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Why Your Child Should Have An Orthodontic Evaluation By Age 7

Why Age 7?
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Even though most people think of teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. Here are several reasons: Dr. Moin can spot slight problems with jaw growth and new emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. While your child’s teeth may look straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. The check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine. Or, Dr. Moin may identify…

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Understanding Orthodontic Terminology

Understanding Orthodontic Terminology
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Your child is in braces. At the end of an appointment, the orthodontic assistant updates you on your child’s treatment and says, “Susie had a broken bracket, so we recemented it. She needs to come back in 6 weeks for an adjustment.”  Those metal things on her teeth with wires and elastics are straightening things out, but what exactly is a bracket and what is an adjustment? Here is a list of common orthodontic terminology that can help you understand what is happening with your child’s orthodontic treatment. Adjustment: Regular follow-up visit for orthodontic patients with traditional braces. Elastic ligatures…

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