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When to Start Orthodontics

An orthodontist is a dentist that has attended additional schooling to specialize in the correction of the bite and the alignment of the teeth.  The recommendation from the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) is that a child be seen by an orthodontist by age seven or earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected.  Here are a few scenarios which would indicate it is time to schedule an appointment:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth

Our office can set up a complimentary consultation at any time.  We now participate with MetLife and United Concordia, and will complete and submit all the necessary paperwork for all other insurance companies.  We are always here to answer your questions, and help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile!

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