Family dentists provide comprehensive care for every member of your family in every stage of life. The teenage years can be especially difficult and stressful for youth and their parents. That’s why James Island Dental Associates in Charleston offers exceptional dental care for teens and their multiple needs.
Here are just some of the specialty dental care options your teenager may need.
Mouthguard for Sports
If your teen plays sports, it is important for them to wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth and jaw. Mouthguards can help prevent injuries such as broken teeth, lip and tongue lacerations, and jaw fractures. Additionally, mouthguards can also reduce the risk of concussions by cushioning the blow to the head. It is better to be safe than sorry, so make sure your teen wears a mouthguard during any physical activity.
James Island Dental Associates can create a custom-fitted mouthguard for your teen that is comfortable and durable. This is a much better option than pre-formed store-bought mouthguards that do not fit properly. If a mouthguard is not comfortable, it will not be worn.
If your teen is experiencing pain or discomfort in the back teeth, it may be their wisdom teeth. These “third molars” can often erupt crookedly or crowd other teeth during the teen years and cause problems necessitating their removal. Your skilled dentist at James Island Dental Associates can examine your teen’s teeth and determine whether or not they need to be removed.
If their wisdom teeth need to be removed, we can perform the procedure in our clinic so you and your teen won’t have to go to a strange place or person to receive the care they need. We will also offer guidance on how your teen can care for their mouth after the procedure to ensure a smooth recovery.
Dental preventive care involves a range of practices that help keep your teen’s teeth and gums healthy. These include regular checkups at our clinic, daily brushing and flossing, and a balanced diet that’s low in sugar and processed foods. During your teen’s dental checkups, we will examine their teeth and gums for signs of decay, gum disease, and other issues. Our hygienists will also clean their teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Our dentists and oral care team are also happy to work with your teen to help them practice good dental hygiene habits and prevent many common dental problems to maintain their healthy smile for years to come.
Light Orthodontic Work
The teenage years are also a prime time for teeth straightening if needed. Many teens don’t have extensive alignment problems, but may just need light work on the front teeth to enhance their smile. James Island Dental Associates offers the SureSmile clear aligner system for fast and affordable light orthodontic work. Similar to other brands of clear aligners, each set is exchanged for a new set every few weeks until your teen’s front teeth are straight and beautiful.
Teenagers routinely worry and test their parents or guardians on almost everything, and James Island Dental Associates wants to help. We can provide the comprehensive oral care your teen needs so you have one less worry. Call or book an appointment for your teen online so we can help them maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.