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Are your teeth in additional danger during the teen years? A teenager often faces many hazards 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 permanent teeth erupting above the gum line, malocclusions are more common, and teeth are at a greater risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information about oral health hazards and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are a few frequently asked questions:

What is the finest form 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 kind of safety equipment 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 usual everyday 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.

To learn more about orthodontic treatment for teens, or to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist at Ricci Orthodontics, call our office in Johns Creek, Georgia at 678-417-9848. Dr. Steven Ricci and our entire team want to ensure your oral health is protected for many years to come.