Puberty is a crucial period for teens. This time of sexual maturity usually begins around age nine to 15.
Puberty causes alterations in appearances due to the hormonal changes of the body.
Unfortunately, self-consciousness tends to grow.
Personal appearance becomes a primary concern as we seek the validation of our peers.
We turn to television personalities and celebrities for our ideal beauty, comparing ourselves and trying to emulate the appearance of others.
According to Carl E. Pickhardt in his article for Psychology Today, puberty increases the severity of physical self-evaluation.
Teenagers begin to struggle with their self-esteem that. In fact, according to a study, one in four females 11 to 17 feel pressure to conform to the “ideal notion” of appearance.
This pressure prompts girls to spend an average of 42 minutes a day working on their appearance, choosing outfits, and doing their hair and makeup.
In 2015, North America accounted for 24.7 percent of the global cosmetic market. In fact, the U.S. has the largest beauty and personal care market in the world.
The same year, the American beauty and personal care business reached 80 billion US dollars in market value.
Following the makeup and personal care industry, cosmetic dentistry has risen to be the second largest nonsurgical beauty industry in 2015.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry estimates 2.75 billion US dollar expenditures on cosmetic dentistry each year.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the smile has outranks eyes, hair, and body as the most important physical feature.
The number of North American teenagers subscribing to orthodontic treatments has also doubled over the past two decades. In 2015, almost 80 percent of teens were in an orthodontist’s care.
Attaining that perfect smile entails patience and discipline. Below are some tips to follow to achieve a beautiful smile:
Stick to a good oral hygiene routine.
It’s cliché, but it’s true that prevention is better than a cure. The same goes with oral health. There is no better way to get that perfect smile than to practice good oral hygiene including brushing at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and visiting the dentist twice a year. A good oral hygiene routine helps in preventing plaque build-up.
Eating proper and nutritious meals will always be important in keeping our overall health in check. Nutrition for the teeth can be acquired by eating the right food and avoiding those that are harmful to your mouth’s well-being. Foods such as cheese, carrots, celery, and apples are better options than snacking sugary foods. Choose foods and drinks with antioxidants, fluoride, and calcium for stronger teeth.
Seek dental treatments.
Dentistry has improved through the years, and treatments have become more accessible. If you have poor jaw alignment and crooked teeth, subscribe to orthodontic treatment. At present, there are various options available for your needs and wants. You may also seek professional teeth whitening if your teeth are stained or if you aim for a boost in your teeth’s appearance.
Smoking is dangerous to your health. It can cause cancer and lung problems. Smoking or chewing tobacco is also a big no-no for your oral health as it causes tooth and gum discoloration, plaque calcification, and bad breath.
Refrain from oral piercings.
Peer pressure is intense during puberty. And the tendency to follow trends is very tempting. Mouth jewelry or oral piercingd have become a popular fashion statements among teenagers. However, this trend is associated with numerous health-related risks like gum diseases, nerve damage, teeth loss, infection, among others. However, if you have decided to pursue oral piercing, ensure your safety by following the precautions set by your doctor.