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Here’s a question for all of the parents out there: What is the right age for your child to have a smart phone? And then, a smart phone stocked up with all of the social media apps?

It seems to me that the age to engage in social media is getting younger and younger. And with it has come increasing pressure to look good. A colleague recently told me that the average teen posts about 17 selfies per month. Oy!

And what does this have to do with orthodontics? Well, I’m here to tell you that all of this means that the street value of a great smile keeps increasing. Straight teeth and a killer smile rank high on the list for looking good on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, etc,. Even in real life, straight teeth and a great smile is useful (said with a hint of sarcasm). So get with it parents! Straight teeth helps teens feel confident and comfortable in a world where, increasingly, your smile is your social media signature.

Don’t take my word for it either.

A recent Teen Confidence survey conducted by Kelton and commissioned by the makers of Invisalign Teen® clear aligners has uncovered some dramatic statistics including this one: 70% of teens surveyed are not happy with their current smile. This is particularly true of those in the 13-14 age range than in 15-17 segment.

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What to do?

Fortunately teens have several options nowadays, with the two primary choices involving metal braces or Invisalign Teen® clear aligners. And between those two choices, there is a growing momentum to go “clear.” In fact the study also reveals that 81% of current wearers of Invisalign are satisfied with the look of their teeth vs 68% of those currently wearing metal braces.

Find out if Invisalign is the right fit for your teen

Schedule a consultation today. As Super Elite Top 1% Invisalign providers, Dr. Eckstein and myself have the distinction of being recognized for the highest expertise. With locations in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, Forest Hills, Queens; and Cedarhurst, Long Island, we are at your service— and convenience.

While it’s never been more important to have straight teeth and a Hollywood smile, it’s never been easier either. Come in and see us!

Contact us today to schedule a consult with Dr Azariy. Or, for a faster response, call us at 718-275-3200.

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