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You can be diligent and devoted to good dental hygiene habits, brushing and flossing on a daily basis. You can eat healthy and carefully, treating your teeth with all the care and respect they deserve. These are all good things to do, but they don’t guarantee that you won’t have to see an orthodontist in the future. And if you need to see one, you shouldn’t delay: They can solve problems you have with your teeth before they turn into something terrible.

If you’re wondering when you should see an orthodontist, there are some telltale signs that you should be on the lookout for. Here are some symptoms and conditions that you should keep in mind. If you’re experiencing any of these, give Dental Specialty Associates a call. We can help you get your teeth back on the right track.

For Children

It is recommended that children see an orthodontist by the time they turn 7. It’s a good idea to take them to see an orthodontist even if they don’t exhibit any kind of dental problems. Their jaws are still developing, so the purpose of the visit is to catch any potential issues before they blossom into something worse.

For Adults

Do you stop yourself from smiling because you’re afraid of how your teeth will look? Do you find yourself covering your mouth with your hand? Are you embarrassed by your crooked teeth? These are all good signs that you need to see the orthodontist.

The main reason why people visit orthodontist is to receive malocclusion treatment. Malocclusion is a “bad bite”, where your teeth have moved and become crooked or overcrowded. This leads to overbites and underbites. This condition can also cause tooth decay, gum disease and even bone loss. That’s because overlapping teeth can be really tough to clean. Bad bites can also cause problems with chewing and talking.

Braces & Invisalign

Orthodontists can help straighten your teeth and help your bite! They correct this by fixing how your teeth together and how your jaws line up. This is accomplished through the use of braces, Invisalign treatments and other relatively non-invasive surgeries and procedures.

Even if your teeth look fine and don’t show signs of movement, pay attention to other potential warning signs. If your gums are bleeding or your breath smells consistently terrible no matter how hard you try to freshen it up, that could be a warning sign of periodontal disease. And as your gums wear down, this causes your teeth to loosen up and move, which can affect your jaw bone, your bite and how your mouth works.

Relieve & Prevent Tooth Pain

If you feel any persistent pains or soreness in your jaw, that is also a good reason to see an orthodontist. Moving teeth could hit a nerve or grow down a weird angle, exerting painful pressure on vulnerable parts of your mouth. And if your teeth feel at all loose or weak, you need to see someone quickly before they shatter or fall out. Once a natural tooth is gone it’s gone forever. Preserve the ones you have while you still can!

For more information about how we can help you achieve better dental health, give Dental Specialty Associates a call at (602)-795-5995.