The teenage years are an exciting and trying time for teens and parents alike. Teens are allowed more freedom and with that comes responsibilities. Parents look on and hope their teens take the lessons they have taught them and continue to make good decisions about their health. During the teen years, there are dental issues parents and teens may need to work together, with their dental team, to ensure continued health and wellness into adulthood. There are plenty of dental issues to consider as your teen develops. In this two-part series we will explore several dental issues that may affect your teen.
The basic elements of oral hygiene continue to be important during the teen years. As teens become more self-aware (and sometimes self-conscious) it’s important they know how brush and floss their teeth with correct technique. It never hurts to freshen up on good habits. The American Dental Association urges parents and teens to talk about good brushing habits, flossing habits, and nutrition.
Orthodontics have been a teenage rite of passage for a long time. There are many options these days for teeth-straightening. Depending on your teen’s orthodontic issues, they may have a choice between traditional braces and clear aligner therapy.
Traditional braces are a tried-and-true solution for many issues teens face:
Gaps between teeth
They make traditional braces of metal brackets and wires and work by slowly guiding the teeth and jawbones into a proper biting position. The benefits of traditional braces are that they are predictable and affordable.
Clear aligners are another option for teenage teeth-straightening. Clear aligners are thin plastic coverings that are removable. They work by slowly shifting teeth by changing aligners every few weeks. Teens love clear aligners since they can remove them for eating, drinking, and for prom photos. They are also discreet and easy to care for.
Healthy habits will serve your teen well for years to come. They may also feel more personally responsible for the condition of their teeth. Help your teen take charge of their oral health by educating them on proper brushing, flossing and nutrition. If they need orthodontic work, include them in the decision-making process.
The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.