DR. PETERS JOINS AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORTHODONTISTS IN RECOMMENDING ORTHODONTIC CHECK-UPS FOR CHILDREN NO LATER THAN AGE 7
(AUSTIN, TEXAS, 7-9-2013) - Although many people associate orthodontic treatment with adolescence, Austin/Leander/Round Rock orthodontist Dr. Brian J. Peters says that orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth or with the teeth much earlier, while the primary or “baby” teeth are present.
Parents may incorrectly assume they must wait until a child has all of his or her permanent teeth. However, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child get check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7.
“I can't overemphasize how important it is that parents understand the value of an orthodontic check- up,” says Dr. Peters. “By age 7, enough permanent teeth have arrived for an orthodontist to evaluate relationships developing between teeth, jaw and bite. Orthodontists can determine what, if anything is awry.
“An early visit to the orthodontist can ease a parent’s mind, too,” notes Dr. Peters. “Our recommendation may simply be ‘let's wait and see’ while the face and jaws continue to grow.”
Some of the more readily apparent conditions that indicate the need for an examination include:
- early or late loss of baby teeth
- difficulty in chewing or biting
- mouth breathing
- thumb sucking
- crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- jaws that shift or make sounds
- speech difficulties
- biting the cheek or the roof of the mouth
- teeth that meet abnormally, or don’t meet at all
- facial imbalance
- jaws that are too far forward or back
- grinding or clenching of the teeth
Dr. Peters notes that protrusive teeth can be prone to injury.
Dr. Peters graduated from the prestigious Ivy League Columbia School of Dental Medicine and completed an additional three year, advanced educational program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center.
Dr. Peters is a member of the AAO, which has 16,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad. Orthodontists are uniquely qualified specialists who correct improperly aligned teeth and jaws (bad bites). They receive an additional two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school to learn the proper way to align and straighten teeth. Only those with this formal education may call themselves “orthodontists,” and only orthodontists are eligible for membership in the AAO. Visit the AAO online at www.braces.org. or Austin Family Orthodontics at www.austinfamilyorthodontics.com.