braces and smilesMost people wrongly think that orthodontic treatment is to be done at the age of adolescence and not before that. The fact is if orthodontic checkup is done while the primary teeth are still present, the orthodontist can discover problems with teeth and jaw growth much earlier. But parents decide to wait till their child has all her or his permanent teeth. However it is recommended by the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) that every child should get orthodontic checkup before the age of 7 years. Dr. Brian Lee from Braces and Smiles – Forest Hills Queens Top Orthodontist for Invisalign and Braces emphasizes this very fact.

Orthodontic checkup is of immense value and it is important that parents should understand it. By the 7th year of age, enough number of permanent teeth emerge so as to enable an orthodontist to assess the connection building up between teeth, bite and jaws. At this stage, an orthodontist can correctly point out if there is something awry.

There are some conditions which are apparent enough to indicate that there is a need of checkup. Some of them are:

  • Loss of primary teeth, either too early or too late
  • Child finds it difficult to bite or chew
  • Difficulty in speech
  • Mouth breathing
  • Habit of thumb sucking
  • Crowded, blocked-out or misplaced teeth
  • Jaws that move or make sound or even noise
  • Too forward or too backward jaws
  • Biting of inside of cheek or roof of mouth
  • Teeth that meet awkwardly or don’t even meet
  • Asymmetry or imbalance of face
  • Scrunching or grinding teeth

What Do Orthodontists Do?

Orthodontists specialize in correcting imperfectly aligned teeth and jaws, i.e. bad bites. For this, they are qualified with an advanced course of two to three years after their education in the dental school, to get trained in aligning and straightening teeth in a proper way. Thus only those dentists who receive this advanced education may declare themselves orthodontists and only they are eligible for the membership of AAO.

Dr. Brian Lee says that protruded teeth may be prone to injury. You can get a lot of information at You can also schedule an appointment for free orthodontic advice with them. Braces and Smiles based at Forest Hills, Queens NY, is a perfect place for you if you are planning to get Invisalign or any other types of braces.

Dr. Brian Lee acquired his degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dentistry and from the University of the Pacific Orthodontic Residency Program he did another course in advanced education in orthodontics for two and a half years. He is also a member of AAO.

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