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Most people recognize that crooked or crowded teeth indicate the need for orthodontic help. But how can you determine if your own child is due for a braces consultation? According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are many early warning signs that your child may need to be examined by an orthodontist on your dental plan. In honor of National Orthodontic Health Month in October, the following is a list of signs to look out for:

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth.
  • Difficulty in chewing or biting.
  • Mouth breathing.
  • Thumb/finger sucking.
  • Misplaced or blocked-out teeth.
  • Jaws that shift or make sounds.
  • Biting the cheek.
  • Lower front teeth biting into the roof of the mouth.
  • Teeth that meet abnormally or not at all.
  • A crossbite.


The Association notes that orthodontic patients are most commonly between the ages of 9 and 14. However, starting at age 7, all children should have a consultation with an orthodontist to determine the need for any level of orthodontic treatment. No matter a person’s age, it’s important to correct dental problems because it improves a person’s overall health and well-being. Plus, straight teeth can be a big source of confidence for any adolescent or adult!

If you do notice any of the above signs or habits in either your child or yourself, make a point to schedule an appointment with an orthodontist and find out how can get on the right track toward a beautiful smile. Also, be sure to take your True Dental Discounts membership card with you on your visit so that you can receive the excellent discounts available in our dental plan.


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