I am 21 years old and want to get a smile makeover. I had braces years ago, but some of the gaps are back. Plus, I was a bit of what my parents dubbed a tom-boy so I’ve chipped quite a few teeth. Now, I’m graduating from college soon and want to start thinking about a professional look. I want a nice smile. Am I too young to get porcelain veneers? If so, would bonding be a good substitute? As for the dentist, my general dentist doesn’t do porcelain veneers but said he’s willing to learn if it is important to me. I’m not sure I want to wait for him to learn so do I just look for one who already does them?
I am glad you wrote. You have some great questions. Let’s jump right in. First, you are not too young for porcelain veneers. The important factor is that all your teeth are fully developed. This generally happens around 18 years of age, so you should be fine. I don’t recommend dental bonding for full smile makeovers. They are not as useful over large surfaces. Instead, their sweet spots are small gaps or chips. You mentioned those, but if you have a lot of them and/or want to change other things about your smile, you are still better off with porcelain veneers. They are more durable, as well as beautiful.
You are wise not to go with your general dentist. It takes years of post-doctoral training, as well some natural artistry to be skilled with doing smile makeovers. It is not something taught in dental school, nor is it a recognized specialty. As a result, it is up to the patient to figure out the best dentist to do their smile makeover.
I am going to suggest that you use a dentist who has reached accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. AACD accredited dentists are proven in both their technical knowledge as well as their artistry. You will get a stunning smile.
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