Improve Your Teen’s Smile in Time for High School Graduation

Teen Smile

High school graduation day is a big event for your teen and your family, so you want to make sure his/her smile looks great for the special occasion. We all know how important having a nice smile can be. It is one of the first things people notice about you and you are a lot more confident when you actually feel confident in your smile.

With graduation day quickly approaching, here is a look at 5 easy ways to quickly improve your teen's smile in time for the big event.

1. Teeth whitening

Getting a professional tooth whitening by a dentist is one of the fastest ways to get pearly, white teeth. Sure, there are lots of over-the-counter products that one can use at home, but your dentist uses significantly stronger whiteners in the clinic. Some of these require the use of a dental laser.

Also, your dentist will ensure your whitening treatment is done in a safe way, which ensures your gums and teeth remain healthy afterward.

2. Tooth bonding

Bonding might be the way to go if your teen is unhappy with the way some of his/her teeth look. During the bonding process, the dentist applies dental bonds to your tooth to fuse your dentin and enamel. These bonding materials typically consist of resins or porcelain and they can correct oddly-shaped or broken teeth.

3. Crowns

Crowns are used to cover teeth that are badly damaged. The crown has a restorative and cosmetic function. It protects the tooth it covers from the air, food particles and acids in your mouth. It also looks and functions just like your natural teeth, so it is a great way to restore your smile if you are dealing with a couple of badly-damaged or stained teeth.

4. Veneers

While veneers are a fast way to get your teen the perfect smile him/her wants, it is important to understand the procedure before making a decision. A veneer is a thin shell that serves as a cover for the front of your teeth, masking any imperfections on them. Veneers are designed to look just like your natural teeth, so people will not even be able to tell that your teen has had some work done.

Veneers are a permanent solution for badly-stained and discolored teeth. Your dentist will file a small portion of your teen's enamel off before placing each veneer. This ensures that the veneers do not end up making your child's teeth appear bulky.

5. Braces

If your teen has poorly-aligned teeth, braces are the way to go. You should note that braces typically take somewhere between 12 to 18 months to correct most issues, so you want to start this treatment during your teen's sophomore or junior year. Braces work by applying constant pressure to your teeth, eventually moving them into the proper alignment.

Braces have evolved a lot since the days of bulky metal ones, and your teen now has the option of getting clear braces that are virtually invisible. Contact a dentist to learn more about how you can improve your teen's smile in time for graduation.

Please call Advanced Family Dentistry today at (520) 353-3002 or go to for more information!

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