Although the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have their first orthodontic screening by age seven, that doesn't mean that adults can't be treated, too! You don't even have to receive a referral from a general dentist. 

The AAO recommends that if you or your child relate to any of the following signs or concerns, you should make an appointment with an orthodontist as soon as possible: 

  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Engage in bad oral habits like thumb or finger sucking 
  • Facial imbalance
  • Having problems breathing 
  • Having difficulty chewing or biting 
  • Inability to close lips comfortably
  • Involuntarily biting of the cheek or the roof of the mouth
  • Losing baby teeth too early or too late
  • Misplaced, crowded or blocked teeth
  • Problems speaking clearly
  • Protruding or "buck" teeth
  • Teeth that meet in an irregular manner, or don't meet at all
  • You think that improving your teeth will boost your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Going to the orthodontist does not have to be a scary activity. During your first consultation, he or she will simply examine your teeth and make a recommendation about what (if anything) needs to be done. 

If you do need orthodontic braces, don't think that you have to get the traditional metal variety that you remember from your childhood. There are multiple options for adults with braces including ceramic or clear braces and Invisalign trays. 

Could your teeth benefit from orthodontic treatment? If you've been thinking about it for a while, contact an orthodontist in New York City today. The knowledgeable staff at Upper Eastside Orthodontists would be happy to work with you!

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