Can I still bring my teen to pediatric dentist?
We welcome our patients up to the age 21. They will then graduate from pediatric dentist to general dentist.
Are teenagers at higher risk of getting cavities?
There are a few reasons that teenagers may have a higher risk of cavities. Increased independence can lead to a change in diet, increased snacking, and the consumption of more sugar, including sugary beverages like energy drinks, sports drinks, coffee drinks and fruit smoothies. Teenagers may also begin to neglect their oral health when you’re not supervising their brushing, which can lead to a higher risk of cavities. Oral piercings can also damage tooth enamel and lead to cavities or gum tissue loss. Braces can also trap food and lead to a higher risk of cavities if your teen does not brush and floss properly.
Invisalign for teenagers:
Invisalign has a number of benefits for teenagers. First, it helps boost their self-esteem by straightening their teeth. Invisalign is also easier to clean, compared to traditional braces. This means that your teen will be able to keep their teeth clean and free of plaque and tartar more easily, avoiding tooth decay and cavities. Because Invisalign is nearly invisible, your child will be able to avoid the social stigma sometimes attached to orthodontic treatment. Another benefit is that Invisalign treatment does not have any food or dietary restrictions and can be removed to play sports or certain musical instruments like woodwinds and brass. With Invisalign, your teen can maintain their current hobbies, active lifestyle, and oral health.