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