Warning Signs

your child should have an Orthodontic exam:

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

INTERCEPTIVE TREATMENT (early intervention which takes advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption) IS BENEFICIAL IN:

-Lessening the severity of a problem, making the completion of
treatment at a later age less time consuming and less expensive.
-Avoiding the need to extract permanent teeth in the future.
-Reducing or eliminating the need for future jaw or facial surgery.
-Avoiding fracture or loss of protruding teeth due to accident.
-Eliminating adverse habits such as thumb-finger sucking.
-Correcting early alignment of teeth.
-Correcting crossbite, tooth grinding, tooth interference and
lower jaw displacement.
-Coordinating the extraction of primary (baby) teeth with the family
dentist and allowing for proper eruption of permanent teeth.
-Enhancing proper speech development.
-Improving self-image.