactly what happened to Howie Mandel, well-known comedian and host of TV's America's Got Talent and Deal or No Deal. And not just any tooth, but one of his upper front teeth—with the other one heavily damaged in the process.
The accident occurred during the 1987 filming of Walk Like a Man in which Mandel played a young man raised by wolves. In one scene, a co-star was supposed to yank a bone from Howie's mouth. The actor, however, pulled the bone a second too early while Howie still had it clamped between his teeth. Mandel says you can see the tooth fly out of his mouth in the movie.
But trooper that he is, Mandel immediately had two crowns placed to restore the damaged teeth and went back to filming. The restoration was a good one, and all was well with his smile for the next few decades.
Until, that is, he began to notice a peculiar discoloration pattern. Years of coffee drinking had stained his other natural teeth, but not the two prosthetic (“false”) crowns in the middle of his smile. The two crowns, bright as ever, stuck out prominently from the rest of his teeth, giving him a distinctive look: “I looked like Bugs Bunny,” Mandel told Dear Doctor—Dentistry & Oral Health magazine.
His dentist, though, had a solution: dental veneers. These thin wafers of porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to mask slight imperfections like chipping, gaps or discoloration. Veneers are popular way to get an updated and more attractive smile. Each veneer is custom-shaped and color-matched to the individual tooth so that it blends seamlessly with the rest of the teeth.
One caveat, though: most veneers can look bulky if placed directly on the teeth. To accommodate this, traditional veneers require that some of the enamel be removed from your tooth so that the veneer does not add bulk when it is placed over the front-facing side of your tooth. This permanently alters the tooth and requires it have a restoration from then on.
In many instances, however, a “minimal prep” or “no-prep” veneer may be possible, where, as the names suggest, very little or even none of the tooth's surface needs to be reduced before the veneer is placed. The type of veneer that is recommended for you will depend on the condition of your enamel and the particular flaw you wish to correct.
Many dental patients opt for veneers because they can be used in a variety of cosmetic situations, including upgrades to previous dental work as Howie Mandel experienced. So if slight imperfections are putting a damper on your smile, veneers could be the answer.
If you would like more information about veneers and other cosmetic dental enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”
Just like adults, teenagers experience chipped, stained or disfigured teeth. And during a life stage where issues with appearance can be acutely painful, these defects call out for a solution.
And, there is one: porcelain veneers. These thin wafers of custom-made porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to cover dental flaws. They’re one of the least invasive—and most affordable—methods for smile enhancement.
There is one caveat, though: The affected teeth will most likely need alteration. Veneers can look bulky when bonded directly to teeth, so we compensate for this by removing some of the surface enamel. This changes the tooth permanently, to the point that it will always require a veneer or some other form of restoration.
But although this may be a minor issue for an adult, it could pose a problem for a teenager. That’s because the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth containing nerves and blood vessels, is larger in a younger adolescent tooth than in an older adult tooth. Because of its size, it’s closer to the tooth’s surface. During enamel reduction for veneers on a young tooth, this could lead to inadvertent nerve damage. If that happens, the tooth may need a root canal treatment to preserve it.
If the adolescent tooth needing a “facelift” has already been root canaled or sustained significant structural damage, then altering it for veneers may not be too concerning. Likewise, if the teeth are smaller than normal, the bulkiness of a veneer may actually improve appearance and not require alteration. We’ll need to examine a young patient first before making any recommendations.
There are also alternatives to veneers for improving smile appearance. Enamel staining could be enhanced temporarily with teeth whitening. Small chips can be repaired with bonded dental material, or in skilled hands be used to “build” a veneer one layer at a time with no enamel reduction. Although not as durable as regular veneers, these bonding techniques could buy time until the tooth is more mature for veneers.
Whichever path we take, there are effective ways to transform a teenager’s flawed tooth. And that can make for an even better smile.
If you would like more information on dental restorations for teenagers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Veneers for Teenagers.”
Improving your smile may seem like a hopeless effort, especially if the imperfections in your smile seem to outweigh the beautiful parts. However, with dental veneers, you can repair imperfections, correct small misalignments, and even restore the color of your teeth in just a few dental appointments. Find out more about dental veneers with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL.
Am I a candidate for veneers?
A good candidate for veneers is in excellent dental health and understands the importance of an at-home dental routine paired with bi-annual dental examinations and professional cleanings. Though keeping your veneers healthy is the same process, proper dental hygiene becomes more important than ever when it comes to extending the life of dental veneers or other restorations. In addition to keeping your smile healthy and clean, a good candidate for veneers should be free from teeth decay or gum disease.
What can veneers repair in my smile?
Think of a veneer as a super-thin shell which fits over the face of your tooth, masking its flaws and covering the whole tooth to give it a new appearance in one fell swoop. With this method, veneers can help improve the appearance of a tooth with several problems, including:
- yellowed appearance
- discolorations or stains
- slight misalignments
- slight overcrowding
- small gaps
Dental Veneers in Chicago, IL
If you think you could benefit from dental veneers, you should consult with your dentist to determine if this is the best treatment for your smile. The process will require several dental visits and at least two weeks for a dental laboratory to custom make your veneers. Your dentist may place temporary veneers to protect your teeth in the meantime. Your dentist will also prepare your teeth prior to placing the veneers. This process involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth to make room for the dental veneer.
For more information on dental veneers, please consider a consultation with Dr. Tariq Riyal at Miswak Dentistry in Ukranian Village in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 661-0330 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Riyal and the staff at Miswak Dentistry today!