There’s just no way of getting around it, beautiful smiles make for the best first impressions. They attract attention, reflect ideals of success and confidence, and inspire smiles from others.

Unfortunately, not everyone was born with a mouthful of dental perfection, which is where porcelain veneers come into play.

“Porcelain veneers are delicate pieces of porcelain that are fabricated by a laboratory technician and used to cover natural teeth for a more uniform and white smile,” says Dr. Dale Brant of Ingenious Dentistry. “They are bonded to the prepared natural tooth structure.”

As such, porcelain veneers are a great solution for people seeking to fix teeth that are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, misshapen, or have odd gaps. Simply put, porcelain veneers make for beautiful smiles.

Dr. Brant notes, “They can make such a big difference in a patient’s life. It is a liberating experience for someone who never smiled because they were embarrassed because they had an ugly smile to someone who is confident and they are smiling all of the time.”

Because of the huge advantages of a photogenic smile and all the cosmetic problems that veneers fix, it’s no surprise that they are gaining popularity among younger people. More than ever, young adults are looking to use modern technology to enhance their appearance and give them a social edge. But what is too young and how old do you have to be to get porcelain veneers?

Dr. Brant says, “Porcelain veneers can be placed on teeth in young adults. Usually, this is done in patients who have stopped growing.”

If you are considering porcelain veneers in Houston, it is important to work with your dentist and wait until they determine that the time is right for you. That’s because, like many parts of the human body, teeth go through significant changes during adolescence and early adulthood.

It’s important to wait until teeth have set into their fixed positions before the veneers are added. Install them too early, and you risk the veneers moving away from the gum line with the growing teeth to create a less than desirable smile. This can also result in gaps between veneer, teeth, and gums that can cause hygienic issues.

In general, the guideline for recommended ages on this procedure is 18 years old for men and 16 years old for women. However, it’s important to note that this is only a general guideline and that individual circumstances will vary. Everyone ages differently.

Dr. Brant says, “Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth and give them great confidence in their smile. They are generally appropriate for patients at about the age of young adults. At Ingenious Dentistry, we have placed porcelain veneers for hundreds of satisfied patients and we would happy to consult with you to see if they would be right for you.”

Contact Ingenious Dentistry to set up a consultation about porcelain veneers. We also offer a full range of general dentistry and other services.