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The best age for orthodontic treatment…

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age 7 or earlier if a problem is detected by parents, the family dentist, or the child’s physician.

Your child's orthodontic exam starts at 7

Your child’s orthodontic exam starts at 7

At age 7, your child will have a mixture of adult and baby teeth to make a determination about whether any problems are present. Typically the first molars have come in by the time your child turns seven, giving us an opportunity to check for a “bad bite.”

Also, by the time your child reaches the age of seven, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites, and open bites can be detected.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma.  Aside from spurring years of harmful teasing, malaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene.  Still have questions?  You know where to reach us,


Am I too young or old for braces?

Getting braces is not based on age. It is based on the patient’s condition with how their jaws develop and/or how their teeth have grown in.  A consult with your Orthodontist at Global Smiles Orthodontics will help determine if you or your child is ready for braces.

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Sometimes going in at an early age can help prevent a problem in the future.  Also if you have any questions or concerns about your teeth you can write them down and go over them with your orthodontist to be sure you’re getting all the answers you want at your appointment.

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Your smile might be your top asset. In a study by the American Association of Orthodontist, people rated faces (regardless of physical characteristics) with beaming smiles as more attractive than those with not-so-big grins. More support for smiling: Women with great smiles and no makeup on were considered better-looking than those with makeup and a straight face, a U.K. study from Wrigley gum notes.

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Want to appear toned without the agony of pushups? Yes, please! People with “perfect” smiles (white, aligned teeth) are considered more athletic than those with bad teeth, a study in the American Journal of Orthodontics an Dentofacial Orthopedics reveals. Braces, anyone?

My Smile, The Best Decision I Ever Made!

The American Association of Orthodontists set up a series of videos to educate the public about braces: “My Smile, The Best Decision I Ever Made!”

They are fun to watch and have a lot of great information on different topics ranging from “Adult Orthodontics”, “Wish I had Braces on sooner”, “Common Bite Problems”, to “Orthodontics Today”.

Mendieta Orthodontics uploaded a few videos for you on our youtube feed:

Global Smiles feed, scroll down to what you want to watch, “” for example.  We hope you find them informative!

Orthodontists receive more formal education than dentists to specialize in straightening teeth. Like dentists, orthodontists graduate from dental school. Then, to be an orthodontist, it takes an additional two to three academic years of education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. Orthodontists are dentistry’s specialists in straightening teeth and aligning jaws to create optimal function and form.

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5 signs your child may need braces…

It’s easy to tell if your child may need to see the orthodontist.

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There are 5 easy ways to check if your child may need braces

5 easy ways to check if your child may need braces

Here are some of the things to look for (clockwise):

1.  Check to see if there is an over bite.

2.  Is there a cross bite, also known as a “scissor” bite next to the molars?

3.  Check for a large gap in between the two front teeth.

4.  Are the teeth crowded or crooked?

5.  Check to see if there is an under bite.

These are a few of the signs orthodontics may be needed to help improve a smile. If you suspect a problem or have a question, make an appointment to be on the safe side!

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