When Should I See an Orthodontist?

stock-13At Age Seven | The American Academy of Orthodontics recommends that a child should see their orthodontist by age seven. Your child’s smile is changing and growing rapidly at this stage, and only a professional can determine if early intervention is needed.

Many children with gaps or imperfections in their smile will outgrow the problem. Your orthodontist can tell the difference between a normal developmental variation and a real orthodontic threat.

Age seven is the right age for your orthodontist to begin tracking your child’s smile progress. For some children, early orthodontic treatment can result in lower costs, less invasive treatment, and a more beautiful smile over the course of their lifetime.

When Experiencing Jaw Pain | Have you noticed difficulty when biting or chewing? You may experience pain while you are eating some foods. Other individuals simply feel uncomfortable when they bite down because their teeth are not lining up properly. In these cases, orthodontics may be advantageous.

When There are Other Signs of Trouble | You may need orthodontic treatment if you have teeth that are protruding or crowded. Some other signs that you may need orthodontic care include:

  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Frequent biting of cheeks and lips
  • Jaw feels unstable
  • Upper and lower teeth don’t fit together evenly
  • Inability to close your lips comfortably

stock-6If You’re Unsatisfied with Your Smile | A straight smile is healthier and less prone to gum disease and tooth decay. An attractive smile will also give you a new confidence that can change your attitude and your sense of self.

Orthodontic treatment can make unbelievable changes to your appearance. Orthodontics can transform your facial symmetry and balance. Some patients achieve an all-new look that is more proportional and youthful than ever after orthodontic treatment.

With Any Questions | Maybe you have a specific question about your smile, or maybe you just want to know if orthodontics could benefit you in any way. Drs. Lori and Adam Cohen will thoroughly assess your smile and then sit down with you for an honest conversation. They can help you determine whether or not orthodontic treatment is right for you, how it could benefit you, and which treatments may interest you.

We want to help you at Cohen Family Orthodontics. Give us a call to get started today.