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Have you been preparing your smile for the risks of teenagerhood? The teen years are some of the most vital 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 are paramount, and thus the desire for straighter teeth. Listed below are common questions and answers pertaining to orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health:

Which of the following is a potential cause for a teen to 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: The last of the permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, appear during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

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

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

Answer Key: d, a, b, d

If you are ready to take the next step to achieve a glorious smile, set an appointment with Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC and our orthodontic office in Brooklyn, New York. We can easily be reached at 718-690-9560. Dr. Michael Emanuel and the rest of our team look forward to taking your smile into the future!