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9 Clues Your Child Should See An Orthodontist

Braces… they seem like a rite of passage from adolescence to young adulthood. You may have wondered whether your child really needs braces and when. Though healthy teeth can be moved at any age, seeing an orthodontist early can mean less extensive orthodontic treatment later, and ultimately save you some money, too (and who doesn’t want to save a little cash?).

The question is how do you know if your child, who’s teeth might seem straight as an arrow needs to see an orthodontist? Just to be on the safe side, your child should see an orthodontist by age 7 even if they don’t have any visible problems with their teeth. Dr. Kacer and our team at OrthoPros offer free consultations so you can determine the best time for your child to get braces.

If early treatment is not necessary, your child can still enroll in the OrthoPros Kids Club and get access to prizes, discounted dental cleanings and exams, and the chance to win U of A tickets and participate in Tucson Roadrunners High Five Tunnels! Dr. Kacer will monitor your child’s growth until it is the optimal time to begin orthodontic treatment.


1) Your child lost their baby teeth early

2) Your child lost their baby teeth late

3) Your child sometimes has difficulty chewing or biting into food

4) Your child is or was a thumb sucker or finger sucker

5) Some of your child’s teeth seem a bit crowded or misplaced

6) Your child’s jaw shifts and makes sounds

7) Your child often bites their cheek or the roof of their mouth

8) Your child’s teeth meet abnormally or not at all

9) Your child’s teeth are out of proportion to the rest of their face, either too large or too small

If you answered yes to more than one of the statements above, contact our OrthoPros team, and we’ll set up a complimentary evaluation. Seeing an orthodontist early could give your child the early intervention they need to smile confidently for life, because what you can fix now will make tomorrow a lot easier.


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