Do You Need Braces?

Orthodontic treatment is often recommended by a dentist. They may refer you to an orthodontist to better assist you. But did you know an orthodontic consultation doesn’t require a referral? That’s right – no referral necessary! You can schedule a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist to have your smile assessed without the recommendation of a doctor. 
Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids and teens. Today, one in five patients is over the age of 18 years old. Adults are now taking the time to invest in their smiles. Remember there is no age limit on orthodontic treatment!


If you are curious about treatment or if you think you or your child may benefit from braces or Invisalign, there are a few signs to look out for. According to the Canadian Association of Orthodontists some of the following may be some signs that an orthodontic visit should be on your To-Do list…


1) Difficulty chewing or biting 
2) Gaps or spaces in your teeth
3) Crooked or misaligned teeth
4) Clicking or popping sounds from your jaw 
5) Feeling self-conscious to smile 
When it comes to orthodontic treatment for children, it is recommended that a child should be assessed when they turn 7. Since children are growing, it is ideal to have them evaluated early to catch problems before they become more severe. A few specific growth and development signs to look out for might be:


1) An ongoing thumb or finger sucking habit (once the adult teeth begin to erupt)
2) Premature loss of baby teeth
3) New adult teeth growing “out of place”
4) A severe overbite or an underbite
Often times, however, only a certified orthodontist will be able to truly determine if you or your child need braces or orthodontic treatment. These signs listed above are helpful indicators and a reminder that you don’t need a referral for treatment. Visit us in Whitby at Taunton Orthodontics for your complimentary consultation today!


– The Taunton Orthodontics Team
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