when to seek treatment

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When to Seek Treatment

What is the ideal age to see an orthodontist?

  • The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated at age seven, or younger if a problem is noted.
  • This enables the orthodontist to guide a child's jaw and teeth during their most active growing stages.
  • Research has shown that facial development can be most affected between the ages of 7 and 11.

These behaviors may warrant Early Orthodontic Treatment:

  • Grinding of teeth
  • Popping or clicking of the jaws or any difficulty chewing
  • Breathing with open mouth
  • Habits which involve placing fingers or objects in the mouth
  • Difficulty closing lips over teeth (when a child smiles they appear to show too much gum)

Early Treatment Can Prevent:

  • Crowding and the extraction of permanent teeth
  • Surgery to correct jaw malalignments
  • Unsightly facial imbalance
  • Braces at an older age
  • Poor self-esteem resulting from crooked teeth                
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