If you recognize any of these signs or concerns in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

▪ You want a beautiful smile
▪ You feel a great smile will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
▪ Early or late loss of baby teeth
▪ Difficulty chewing or biting
▪ Mouth breathing
▪ Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
▪ Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
▪ Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
▪ 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 (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
▪ Grinding or clenching of teeth
▪ Inability to comfortably close lips

Why Children Should Get an Orthodontic Check-up No Later Than Age 7:

Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect

▪ Early treatment may prevent more serious problems in the future.
▪ Early treatment may make treatment at a later age less complicated.
▪ Some treatments may not be possible once the face and jaws finish growing.

Monitoring growth and development earlier allows the orthodontist to guide jaw growth, correct harmful oral habits, and guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position.

Today's Orthodontic Treatment

A study of mothers, conducted on behalf of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) finds 86 percent of mothers reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children's experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

Mothers Report Braces as one of the Best Investments

While the perceptions and attitudes surrounding braces have changed over the years, the goal of orthodontic treatment remains the same - to help each patient achieve a beautiful smile. In fact, 78 percent of mothers who had braces as a child believe braces are one of the best investments their parents made for them

More Comfortable and a Better Experience

Orthodontic treatment is easier than ever and more enjoyable for today's patients. A majority of mothers reported that while wearing braces used to be a less comfortable and a lengthier process, new technologies and orthodontic options are making their children's experience more enjoyable. Most also described the experience of visiting the orthodontist office as fun. And computer software that can predict the post-treatment appearance may help keep patients motivated. Advacen Dental orthodontists offering different types of braces - metal traditional braces, clear invisible braces or invisalign to make your smile or smile of your child beautiful.