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Do you know to care and clean your teeth as you age? A teenager often faces numerous 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 common, and teeth are at a heightened risk for getting knocked out of their natural alignment. For information about oral health risks and orthodontic treatment for teens, here are some frequently asked questions:

What varieties 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 are some typical everyday risks 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.

What is the best variety 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.

If you would like to set up an appointment with Dr. Frank Andolino at our orthodontic office in New York, New York, please call us at 212-753–5575 . Our team at Andolino Orthodontics, PC looks forward to straightening your smile!