Veneers can revolutionize the aesthetic of almost any smile. Whether you are dealing with cosmetic or functional issues, veneers are designed to restore function and provide a healthy, aligned smile that is sure to impress. With this aesthetic appeal, younger and younger individuals are exploring the option of veneers. Especially when young people are searching for solutions to aesthetic issues, parents often find themselves asking this question:
“How young is too young for veneers?”
Fortunately for parents and young people alike, the answer to this question is simpler than you might expect. However, before exploring veneers, it is important to understand exactly how they work and what they require to be successful.
What exactly are veneers?
Veneers are thin shells—often made from porcelain—that are attached to the front of a tooth to cover up damage or other aesthetic issues. For cracked, chipped, and broken teeth, veneers cover the blemish and provide added protection for the damaged areas. This can help resolve pain issues related to damaged teeth, while also covering up any unsightly issues caused by the damage. Veneers are bonded to the surface of your tooth before being shaped and filed to match the natural aesthetic of your smile. The bonding offers exceptional durability, restoring full functionality to your tooth. Veneers can also be used to cover gaps in between teeth or enhance the aesthetic of crooked teeth by being placed at a more optimal angle. As a result, many teenagers and young adults are exploring veneers as an option to correct aesthetic issues.
So, how old should you be?
Fortunately, there are no specific restrictions based on age for those seeking veneers to correct their dental issues. Most dentists recommend waiting until at least 16 years old for women and 18 years old for men. Many young adults pursue this as a simple—and largely permanent—solution to the aesthetic issues they have from their teeth. However, there are a number of standard guidelines that most dental practitioners follow when it comes to cosmetic veneers, which can impact who is able to get veneers and when they can have them mounted to their teeth. Here are a few of the requirements:
Oral Health Check
Before getting approved for veneers, you must get an oral health check from a dentist. This process will help ensure that veneers are the most appropriate solution to your dental issues. As well, it is an efficient way to ensure your veneer implantation will be successful. Your dentist will check for cavities, gum issues and gum disease, and other oral health ailments. These issues can compromise the integrity of your veneers—or even lead to serious infections—if not addressed before they are mounted to your teeth. Dentists may also advise against veneers in cases of heavily stained teeth, as unhealthy teeth have a higher risk for complications after the veneer implantation.
No History of Dental Trauma
Beyond your oral hygiene practices, a dentist will also examine your teeth to make sure you do not have a history of serious dental trauma. Veneers can help cover chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. However, if the tooth is too far damaged and the root is exposed or compromised, even a veneer may not be able to protect against long-term damage. This can cause significant pain in patients, eventually leading to infections, surgery, and tooth replacement. If your tooth appears to be too damaged to support a veneer, your dental practitioner can explore alternatives with you.
You Have Stopped Growing
Finally, most dentists will make sure you have stopped growing and reached physical maturity before mounting veneers to your teeth. For those who are still growing and whose teeth are still developing, veneers can present a number of problems. As teeth move, they can cause significant pain, and this can be multiplied if a veneer has been mounted on a tooth that is moving. Not only can this damage your veneers and force expensive replacement options, but this can also compromise the natural development of your teeth. This is why veneers are best suited to young adults who have stopped growing and whose teeth are fully developed.
Veneers for Young Adults
Because of the aesthetic appeal, young adults are drawn to veneers as a solution to a variety of dental issues. Here are some of the benefits of veneers for young adults:
For young adults ranging from 16 to 21 years old, the aesthetic appeal of veneers is one of their biggest draws. Many children and teenagers who are not comfortable with the aesthetic of their teeth lack self-confidence in their teenage years. Veneers are a simple, quick solution to these aesthetic issues, which can help revitalize a young adult’s self-confidence. For those who have suffered from bullying and teasing because of their teeth, this happiness and peace of mind is truly invaluable.
Veneers are designed to improve the function of your teeth, which can make chewing and even talking much more comfortable. While this is usually a more crucial benefit for elderly dental patients, many young adults suffer from an awkward bite or slight lisp due to imperfections in their teeth. By addressing these issues with veneers, young adults can gain the ability to bite, chew, and speak with ease.
Finally, chipped and cracked teeth can cause a significant amount of pain, especially when there is an infection or root is exposed. This pain can be magnified by chewing food, speaking, or even breathing. Veneers can help cover the exposed area of your teeth, revitalizing the aesthetic and protecting the original ailment from harm. In this way, veneers can significantly reduce a patient’s pain.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services to families and young adults in Guelph. As a family practice, we serve people of all ages, offering everything from routine cleaning services to the implantation of dental devices like veneers.