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Dentistry Memphis

Who Says Dentistry Isn’t Cool? Dental Care for Teens

A teenaged girl with a glowing, healthy smile due to excellent dental careOkay, so we won’t pretend that dental care is cool, at least not in the sense that your typical teenager would find it cool. At our cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, Southwind Dental Care, we happen to find dental care extremely cool, but we understand that the average teen is more interested in having a great smile than in the processes behind achieving that great smile. Still, in order to maintain good oral health for a lifetime, it is important that patients establish good relationships with dentists at a young age. In other words, cool or not, the time for your teen to start seeing the dentist twice a year as recommended by the American Dental Association - if he or she isn’t doing so already - is right now.

Now, while we may not be able to convince your teen that dentistry is cool, Dr. Timothy S. Messer and his team are trained to deal with the special needs of patients of all ages. Dr. Messer knows that teenagers want to be treated with respect, just as any adult would; that they want to be listened to, not treated with a condescending attitude. Your teen’s dental experience now will shape how he or she views dentistry as an adult. By making that experience a positive one, you will help to ensure that he or she enjoys a healthy, beautiful smile for the rest of his or her life.

We are proud to offer superior dental care for teens at our Memphis, TN cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice. We would be more than pleased to welcome you and your family to Southwind Dental Care. Simply contact us today, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Dental Treatments for Teenagers

For the most part, teens undergo many of the same dental procedures as adults. They receive the same oral exams and professional cleanings; if cavities are detected, they receive aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored fillings, ceramic inlays or onlays, or custom-crafted dental crowns to restore the tooth. However, there are also dental treatments that are particularly popular among teens. These include:

  • Orthodontic aligners: Our orthodontic aligners give teens a cosmetically appealing alternative to cumbersome metal braces. These clear, removable aligners discreetly guide the teeth into their optimal positions without signaling to the world that your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment. In addition, your teen can eat whatever he or she wants by simply removing the aligners at meal time.
  • Athletic mouthguards: If your teen is involved in sports, a custom mouthguard can help to protect his or her mouth from damage far more effectively than a store-bought mouthguard. Remember, your teen’s teeth are permanent; if one is knocked out, it will not grow back.
  • Periodontal and cavity screenings: Gum disease and cavities are two of the most common problems among the adult population, and these problems usually begin during the early teen years. Give your teen a chance to get ahead of these problems before they have a chance to become chronic.

Learn More about Our Dental Care for Teens

To learn more about our dental care for teens, please contact Southwind Dental Care today.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.