My name is Danielle, and I have an 8-year-old son that severely chipped his front tooth. The dentist filled it in but within a week; it had broken off. Thankfully, there is no damage to his roots and he has not been in any pain. I’m just wondering if a snap-on smile would work for an 8-year-old? When he is old enough, we would have the tooth capped off.
-Danielle from California
Although I speak highly of the Snap-On-Smile, I wouldn’t recommend this option for your son. If you went with the Snap-On Smile, his tooth would remain broken, and there are ways to fix it. For example, his tooth could be fixed with composite bonding or porcelain, and it would stay fixed as long as it’s done right and doesn’t get in the way of his bite.
The repair that was done on your son’s tooth didn’t break off because of his age; it was because it got in the way of his bite. Meaning it would still break off when he gets older. An excellent cosmetic dentist can repair his tooth correctly. I wouldn’t suggest going to a pediatric dentist for this.
He could potentially have these problems if you went with a Snap-On Smile:
- It could be bulky.
- Chances are, being an eight-year-old boy, he will misplace it or lose it.
- Since he still has some baby teeth and permanent teeth, the Snap-On Smile fit is going to change.
I strongly believe that having these types of procedures done by an expert cosmetic dentist is extremely important. Your son’s tooth breaking off is a perfect example of why it’s important to go to someone who is an expert and can do it right the first time.
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