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Keep your oral health shining depends on optimum oral health as a teen. The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth erupt above the gum line, finishing the set that needs to last for the rest of your life. It is also the age when peer pressure and social status are paramount, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are common questions and answers about orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health:

Which of these disorders is a potential reason a teen would need orthodontic treatment?
a.) Misalignments due to the wisdom teeth growing in and causing other nearby teeth to move and shift
b.) Peer pressure has led to an oral accident that caused their teeth to become crooked
c.) A natural bad bite that has existed since birth
d.) All of the above

True or False: Misaligned smiles in teens can easily be fixed by wearing mouth guards when playing sports.
a.) True
b.) False

Which of the following is hazardous for a teen’s smile?
a.) Mouth jewelry
b.) Smoking or chewing tobacco
c.) Using drugs
d.) All of the above

True or False: The last of the permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, show up during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: d, b, d, a

If you would like Dr. E. Glenn Glassman and our team at Orthocare Systems Orthodontics to bring you in for an oral exam to determine which treatment is best for you, please contact our orthodontic office in St. Louis, Missouri, by calling us at 314-739-8888. We can get you on the path to smiles for miles!