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Have you ever had your teenage oral health assessed? The teen years are some of the most important years for your oral health because it is the time when your wisdom teeth grow in, completing the last of your permanent adult teeth. It is also a time when peer pressure and social status are at their peak, and thus the desire for a straighter smile. For questions and answers regarding orthodontic treatments, the teen years, and your oral health, see below:

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

Which of the following is a possible 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

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

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

Answer Key: a, d, d, b

Donald W. Linck II DDS, INC is here to help you with all your oral health needs. For a complete diagnosis from Dr. Donald W Linck II and our team at our orthodontic office in Pleasant Hill, California, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 925-933-0435. We look forward to helping you smile.