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Are you ready to ensure your teeth are in optimum oral health? The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth surface 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, which influences the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are a few questions and answers regarding orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health:

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

True or False: The last of the permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, finally appear during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

Which of the following is a potential reason a teen would require 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 break or damage a teen’s teeth?
a.) Mouth jewelry
b.) Smoking or chewing tobacco
c.) Using drugs
d.) All of the above

Answer Key: b, a, d, d

Depending on your age, oral health, and jawbone strength, our orthodontist at Smile at the World Orthodontics can help you find which oral health care treatment will work best for you. Dr. Joshua Knowles and our team would love to see you at our orthodontic office in Temple, Texas. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 254-773-8028. We will be glad to help you achieve the results you are looking for.