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Are you ready for your oral health care during the teen years? The teen years are some of the most significant years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth erupt above the gum line, completing the set that needs to last for the rest of your life. It is also a time when peer pressure and social status appear to be of maximum importance, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are some questions and answers regarding orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health:

Which of the following is a likely 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

Which of the following can harm 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, grow in during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

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

Answer Key: d, d, a, b

For more oral health care advice or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Bryan Brassington and our team at our orthodontic office in Richmond, Virginia, please contact Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281. We look forward to helping you soon!