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What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than 7 years old or at the first sign of a tooth or jaw problem.   Around age 7, children begin to get their first permanent back molars which allow us to evaluate their bite and determine if there are any problems that need to be addressed at an early age.

How do I know if my child is needs orthodontic treatment?

It is sometimes difficult to tell if your child is in need of orthodontic treatment because in some cases the front teeth maybe appear straight, but problems are occurring with the back teeth and bite.  It is important to talk with your dentist about your child’s teeth and bite, but we are ultimately your best resource because orthodontics is all we do.  Your initial exam in our office is complimentary.  We are happy to evaluate your child’s teeth and jaw relationships and give our recommendation on treatment timing.

What are some early signs of orthodontic problems?

Early or late loss of baby teeth
Difficulty chewing or biting
Mouth breathing
Finger sucking or other oral habits
Crowded or blocked out teeth
Jaws that shift to the side when closing
Protruding teeth
Facial imbalance or asymmetry

I’m an adult, is it to late for orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontics is beneficial for people of all ages!  According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one in five orthodontic patients is an adult and this number is growing with the increased treatment options available.  Our office offers a number of more esthetic treatment options to fit your needs.  Come find out what options you have available to get the smile you desire!