Eating sugary foods and drinks puts teens at a higher risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Teenagers who receive regular dental checkups are more likely to maintain good oral health into adulthood. Keeping a travel-size toothbrush in a locker or backpack to brush after meals can help reduce the risk of cavities, freshen breath and keep teeth bright – a boost to any teen's self-esteem. 

Orthodontics/braces focus​es on alignment of the teeth and jaw. The benefits of orthodontics include a healthier mouth (increased ability to clean teeth and gums properly), a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.