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Teenage teeth require additional care. The teen years are some of the most crucial 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 of vital importance, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are common questions and answers regarding orthodontic procedures, the teen years, and your oral health:

Which of the following is a potential reason a teen would need orthodontic services?
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 is treacherous for a teen’s smile?
a.) Mouth jewelry
b.) Smoking or chewing tobacco
c.) Using drugs
d.) All of the above

True or False: Your last adult teeth grow in during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

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

Answer Key: d, d, a, b

Whichever services you feel would best suit your needs, Dr. William B. Hentosz and our team here at William B. Hentosz, DDS, INC in our orthodontic office in Alhambra, California are committed to providing you the oral health care you require. We can be reached at 626-458-8898. Our dental superheroes are here to help!