Snap-on Smile for an 8-Year-Old
My eight-year-old son fell and chipped his tooth. I took him to see the pediatric dentist. He said there is no damage other than the chip. He thinks we should leave it alone but I don’t want his smile tarnished. As my pediatric dentist isn’t going to do anything, could I get him a Snap-on Smile to fit over his chipped tooth?
I have recommended Snap-on Smile in some cases, but I am going to completely discourage you from this plan. First, let me say great job taking your son to the pediatric dentist after he fell. Some parents would just see a chipped tooth and not bother, but as you seem to have known, there can be underlying damage which will affect the permanent teeth. Early intervention is the key.
As for the Snap-on Smile, your son is in a mixed dentition stage where he has a combination of both adult and baby teeth. His mouth is in constant flux. Snap-on Smile is removable. Even if he didn’t lose the device, which is very likely to happen as he is just a primary school boy, you would still have to replace it every couple of months. That is not a very cost-effective solution. Additionally, the appliance will get in the way of teeth he has coming in.
I know you are worried about the appearance of his smile, but at his age a chipped tooth isn’t a big deal. This especially true for boys, who are more likely to look at it as a badge of honor. It is important you don’t make a big deal out of it yourself. He’s much more likely to follow your cues.
As he gets older, if it starts to bother him, the simplest solution is to have dental bonding done. This will last a few years, bonds directly to his tooth, and won’t get in the way of any of his developing teeth.
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