Everyone’s Smiling

It’s never too early—or too late—to get a bright smile. Whether you’re 8 or 88, here’s what you can do for your family and for you.


Nothing demonstrates health and vibrancy like a beautiful smile. No matter your age, a mouthful of shiny white teeth tells the world that you take great care of yourself. Cosmetic dentistry can—and should—be a family affair. In fact, more people across all age groups know this: Cosmetic dental procedures are now performed among all ages fairly evenly, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Read on to learn what dentists recommend—for everyone from kids to their grandparents.

“Dentists may refer patients to an orthodontist as early as age 8.”
John Cretzmeyer, dentistry for the entire family


Ages 8-16

Braces are the name of the game at this age.

Ages 16-24

For teenagers and young adults, teeth whitening becomes the favored fix.

Ages 24-35

At this age, problems start cropping up from tooth grinding or not wearing a recommended retainer.

Ages 35-55

Cosmetic dentistry packs a powerful punch for this group.

Ages 55 and Older

All of the above procedures work nicely on people 55 and older, prompting many to start raising their hand at the dentist’s office.