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Is my daughter too young for porcelain veneers?

My 16 year old daughter hates her teeth. Mainly just the ones in front, but she literally hides from the camera. They are yellow and kind of crooked. One is also longer than the other. To a 16 year old, this is torture! She has heard of porcelain veneers and is willing to help pay for them. All of her permanent teeth are in properly. Do you think she is too young for porcelain veneers?

– Sandra in Florida

Sandra,

Porcelain veneers are beautiful when they are done by a highly skilled cosmetic dentist. And there is not any kind of age requirement for having this kind of work done. That said, you need to be aware that there is a higher risk for a 16 year old. This is because the jaw hasn’t completely matured so they could end up needing to be replaced sooner than normal. For example, if your daughter hits a growth spurt, it may be as soon as a few years from now that they will need to be replaced.

As we get older, our bones and gums develop. This means that the edge of the veneers may become exposed and they may not look as beautiful. So to answer your question, it’s not an issue if your 16 year old daughter is old enough, it really is a case by case basis. It also depends on her overall dental health whether of not she is a candidate. It would be wise to consult with an expert cosmetic dentist. This will come down to her personal choice and yours since she is still considered a minor, but an expert cosmetic dentist should give you an honest assessment.

Good luck! We all know how sensitive teenagers are at that age.

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Will my porcelain veneers turn yellow?

One of the main reasons I decided to get porcelain veneers was to cover up my ugly, yellow teeth. I now realize I should have asked more about this before getting them put on, but I was wondering if they will turn yellow as time goes by? If so, how long until they start discolor?

– Sheila in Tennessee

Sheila,

That is a common question about porcelain veneers. No, porcelain veneers will not turn yellow. That said, the veneers are applied directly onto your natural tooth. So it is possible that the underlying tooth may pick up stains as time goes by. When the discoloration occurs underneath the veneers, the porcelain veneers may take on a slightly discolored appearance. So if you are susceptible to staining on your teeth, it would probably be a good idea to avoid coffee, teas, berries, etc. that aide in staining teeth. Also, avoid smoking not only for your teeth but for your overall health.

If your dentist didn’t already inform you, it is also important to stay away from teeth whitening or tarter control toothpastes. This may seem strange as you are trying to keep your teeth white, but there are highly abrasive whitening agents in those kinds of toothpastes which can have negative affects on the porcelain veneers. What happens is that the glaze breaks down from these whitening agents which lessens the ability of the veneers to hold up to stains.

A helpful habit to keep your smile looking it’s best would be to rinse your mouth out after drinking or eating those stain producing items.

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Do you know if porcelain veneers can be trimmed?

A couple of months ago I had porcelain veneers placed on my upper canines. I thought I liked them at first because they look pretty good. But as time as passed, I feel like they are larger and longer than they should be. They are not only uncomfortable, I know feel like they look funny. Do you know if they can be trimmed to be shorter? Or do you think my only option is to have them replaced?

– Jeremy in Florida

Jeremy,

Porcelain veneers can be trimmed. They can be made to be smaller but it is more difficult and takes a higher skill level to make them longer. This kind of cosmetic dentistry treatment needs to be done by an excellent cosmetic dentist. It is interesting that it was the two canines that you elected to have veneers placed on. Often times if an individual gets porcelain veneers, it is on the front teeth as well. So without knowing your particular situation, it is kind of a question mark as to whether or not your original dentist would be good to go back to. This is mainly due to the fact that less than two percent of dentists actually do beautiful cosmetic dentistry. And since you were unhappy the first time around, it may be worth your while to obtain a second opinion from another cosmetic dentist.

It is difficult for the patient to know any better when a dentist tells them that they can do porcelain veneers. But a general or family dentists may say they do veneers, but their artistic ability simply may not not there. So make sure you select your dentist carefully and move forward with one that you can trust. Ask to see their portfolio of work, for example ask for specific photographs of the canines. You will be able to see what they have done and ask them why they created them a certain way. You should not compromise when it comes to your smile.

Good luck to you.

This post is sponsored by Newton MA cosmetic dentist Ultimate Aesthetics Dr. Steve Bader.