Ages 8-16

Best Smile Practice: Make sure kids avoid sipping on sugar all day—juice, pop, and sports drinks—to keep smiles bright and white, and teeth protected from decay.

Braces are the name of the game at this age. Dentists may refer patients to an orthodontist as early as age 8 if they spot problems with crowding, bite, or tooth position. Often orthodontists complete two stages of care, starting with an appliance (such as an expander or retainer) or braces to guide teeth into proper position. Kids return for a second stage between ages 10 and 13 to get their final look. “Starting early allows for better long-term retention or improved facial profiles,” says John Cretzmeyer of Dentistry for the Entire Family in Fridley.

Chipped teeth are also a childhood staple. To really shine up a smile, and for prevention, David Cook of Smiles@France in Edina will smooth and polish teeth to even out rough edges. “If you don’t smooth rough and chipped front teeth, they will continue to chip,” he says, “just like a rough fingernail will snag on clothing and break.”

“If you don’t smooth rough and chipped front teeth, they will continue to chip just like a rough fingernail will snag on clothing and break.”
David Cook, smiles@france




 

Ages 16-24

For teenagers and young adults, teeth whitening becomes the favored fix.

Ages 24-35

At this age, problems start cropping up from tooth grinding or not wearing a recommended retainer.

Ages 35-55

Cosmetic dentistry packs a powerful punch for this group.

Ages 55 and Older

All of the above procedures work nicely on people 55 and older, prompting many to start raising their hand at the dentist’s office.

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