You should see an orthodontist any time you have a question about the quality of your bite, the alignment of your teeth, or if there are changes in your mouth or jaw. Sometimes, orthodontic issues are painfully obvious. You may have difficulty speaking, chewing or biting, or some of your teeth may be clearly misplaced, crowded or protruding. If that is the case, then it is time to schedule a consultation with our office. Our orthodontic team has the special skills and training needed to accurately diagnose and treat your problem.
An orthodontists job is not always to just straighten your smile. Orthodontists are specialists, meaning they deal with more serious or unique problems than a regular dentist does. Many people are not familiar with this, which can lead to them not knowing when and if they should visit and orthodontist.
If you or your child are suffering from any of the following symptoms, we suggest you schedule an appointment.
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty with speech
• Jaw locking or shifting
• Facial imbalance
• Unable to comfortably close lips
• Mouth breathing
• Thumb sucking
• Difficulty chewing or biting
Orthodontics For Children
Having crooked teeth is not the only reason to see an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. At this age, a child’s natural growth process is well under way. Depending on what, if any, problems are identified, early diagnosis allows appropriate treatment to address and correct issues quickly, before they become more serious. Even when teeth look straight, a child may have underlying issues.
Orthodontics For Adults
It is never too late to begin orthodontic treatment. If you cover your mouth when you smile or are self conscious around strangers, now is the best time for you to see an orthodontist. According to the AAO, around one in five orthodontic patients today are adults.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions, we welcome you to come in for a consultation. Please give us a call at 203-292-6644.