How to care for your teen's teeth.
A PARENT’S GUIDE TO
From 12 to 18 years of age. Your teen’s confidence is closely tied to the state of their smile. Make sure it’s aligned and healthy.
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Keep up the regular dental examinations.
What’s going on with my teen’s teeth?
During this stage, your teen is going to be introduced to various oral health risks. It’s not uncommon for teens to develop unhealthy habits which can put them at a higher risk for cavities and other dental issues.
Your teen can also develop an increased concern with their smile’s appearance as they experience teeth staining, general decay, or crooked teeth. If your teen’s dental issues are not properly treated then they can lead to low self-esteem, depression, and future dental complications.
We will generally suggest that your teen continue to visit us twice a year for regularly scheduled dental checkups, per the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendations. However, we may recommend fewer or more frequent visits depending on the state of your teen’s oral health.
What’s the best way to straighten my teen’s smile?
We know all too well the effects that misaligned teeth can have on a teen’s self-esteem, and we want you to know that there’s hope. Braces or Invisalign are industry standards that have paved the way for millions of children to have their teeth straightened and properly aligned.
By gradually moving teeth into a predetermined, properly aligned position with help from our orthodontist, your teen can finally have their smile back. Treatment can take as little as 6 months, and as long as a few years depending on the severity of the case.
General tips for keeping your teen’s teeth healthy.
Talk to your teen about tobacco
Tobacco products are exceedingly harmful for your teen’s oral health and general wellbeing. The use of these products can lead to:
An increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay
Gum surgery or tooth extractions
Heavy staining of the teeth
Pay attention to their wisdom teeth
Your teen’s wisdom teeth may need to be removed in order to prevent overcrowding and potential decay. A quick consultation with can let you know the state of their wisdom teeth.
Contact sports require a mouthguard
Always make sure that your teen uses a mouthguard during activities that may involve falling, or any risk of their head coming into contact with another person or object.
Tongue and lip piercings aren’t very cool for your oral health
It’s not uncommon for your teen to want a piercing in their lip, cheek, or tongue. But did you know that these types of piercings can have negative effects on their oral health? Infections can happen, as well as cracks or chips in the surrounding teeth. Make sure your teen is informed before making any important decisions.
What happens after my child’s first dentist appointment?