Cosmetic dentistry has redefined the way people look at their teeth. Now, more than ever before, the appearance of teeth can be altered and improved by a cosmetic dentist to give you the ideal smile you have always dreamed of.
It should come as no surprise to most people that appearance-conscious teens would be quick to jump on this trend. Younger and younger teens are starting to see cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth whitening as a quick and easy way to brighten their grin.
It is important to remember that although many cosmetic dentistry procedures carry few risks to adults, teens may be at a higher risk for certain complications and may need to consider other age-specific factors.
Teeth Whitening for Teens
Teeth whitening is by far the most commonly performed cosmetic dental procedure. In addition to professional in-chair whitening, an almost limitless variety of over-the-counter teeth whitening products are available at most drug stores.
If your teen is considering a teeth whitening dental treatment, you should have them speak with your dentist about what products best meet their needs. A dentist will also be able to ensure that your teen is properly instructed on using a teeth whitening system if they choose an at-home treatment.
It is recommended that teens only undergo a whitening treatment if all of their permanent teeth are fully grown in. If teeth have not fully emerged from the gum line, whitening may cause a two-tone effect once the teeth are completely exposed.