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The heightened oral health risks of being a teen are well known. A teenager often faces several risks 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 adult teeth erupting above the gum line, malocclusions are more possible, and teeth are at a greater risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information about oral health risks and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are a few regularly asked questions:

What categories 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 is the best system 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 are some common everyday dangers 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.

If you suffer from malocclusions, contact Schouten Orthodontics at 801.491.9372 to see if an orthodontic treatment is right for you. To schedule an oral examination with Dr. John R. Schouten and our team at our orthodontic office in Springville, Utah, please contact us at your earliest convenience. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you.