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When to consult

When to consult an orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a first visit no sooner than before the age of 7. However, there are signs that may indicate the need to consult an orthodontist:

  • Premature or delayed loss of primary (baby) teeth

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Overlapping teeth, lack of space or excess space

  • Trauma to the gums or palate during chewing

  • Teeth too far forward

  • Breathing through the mouth

  • Thumb sucking or object sucking

  • Deviated jaws, too far forward or too far back

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Facial asymmetry

  • Teeth that do not close properly

Orthodontics is for children and adults alike

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