Early warning signs indicating it is time for an orthodontic check up
- Early loss of milk teeth
- Difficulty in chewing or biting
- Habits – Mouth breathing, Thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Speech difficulty
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry
- Feeling awkward about your smile
When is the best time to begin orthodontics?
Though at Sakti Dental & Orthodontics we can enhance a smile at any age, most orthodontic problems will have an ideal time to be corrected and this will depend on the type of problem and on growth and development of the jaw bone and the teeth. Beginning treatment at the optimal time will simplify treatment while ensuring the greatest result and the least amount of time and expense.
The guidelines put forward by American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) & Indian Orthodontic Society (IOS) recommends that all children should make a visit to an orthodontist by the age of seven or sooner if something is obviously wrong. Fortunately, many young patients don’t need anything more than observation while the permanent teeth are growing into place, however, some young patients may have jaw problems(either too small or too big) that requires or call for immediate attention.
Dr.Shivasankar can identify current or anticipated future dental problems and determine the best time for treatment. Any ongoing oral habits can also be evaluated at this time such as thumb sucking, mouth breathing, or finger sucking. Ideal period to begin active treatment for irregular teeth is between ages 10 to 14.
Please feel free to contact our office and schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation and gift a smile to your child.