Oct 6

Advanced Dental Care for Teenage Patients

Dental Care for Teens - Charlotte

Posted on October 6, 2015 — by Dr. Pinnix

A woman smilingThe team at Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney takes great care in tailoring treatments to the needs of every patient. This commitment to tailored dental care makes us one of the finer general dentistry practices in the Charlotte area.

It's with this in mind that we want to consider the dental care needs of patients who are in their teends.

Orthodontic Treatment for Teenage Patients

One of the more common treatments for teenage patients is orthodontic care. This means using braces in order to shift the position of the teeth and improve overall dental alignment in the process. Since teenagers are still in the process of maturing, orthodontic care at this time is a sound idea to consider. Improving dental alignment means better smile aesthetics and fewer dental health issues (such as bruxism) in the long run.

Braces come in many different forms and can be tailored to help address crowding, gaps, and more serious issues with malocclusion.

Alternatives to Traditional Braces Common for Teens

Many teens prefer Invisalign treatment to traditional braces. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays in order to straighten the teeth instead of brackets and wires. These trays are custom molded to the patient's teeth. New trays are provided every two weeks to help gradually shift the patient's teeth into a more ideal position.

Invisalign trays are completely removable, allowing patients to eat their favorite foods and experience no hassles when it comes to other kinds of daily activities. Since the trays are transparent as well, few people will realize that you're undergoing orthodontic care.

Sports Dentistry for Student Athletes

Student athletes face a number of challenges, particularly if they're at a competitive school and involved in very physical or demanding sports such as basketball, football, or field hockey. Injuries can happen, which is why sports dentistry is common for a number of teens.

In terms of preventing problems and injuries, dentists can craft custom mouth guards that help prevent tooth damage and harm to the gums and tongue. If a student athlete suffers a dental injury, emergency care services are available to address the injury to the mouth.

Planning for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth are extra sets of molars that emerge typically around a patient's early teens. These teeth can sometimes come in crooked, resulting in impaction of the molars. Left untreated, the impaction can result in serious pain and discomfort, and can also cause teeth to become damaged in the process.

Dentists will be mindful of the wisdom teeth as patients reach their later teens. Taking x-rays and monitoring the development of wisdom teeth means planning ahead of time and helping patients understand what to expect if they require their wisdom teeth to be removed.

Offering Tips for Good Dental Health

It's important that patients receive good advice when it comes to their oral hygiene practice and overall dental health needs. During each visit, advice and pointers will be provided so patients can keep their smiles as healthy and beautiful as possible for the years ahead.

General Cleanings and Routine Dental Care

No matter what age you are, a routine cleaning and checkup is crucial. Teens should stop by twice a year for regular visits, which will allow minor problems to be treated and prevented in a timely manner.

Learn More About Teenage Dental Care Needs

For more information about proper dental care for teenage patients and other dental care concerns of which you should be aware, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. George A. Betancourt and Dr. John M. Pinnix look forward to your visit and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.

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