When considering cosmetic dentistry for adults, we often think of veneers, tooth whitening, and other procedures to create a beautiful smile. The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to enhance your smile, brighten otherwise dull or stained teeth, improve the shape of your teeth, correct chips or cracks, and, most importantly, boost your self-confidence.
Cosmetic dental services can help give you balance in your life and make you feel like smiling again. And when it comes to children, cosmetic dentistry focuses on imperfections such as gaps between the teeth, alignment issues, and things we can do to prevent premature tooth decay.
What is kids’ cosmetic dentistry?
Although the overall goal of cosmetic dentistry for kids is the same—achieving a beautiful smile—the approach to kids’ cosmetic dentistry is slightly different to what you might think for adults. When it comes to kids, the goal is to take the proper steps to protect your child’s beautiful smile.
And that very first step involves finding the right pediatric dentist for your child. The right pediatric dentist will be well-trained in working with kids, and have gone the extra mile in their education and training.
The right pediatric dentist will engage with you, the parent, in your child’s dental care. So be prepared to discuss your goals and wishes for your child’s smile, social behavior, and any concerns you may have.
During your discussions with your child’s pediatric dentist, one of the following treatments may be recommended.
Dental sealants are a very popular dental service for kids. And they are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities. Sealants are painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in your child’s mouth. Once applied, dental sealants can effectively protect against 80% of cavities for two years, and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to four years. At We Make Kids Smile, your kids’ dentist in Prince Frederick or Waldorf, MD, we recommend kids get dental sealants around age six or when their first molars come in, and again around age 12 when their second molars come in.
If your child has a chipped tooth, it can’t be left alone. Without professional dental intervention and treatment, the chipped tooth will be susceptible to infection and can worsen with time. Zirconia crowns are often recommended as a kids’ cosmetic dentistry treatment to restore a chipped tooth or to help a tooth recover from decay. And don’t confuse zirconia for metal. Zirconia is a highly durable monolithic ceramic, which means a zirconia crown is not only long-lasting but also natural looking.
Early Interceptive Orthodontics
Let’s face it: not all kids have straight teeth. It is estimated that approximately 45% of kids need braces to fix problems such as a misaligned bite. Still, nearly 75% of children could benefit from orthodontics to fix crooked teeth and improve their facial shape. Interceptive orthodontics can correct common issues in kids, such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or another oral misalignment. Early interceptive orthodontics implies that addressing orthodontic issues early on makes these challenges easier to correct than waiting until the problem worsens with time.
Kids’ cosmetic dentistry helps ensure a beautiful smile for your child.
Every child deserves a beautiful smile, and smiling is an integral part of childhood. It gives their immune systems a boost. It helps to lessen stress. It helps to improve academic performance, and smiling is even contagious. We’re serious, and suggest you try it for yourself. The next time you go somewhere, try smiling at someone. The chances are that person will smile back. Try smiling at 10 people. At least eight people will smile back. Now, think about that for your child and what it can mean for their childhood experience. The more they smile, the more people will smile back at them. This means more friendships, more playdates, and more happy days.
But if your child doesn’t like their smile because they have crooked teeth or a toothache from tooth decay, then the chances are they don’t feel like smiling as often as we would want them to. Kids’ cosmetic dentistry treatments can help if this is the case.
Let the kids’ dentist in Prince Frederick or Waldorf, MD, help your child’s smile.
If your child has a dental issue that keeps them from smiling, let us partner with you to get them smiling again. Start by requesting an appointment to get a date and time on the calendar. Our team is committed to making your child’s dental visit one filled with fun and sincere warmth in a caring, “child-friendly” environment. Our dentists and team members have years of experience working with kids, and we’re professionals at helping kids smile. We can’t wait to see you.