Dental Veneers For Teens

Posted on: 19 September 2017

When it comes to teeth, the teenage years can bring a lot of changes. Orthodontic work is common during this stage in life and many teens find that their smile changes a lot as they become young adults. Certain issues, such as irregularly shaped teeth, stains, chips, and spaces between the teeth, also become more noticeable during the teen years. While braces and other dental work can help correct these issues, dental veneers may also be something to consider. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to dental veneers and teens.

What They Can Correct

When determining whether or not veneers are the right option for a teen, it's important to consider what they are capable of. Veneers can correct a variety of cosmetic issues. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite that is bonded to the teeth. Veneers work well for correcting discoloration, closing small gaps, as well as repairing chips and cracks. Veneers can also make teeth appear more aligned without the use of orthodontics. While veneers can do a lot to improve the look of the smile, other dental procedures may be necessary. 


Another thing to consider when it comes to veneers is their lifespan. Veneers last on average between 10 and 15 years. Eventually veneers will need to be replaced. The lifespan of veneers should be considered carefully since they will eventually need to be replaced as teens continue on into adulthood. Veneers can also be damaged by eating hard foods and stained from eating and drinking with coffee being a common culprit. Veneers can also be damaged during contact sports. Teens who have veneers and play a contact sport should always wear a mouth guard for protection.


Another thing to consider when it comes to teens and dental veneers is the cost. Dental veneers are an investment. Porcelain veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth while composite costs between $250 and $1,500 per tooth. In comparison braces cost between $5,000 and $6,000 while teeth whitening is usually just a few hundred at the dentist. Veneers when done on multiple teeth can be far more expensive than braces. The costs of different dental procedures should be considered carefully when determining whether or not veneers are the right choice for a teen.

Teeth can undergo a lot of changes during a person's teen years. Dental veneers can correct a lot of cosmetic issues that may arise during this time. However, there are a few things to keep in mind. While veneers can do a lot cosmetically for a smile, sometimes orthodontics or other dental treatments are necessary. Dental veneers also have a lifespan of around a decade, eventually they will need to be replaced. Dental veneers can also be very expensive and may not be the right option if multiple teeth need corrections.