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The importance of your smile during the teen years cannot be overstated. The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when the last remaining teeth rise 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 standing are paramount, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are common questions and answers regarding orthodontic amenities, the teen years, and your oral health:

Which of the following is a potential reason a teen would need orthodontic care?
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

True or False: The last of the permanent teeth, the wisdom teeth, erupt above the gum line during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

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

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

Answer Key: d, a, b, d

To schedule and oral examination, contact Howell Orthodontics at 208-893-5151. Come visit Dr. Jason Howell and our team at our orthodontic office in Meridian, Idaho by booking an appointment at your earliest convenience. Let us help you find your healthy smile.