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What are the risks to your smile as a teen? The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth erupt above the gum line, finalizing the set that needs to last for the rest of your life. It is also the period when peer pressure and social status are paramount, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are a sampling of questions and answers regarding orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health:

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

True or False: The last of the permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, grow in during the teenage years.
a.) True
b.) False

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

Which of these ailments is a potential reason a teen would 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

Answer Key: d, a, b, d

If you would like to have your teeth inspected by our team at Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph P. Goodson and our team at our orthodontic office in Austin, Texas. To schedule a visit, please call us at 512-258-6683. We look forward to seeing you soon!