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Questions & Answers
If you have questions about the alignment of your teeth, you should consider an appointment with an orthodontist. Parents often seek consultation with an orthodontist if their child has noticeably crooked or crowded teeth. Malocclusions like underbites or overbites are also common reasons to seek orthodontic treatment. If your dentist has expressed concern over a “bad bite,” seeing an orthodontist is a good step to take.
Other reasons to see an orthodontist include:
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Difficulty chewing properly
- Mouth breathing
- Thumb or finger sucking in children
- Traumatic injury
- Cleft lip and palate
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist at age seven. This is when permanent teeth are coming in, so it makes sense to schedule an appointment around this time. However, orthodontic treatment can be started at any age.
Certain orthodontic problems that can be treated more effectively at a younger age. Once the permanent teeth have all come in and the jaw has matured, some cases can be more difficult to correct. Early treatment (also known as Phase One) can begin as early as age six. Phase Two begins at age 11 or older. The goal of early treatment is to correct jaw growth and certain bite problems, while also making room for permanent teeth to come in properly.
Even if it isn’t time to begin treatment for your child, it’s best to have him or her under observation with an orthodontist so you’ll know when the perfect start time arrives. Your initial consultation is free — and there will be no charge for follow-up observations until your child is ready for treatment.
OXSmiles Treatment FAQs
- Discreet: Nearly invisible, no one will notice that you’re wearing Invisalign®.
- Removable: Take out your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. No wires or brackets mean unrestricted eating, nowhere for food to get caught, and nothing to break.
- Comfortable: The smooth, closely fitted trays don’t irritate like wires or brackets can.
- Convenient: Play a sport or an instrument? Keep up with your activities without worries or changes in routine.
- Easy: Fewer appointments are needed, since you just switch to the next tray instead of having an in-office braces adjustment. And the appointments you do have take less time.
- Fun: We can show you how your teeth will look at the end of treatment right when you begin! Instead of imagining how much better your smile can be, you’ll be able to see it for yourself.