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It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, new insurance, and bigger smiles. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment for your child this year, our partners at Dunn Orthodontics in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Litchfield Park have outlined a few common orthodontic problems you can be on the lookout for. These common orthodontic problems may indicate that it’s time for your child’s first orthodontic growth check-up. 

Common Orthodontic Problems to Watch For 

Some of the most prevalent orthodontic problems to watch for include:

  • Teeth crowding
  • Blocked teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Protruding teeth 
  • Thumb sucking

At What Age Should I Bring My Child in for an Orthodontic Evaluation?

Did you know that the American Association of Orthodontists recommends a child have their first orthodontic check-up by age seven? At age seven, baby teeth are starting to be replaced with permanent teeth. It’s an ideal time to check for potential problems before they become more severe. 

What does this mean for you and your child? If problems are addressed early on, it could mean less invasive and less costly treatment.  Drs. Matthew and Courtney Dunn of Dunn Orthodontics explained that they can intercept certain orthodontic problems before they become more serious, which can reduce the need for extractions, oral surgery or more lengthy orthodontic treatment later on. Plus, kids love being able to start their high school years with a great smile they can show off! 

Not all children will need early treatment, but it’s a good idea to get your child checked when they turn seven, or if you suspect they have orthodontic problems that should be evaluated. The sooner you get your child evaluated, the more options you’ll have for their course of treatment. By taking your child in for an early check-up, you can rest assured that your child will start treatment at the time that’s best for their growth. 

What Can I Expect from my First Visit to the Orthodontist? 

An orthodontist will complete an exam, X-rays, and will evaluate any bite or jaw concerns that can cause orthodontic problems. You’ll also meet the Treatment Coordinator, who will recommend a course of treatment and discuss financial options with you. 

Do I Need a Referral from my Child’s General Dentist? 

At Dunn Orthodontics, they are happy to accept all new patients, and no referral is required! 

It’s a new year to smile. If you’re ready to get started on the smile that you’ve always wanted for your child, or maybe even for yourself, click here to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dunn Orthodontics. Get started with braces as low as $99/month today!

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