General Dentistry

Dental Care for Teens

Nov 26 • 2 minute read

Life as a teenager can be pretty tough indeed. With one foot in adulthood and another still in childhood, you might be more self-conscious than a child or an adult. So if you happen to have misaligned teeth, don’t opt for the wire and metal thing.

Why go for something that is sure to proclaim to the world at large that you have misaligned teeth and you are in the process of correcting them! The same thing applies if you are looking for methods to improve the cosmetic appearance of your teenage child’s teeth. If not for metal braces, what else is there?

Well, there is something called Invisalign for your teeth. You get to eat what you please. And you spend less time and energy taking care of the aligner or cleaning your teeth. The reason for this is very simple –you can remove the Invisalign aligner on your own!

It looks something like a clear mouthguard. So even if you were to smile, the aligner wouldn’t look obvious. You don’t have to feel self-conscious about smiling or laughing, do it to your heart’s content. The first step to getting your aligner is visiting a good dentist for a smile analysis.

Yes, that’s right. There is something called a smile analysis – the dentist will look at the overall condition of your teeth. Is there any chipped, crooked or missing tooth? Do your teeth have plaque or tartar?

Are your teeth stained? Most probably, the answer will be yes to both questions. Don’t worry, there is a good solution – cleaning & polishing and teeth whitening! Once you’ve got your Invisalign aligner, don’t forget to observe good oral hygiene.

It may seem like a cliché but honestly, do brush all your teeth a minimum of two times each day – once before you sleep at night and the other when you rise in the morning. Flossing your teeth daily is also wise. Now if you’ve got a sweet tooth like me, it is imperative that you brush and floss as mentioned earlier.

In addition, rinse your mouth with water at the very least after eating any kind of sweet food. Perhaps, you may think what the heck. Just remember this: the effects of poor oral care wouldn’t be obvious now but later on in life! What’s more, it’s not only about the condition of your teeth but your gums as well.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease or bad breath. Do you want people to keep their distance from you because of your teeth or gums? So don’t wait anymore. Start taking good care of your teeth now!

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