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Do you have any frequently asked questions regarding teenagers and their teeth? A teenager often faces many perils due to the pressures of their social settings, but environmental factors also play an increased role, especially with their oral health. Due to the final adult teeth erupting above the gum line, malocclusions are more likely, and teeth are at a greater risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information pertaining to oral health risks and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are a few frequently asked questions:

What sort of safety equipment should be used for teens who compete in contact sports?
– To better protect your teeth, wear safety masks, mouth guards, facemasks, and helmets whenever applicable.

What are some common everyday hazards that could easily affect the oral health of a teen?
– Although many bad bites may happen naturally to your smile, teens face higher risks of oral damage than many due to the increased prevalence of bad habits such as wearing mouth jewelry, chewing or smoking tobacco, using drugs, even recreational ones, as well as competing in contact sports without the use of safety gear.

What is the best form of orthodontic service for a teen?
– Each individual case determines which treatments work best, but clear orthodontic aligners are highly effective for fixing crooked teeth with teens due to their clear exterior and lack of metal wires for a more socially conforming look during treatment.

Depending on your age, oral health, and jawbone strength, our orthodontist at Orthodontics, Inc. can help you find which treatment will work best for you. Dr. Jacob Spendlove and our team would love to see you at our orthodontic office in Flagstaff, Arizona. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (928) 774-0881. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.