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Best Age to Visit an Ortho

For those who want to improve the look and feel of their smile, any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that first visits happen around the age of 7, but each patient is unique and has specific needs. Dr. Prettyman’s staff is specially trained to know exactly when orthodontic treatment will be right for you or your child. By the way, orthodontic treatment and braces are not just for kids and teens. In fact, about one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists,

“While your child’s teeth might appear to be straight, there may actually be a problem that needs to be evaluated by an orthodontist. If you recognize any of the following issues with your child, please schedule a consultation today.”

• 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
• Thumb or finger sucking