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How well are your teeth taken care of? A teenager often faces many risks due to the burdens of their social settings, but environmental factors also play an increased role, especially with their oral health. Due to the final adult teeth breaching the gum line, malocclusions are more common, and teeth are at a greater risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information in regard to oral health risks and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are a few frequently asked questions:

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

What is the best type 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.

If you are looking to straighten damaged teeth, or enhance your smile further, contact Dr. Joseph A. Wilson and our team at Orthodontics, Inc.. We can be reached by calling us at (505) 325-8858 to book a reservation to see us at our orthodontic office in Farmington, New Mexico. We will be glad to help you achieve the results your smile deserves.