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Are your teeth at an increased risk? 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 status are of maximum importance, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. Listed below are common questions and answers regarding orthodontic services, the teen years, and your oral health:

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

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

True or False: Your final adult teeth grow in during the teen years.
a.) True
b.) False

Answer Key: b, d, d, a

Don’t delay in visiting our team at Hamilton Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment with Dr. R. Cree Hamilton and our team at our orthodontic office in Las Vegas, Nevada, please call us at 702-243-3300. The smile of your dreams is only a visit away!