The best way for teens to enjoy a nice smile and healthy teeth is to continue the good oral habits started early in childhood. Whether or not you wear braces or other orthodontic treatment, it is important to:
Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque. Plaque is the main cause of tooth decay and gum disease.
Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth and below your gumline. If plaque is not removed daily, it can harden into tartar: an unsightly, hard yellow build-up.
Limit sugary or starchy foods and drinks, especially sticky snacks.
Visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups.
In addition to helping teeth last a lifetime, a clean mouth simply makes you feel good. It also gives you fresher breath and a nicer looking smile.