My 7 year old son is model and I’m looking for a cosmetic pediatric dentist for him. He has 4 discolored teeth and some companies are rejecting him for auditions because of the 4 teeth. I don’t understand why they can’t just touch up the video or photos, but this is creating a problem. Our pediatric dentist won’t touch my son’s teeth in terms of trying to whiten the stains. She says they are primary teeth and she is really against altering young children’s teeth unless it’s absolutely necessary. She doesn’t see this as a necessity but this is my son’s career choice. He is a bright boy who knows he wants to model and act as an adult. How can I find a cosmetic pediatric dentist? Jael
Jael – Like your son’s current pediatric dentist, most pediatric dentists are not also cosmetic dentists. Bleaching or applying cosmetic treatment to primary teeth is not without its risks.
You can find a cosmetic dentist who also treats children. Whether or not he or she will be willing to provide cosmetic dentistry for your son is another matter. The dentist will listen to your request and explain options for brightening your son’s teeth. There are less invasive ways to handle certain issues with developing teeth.
It’s important to keep primary teeth intact because they guide permanent teeth into the correct position. You can schedule two or three consultations with cosmetic dentists who also accept young children as patients. Explain your goals for your son’s smile, and you’ll learn whether or not a dentist is willing to provide certain services or if alternatives are recommended.
Try not to get overly upset if you can’t find a dentist who will do exactly as you ask for your son’s teeth. His long-term oral health is the primary concern for a dentist.
This post is sponsored by Chatham, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.