Many people believe that cosmetic dentistry is just for adults. But that is simply not the case. Not only are there a variety of cosmetic dental procedures designed to help your kid’s smile shine, but there are also dentists such as those at Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry trained in cosmetic dental care for kids. We know that parents and caregivers want to provide the best smile possible for their kids. And when your child has poor teeth due to metal fillings, crowns, or some other reason, it can wreak havoc on their self-esteem and confidence. Read on to learn more about the various cosmetic dentistry for kids options available to help your child flash their best smile possible.

What is cosmetic dentistry for kids?

Like we said, parents want their kids to have the best smile possible. But despite even the best efforts in maintaining an excellent dental hygiene routine at home, dental decay can happen. In addition, kids can have accidents and break or crack their teeth, and kids are also highly prone to teeth staining due to some of the foods they eat. When your child has broken, misshapen, or discolored teeth, they may feel less inclined to flash a smile to others. And if your child is ashamed of their smile in any way, it can have a detrimental effect on their self-esteem. But all is not lost! Here are some of the cosmetic dental treatments we use to restore smiles.

Dental Sealants

Both kids and their parents can benefit from dental sealants. However, the earlier you get them, the more benefit your teeth will experience. Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface at the back of the teeth. Though they are not intended to replace daily brushing or flossing, sealants can help keep cavities or dental caries from forming.

We often describe sealants the same way as the American Dental Association does, as raincoats for the teeth. When the bacteria in your child’s mouth comes into contact with leftover food particles, it turns into acids that can form holes in their teeth. When a sealant is applied, it keeps those food particles away and prevents the bacteria and acid from settling on the teeth. Dental sealants can last for several years, which means they provide long-lasting results that help your child’s smile shine. As such, dental sealants are quite common when it comes to cosmetic dentistry for kids.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Amalgam fillings, otherwise known as metal fillings, continue to be used all over the world. And, these fillings are safe, stable, and long-lasting. There are a variety of famous people who have amalgam fillings. However, that said, metal fillings are best reserved for the teeth in the back of the mouth. Because unless you want your smile to look like Richard Kiel’s when he played Jaws, the James Bond villain from years ago, the chances are that your child would prefer a tooth-colored filling, especially for those front teeth.

And parents, let’s face it, when cavities strike, you don’t want to sacrifice your child’s bright and beautiful smile to a silver filling. Instead, here at Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry, we provide tooth-colored fillings composed of resin rather than metal. These dental fillings adhere to your child’s surrounding tooth, creating a durable and long-lasting bond. Not only that, but our team takes the extra time to match the filling color to your kid’s natural teeth. No one but you, your child, and the team at Spinnaker Family Dentistry will know the filling is there. Instead, your child’s smile will be left intact and will shine in school and family photos.

Zirconia Crowns

Dental crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth to prevent further damage from happening. Zirconia crowns protect, cover, and restore the shape of your child’s teeth when a dental filling won’t solve the problem. Spinnaker Pediatric Dentistry uses EZCrowns, which are specialty pediatric dental crowns designed just for kids. EZCrowns provide an excellent fit for a durable bond and parents can rest easy knowing that their child’s crown is securely in place.

Made of zirconia, EZCrowns are one of the best crowns available today. Zirconia EZCrowns are elegant, enduring, and aesthetically beautiful and will be sure to make your child’s smile shine. EZCrowns contain no metal and are tooth colored, blending in beautifully with your child’s other natural teeth. And, as an added benefit, zirconia is a durable material not prone to cracking or breaking, making these the best dental crowns for children.

See how Spinnaker Family Dentistry has the best cosmetic dentistry for kids.

Suppose your child lacks the white smile that they deserve and you are looking for a dentist who will offer a happy experience and a gentle dental visit and cleaning. Spinnaker Dental Specialists in Salem, Oregon, might be the right place for you. So if your child is due for a dental cleaning or in need of white teeth or white fillings, now is the time to request an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and your child to see how cosmetic dentistry can help your kid’s smile shine.