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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

Overlapping teeth, lack of space or excess space

Teeth too far forward

Thumb sucking or object sucking

Difficulty speaking

Difficulty chewing

Trauma to the gums or palate during chewing

Breathing through the mouth

Deviated jaws, too far forward or too far back

Facial asymmetry

Teeth that do not close properly

Orthodontics is for children and adults alike

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