When to see an Orthodontist

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that parents should take their children to an orthodontist before they reach the age of 7 to be able to spot and correct alignment issues early. Here are potential problems to watch out for in young children:

  • Crossbites
  • Crowding
  • Open Bite
  • Protrusion
  • Ectopic Eruption
  • Diastema
  • Poor Oral Habits

But whether the patient is a young child, teenager or an adult, there are early warning signs you need to watch out for. If you recognize any of these, it only means one thing – you need to schedule an orthodontic exam ASAP:

  • Difficulty chewing your food
  • Inability to bite properly
  • Breathing in your mouth
  • Late or early loss of baby teeth
  • Crowding, blocked out or misplaced teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Jaws that make sounds, shift or protrude
  • Recessed jaws
  • Speech difficulties
  • Thumb/Finger sucking
  • Biting into the roof of the mouth or cheek
  • Protruding teeth
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Clenching or grinding of teeth

If you or your child experience any of these, please schedule an appointment with Lower East Side Orthodontics by calling (212) 475-0051.

American Dental Association
American Association of Orthodontics
World Federation of Orthodontists
New York State Dental Association
9th District dental society