Many people are aware that they should see their dentist at least 2 times a year. But when should you see an orthodontist? While it’s true that regular checkups with an orthodontist is a sensible idea, you should also pay attention to warning signs that indicate a real need to see an orthodontist as soon as you possible. If you see these signs in yourself or in your children, schedule an appointment with your orthodontist:
- You (or your teenage child) are having trouble biting or chewing your food.
- You have lost your baby teeth far too soon or too late.
- Your children have developed bad oral habits such as sucking on their fingers and teeth grinding.
- You’re breathing mostly through the mouth. This practice can lead to bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease.
- Your jaws make sounds, or they have shifted, recessed, or protruded.
- Your teeth have become overly crowded or they’re not in their proper places.
- Your teeth are protruding.
- Speech has become more difficult for you.
- You’re biting your cheek or the roof of your mouth.
- Your teeth don’t meet at all, or they don’t meet correctly.
- You’ve developed the habit of clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Your face doesn’t look symmetrical and balanced.
If you notice any of these signs, you should arrange for an appointment with an orthodontist as soon as possible. Ignoring these signs will just make the problem worse, and the solution can become more complicated and time-consuming.