As children become teenagers, their attitude toward dental care may change. Their appearance and self-image are very important to them; decayed teeth or poorly positioned teeth or jaws make them very self-conscious. Teens also eat frequently and snack foods tend to become a major part of their regular diet. Children dentists are taught techniques to manage the special problems of teens. Techniques to deal with behavior, to restore and guide teeth, and to teach preventive dental health care are designed with the teen in mind. When your pediatric dentist has followed your child from early youth into the teen years, he/she can subtly change the approach to the child’s own special needs in a sensitive, caring, and professional manner.