When should you first visit the Orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that a child’s first visit to an orthodontist take place by age seven, or earlier if an orthodontic problem is detected. They have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Drs. Berkman or Shapiro. Here are some warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Finger sucking or other oral habits
  • Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth

If you have any of these warning signs do not hesitate to contact us for a Free Smile Exam to determine how we can help you create your great new smile!
– The Berkman + Shapiro Team


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