The American Association of Orthodontists recommends all children get a check-
If your child is older than 7, it’s certainly not too late for a check-
Because patients differ in both physiological development and treatment needs, the orthodontist’s goal is to provide each patient with the most appropriate treatment at the most appropriate time.
Here’s Why: • Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present.
• While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect.
Malocclusions (“bad bites”) like those illustrated, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.
If you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:
• Early or late loss of baby teeth
• Difficulty in chewing or biting
• Mouth breathing
• Jaws that shift or make sounds
• Speech difficulties
• Biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
• Facial imbalance
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth
Why Correction of Orthodontic Problems in Adults is Important:
• Can help prevent or improve periodontal problems
• Can help prevent or reduce further bone loss around teeth
• Improves ability of the dentist to restore missing teeth
• Improves aesthetics for a better smile and facial appearance
• Improves function of teeth
• Improves self-
• Improves oral health
By working together, the dental team can achieve results for patients that cannot
be produced alone.
Final treatment decisions should be made in consultation with the family dentist,
the orthodontist and other specialists, if necessary.