Why Early Orthodontic Treatment?

27 Jul 2019 What's New



What’s special about age 7? It’s the age where your child starts new hobbies or sports. It’s also when your child should visit an orthodontist for a check-up!

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children are seen no later than age 7. You may think “but my child has straight teeth, why should I bother?” The truth is that there are several conditions and developmental problems that only an orthodontist will be able to detect. At Ortho101, we can guide jaws from an early age and help prevent problems from either developing or worsening.

Here are a few signs that orthodontic treatment is needed, as provided by the AAO:

  • You want a beautiful smile
  • You feel a great smile will improve your self-esteem and self-confidence
  • You want the best for your family
  • Early or late loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
  • Speech difficulty
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth
  • Inability to comfortably close lips
  • Contact us for your child’s early treatment check-up today at Ortho101 in Grande Prairie!

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