When to see an Orthodontist
Many people are aware that they should see their dentist at least 2 times a year. But when should you see an orthodontist? While it’s true that regular checkups with an orthodontist is a sensible idea, you should also pay attention to warning signs that indicate a real need to see an orthodontist as soon as you possible. If you see these signs in yourself or in your children, schedule an appointment with your orthodontist:
- You (or your teenage child) are having trouble biting or chewing your food.
- You have lost your baby teeth far too soon or too late.
- Your children have developed bad oral habits such as sucking on their fingers and teeth grinding.
- You’re breathing mostly through the mouth. This practice can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Your jaws make sounds, or they have shifted, recessed, or protruded.
- Your teeth have become overly crowded or they’re not in their proper places.
- Your teeth are protruding.
- Speech has become more difficult for you.
- You’re biting your cheek or the roof of your mouth.
- Your teeth don’t meet at all, or they don’t meet correctly.
- You’ve developed the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Your face doesn’t look symmetrical and balanced.