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Being a teenager is toxic for your oral health. A teenager often faces various risks 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 probable, and teeth are at a greater risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information concerning oral health risks and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are a few frequently asked questions:

What is the best method of orthodontic treatment 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.

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

What are some common everyday perils 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.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Uinta Orthodontics for an orthodontic treatment, please call our office at (307) 789-8742. We are located in Evanston, Wyoming, and Dr. John R. Schouten and all of our wonderful team look forward to doing our best to ensure your oral health remains terrific.