Young Smiles, Big Changes: Navigating Cosmetic Dentistry for Teens

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — southlakedental @ 7:35 pm
Two teens smiling after their cosmetic dentistry treatments

At any given moment, teens are under intense societal pressure, especially from their peers. In the information age, reputations are built online through personal “brands” as much as they are in person. A large part of that is their self-image, their smile broadcast to the world at all times. So, is it any wonder that teenagers are starting to ask for cosmetic dentistry?

If you’re a parent wondering if cosmetic dentistry is okay for teens, continue reading. You’ll learn all about the most popular treatments and how they can help your child be their best self.

Teeth Whitening

If you’re on the fence about whether cosmetic dentistry is right for your child, consider professional teeth whitening treatments. This is the easiest and least invasive procedure offered that will brighten their teeth by several shades. You can see how responsible your teen will be with their results after they’re allowed to test the waters.

Gum Recontouring

“Gummy smiles” can make teens self-conscious about their teeth. The extra gum tissue around each tooth can make them appear small or unhealthy. Gum recontouring uses a state-of-the-art pain-free laser to reshape the gumline to improve their grin.

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding is a great way to fix cracks, chips, or slightly uneven surfaces of teeth. If your teen has any of these dental imperfections, this treatment will cover it. A small amount of dental resin is placed on the tooth and then shaped to restore the appearance and function.


Dental veneers are the ultimate cosmetic treatment for your aspiring YouTube star or social media influencer. Even if they don’t plan on building a multi-media empire, they may have confidence issues related to their teeth.

Veneers are hard porcelain shells that are adhered to the front of their pearly whites. These will cover a wide range of appearance detractors like discoloration, chips, and slight misalignments all at once.

While you may not be ready to commit to letting your child get some of these treatments, you have the information you need. It’s good to keep in mind that attractive smiles are worth more than a few followers. A great grin could lead to better mental health and a boost of confidence for other endeavors.  

About the Practice

At Southlake Family Dentistry, Dr. Priya Chougule and Dr. Ashley Fasone work hard to ensure that they give top-quality care. Both dentists share a passion for what they do and strive to provide a comfortable environment for their patients. Whether it’s cosmetic dentistry or restoring a full smile, they are ready with the latest dental technology. To schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation, call (803) 548-3342 or visit the website to explore other services.

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