You can brush your teeth, rinse, and then wash out the taste with a glass of orange juice. Should you do that? In my experience, absolutely not – there are few worse tasting experiences than minty toothpaste and orange juice. This goes to illustrate a fundamental principle we’re going to be talking about in this article: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
So it goes with veneers and young people. You could technically put veneers on baby teeth – it would just be a terrible idea. You see, veneers are cosmetic, and the most intrusive part of placing them is roughing up the enamel so the veneer can better adhere to the tooth. That said, the baby tooth you’d apply the veneer to would eventually fall out. It’s almost always a bad idea to do cosmetic work with a child so young – everything is far too likely to change!
Now we come to those in their pre-teen and teen years. There’s more of an argument for veneers here. Their permanent teeth are in, after all, so there’s no chance of losing the base the veneer is placed onto. Most dentists will still hesitate to place veneers on the teeth of a teenager, however.
This isn’t one of those cases where professionals don’t trust teenagers to make decisions for themselves – rather, it’s because your teeth may continue to grow for some time after your teen years. Wisdom tooth eruption can change the alignment of your teeth, too. What’s more, many teenagers go through some form of orthodontic treatment – you can’t have braces and veneers at the same time. What’s more, once orthodontics change how your teeth are aligned, it could very well change where you need your veneers. It might even rid you of the need for veneers entirely!
That brings us back to our original point. While, as you can see, you can get veneers at almost any time (please don’t take this as an endorsement for baby veneers), you probably shouldn’t get veneers until later in life. Dentists generally start looking at veneers as an option when a patient is in or past their early twenties.
Of course, age is only a number, and it’s one of several different factors your dentist should look at if you’re considering veneers. Other important questions include:
- Are the teeth you want to get veneers on healthy?
- Do those teeth have enough enamel?
- Do you grind your teeth?
- Why do you want veneers? Would another procedure be more suitable?
Here at Markham Dental, we take pride in our diligence and our dentist-patient relationships. We’ll ask you all of the questions above and more when we talk about whether or not veneers are the right option for you. Looking for a Winnipeg veneers dentist? Give us a call.