About Orthodontics > When to see an Orthodontist

If you feel there is a problem, the best time to have a consultation is now!
Orthodontic problems are usually evident by the age of about seven, or, when most of the front adult teeth have erupted.

An examination with an orthodontist at this stage allows the early detection of problems and time to plan a treatment schedule. In some cases early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing at a later stage. We may also be able to achieve results that are not possible once growth has ceased.

In most cases we commence treatment once all of the baby teeth have been shed, this is usually in the early teens.
However, it may be an advantage to start treatment earlier. You should see an orthodontist if you have any concerns such as;
  • Crowding
  • Misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Your child sucks their thumb or fingers
  • The jaws protrude or are recessed,
  • The jaws make a sound or shift
  • The teeth are protruding
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Difficulty speaking or pronouncing words
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Teeth meet in an abnormal way - such as the top teeth are behind bottom teeth
  • The teeth don’t meet at all
  • The face is imbalanced or features seem out of proportion to the rest of the face
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips
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